Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

I’m almost in the middle of Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier.  I have to finish it by next Tuesday which is Book Club.

Have you read it?  It won the National Book Award—and was made into a movie, too.  I haven’t seen the movie———and I haven’t read the book!

He is a good author.  Started kind of slowly—Inman in a field hospital recovering from wounds from battle in Civil War.  Kind of graphic descriptions of the conditions.  Then he leaves the hospital in the dark of night to find his way home to Cold Mountain in North Carolina.

The scenery that is described is as much a character as any in the book.  And if you take your time reading–and you must, you’ll enjoy a rich narrative of meandering through woods and next to streams.  Inman must stay out of sight for the most part, to avoid being arrested for escaping duty, so it’s a lonely journey.  But we’re there, too.

The names are great—Inman, Ada, (oh, yes, there’s a feminine side to this story), Esco, Odell.  Wonderful country names—Frazier must have had a good time thinking them up for his book.

There are some humorous parts–dry humor, and great insights into the personalities of the people Inman meets.  Everyman so to speak.

The book is warming up.  You still have time to start it and go to book club with me for the discussion . . .

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