Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain : Hachette Essentials

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A soldier wounded in the Civil War, Inman turns his back on the carnage of the battlefield and begins the treacherous journey home to Cold Mountain, and to Ada, the woman he loved before the war began.

As Inman attempts to make his way across the mountains, through the devastated landscape of a soon-to-be-defeated South, Ada struggles to make a living from the land her once-wealthy father left when he died. Neither knows if the other is still alive.

'A beautiful book, written in exquisite prose' Kate Atkinson
'Magnificent' Observer
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 115 x 195 x 22mm | 306g
  • Sceptre
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529325277
  • 9781529325270
  • 490,284

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A poetic account of hardship, violence and longing ... From a simple framework of alternating narratives, Frazier builds up a richly detailed portrayal of a vanished world * Daily Telegraph * A remarkable first novel, a romance of love, of friendship, of family, of land. Frazier has inhaled the spirit of the age and breathes it into the reader's being * The Times * A beautiful book, written in exquisite prose -- Kate Atkinson Magnificent . . . this wonderful novel presents the terrible, discordant reality of life in a war. Profoundly moving, it raises all the big questions * Observer *
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About Charles Frazier

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of North Carolina. COLD MOUNTAIN, his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller, selling over one million copies and winning the National Book Award in 1997. It was the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film directed by Anthony Minghella and starring Nicole Kidman, Jude Law, and Renee Zellweger.

Charles Frazier is author of THIRTEEN MOONS, NIGHTWOODS, and, most recently, VARINA. To find out more, visit his Facebook page on or follow him on Twitter @Charles_Frazier
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217,621 ratings
3.86 out of 5 stars
5 32% (68,873)
4 36% (78,150)
3 22% (48,869)
2 7% (15,214)
1 3% (6,515)
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