Shelf Control: “Cold Mountain”

Happy Hump Day!

Today I decided to once again forego WWW Wednesday and write another Shelf Control post.

Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. It’s all about books we own but have yet to read.

Here’s my pick of the week …

“Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier

10920First published in 1997

449 pages

Cold Mountain is a novel about a soldier’s perilous journey back to his beloved near the Civil War’s end. At once a love story & a harrowing account of one man’s long walk home, Cold Mountain introduces a new talent in American literature.

Based on local history & family stories passed down by Frazier’s great-great-grandfather, Cold Mountain is the tale of a wounded Confederate soldier, Inman, who walks away from the ravages of the war & back home to his prewar sweetheart, Ada. His odyssey thru the devastated landscape of the soon-to-be-defeated South interweaves with Ada’s struggle to revive her father’s farm, with the help of an intrepid young drifter named Ruby. As their long-separated lives begin to converge at the close of the war, Inman & Ada confront the vastly transformed world they’ve been delivered.

Frazier reveals insight into human relations with the land & the dangers of solitude. He also shares with the great 19th century novelists a keen observation of a society undergoing change. Cold Mountain recreates a world gone by that speaks to our time.

How I got it: At a used book sale.

When I got it: July 2015.

Why I want to read it: I really enjoy historical fiction from various time periods, and the Civil War era fascinates me. I first heard about this book when it was adapted into a movie, but I was probably too young to appreciate it.

I like the fact that Frazier crafted this novel, in part, from stories passed down through his family. I have a lot of respect for authors who take on the challenge of writing a fictional piece about a point in time they probably never lived through … hats off to the ones who get it right!

 

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Tonight after Bible study I’ll tune in to Game 2 of the World Series. Last night the Cubs were shut out 6-o. While that was disappointing, we’ve still got a ways to go!

That’s it for today. Tomorrow night is book (and soup) swap and will probably be the subject of my next post!

 

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