Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain

Book - 1997 | 1st ed
Average Rating:
Rate this:
"A rare and extraordinary book . . . heart-stopping . . . spellbinding."-- San Francisco Chronicle

"A page turner that attains the status of literature."-- Newsweek

"Finely drawn, full of dark beauty and presentiment."-- New Yorker

"An astonishing first novel."-- New York Review of Books

Charles Frazier's debut novel Cold Mountain made publishing history in 1997 when it stood at the top of the New York Times best-seller list for sixty-one weeks, won numerous literary awards, including the National Book Award, and went on to sell over three million copies. Now reissued for its twentieth year, this extraordinary tale of a soldier's perilous journey back to his beloved at the end of the Civil War is at once an enthralling adventure, a stirring love story, and a luminous evocation of a vanished land. Adapted into an Oscar nominated movie starring Nicole Kidman and Jude Law, and a 2015 opera co-commissioned between Santa Fe Opera, Opera Philadelphia and the Minnesota Opera, Cold Mountain portrays an era that continues to speak eloquently to our time.

"A haunting, beautifully written tale."-- USA Today

"Strikingly beautiful."-- Newsday

"A richly rewarding first novel . . . Wonderfully convincing, finely detailed." -- Christian Science Monitor
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780802126757
Branch Call Number: FRAZIER
Characteristics: 356 p


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Aug 03, 2017

A masterpiece of words. There were unexpected twists and turns throughout the story and I was shocked about what happens to one of the main characters. This book could stand the test of time and still be a jewel among other literary works.

Nov 12, 2016

Good novel overall. It is a good book but it is more for teens+. If you want a book about adventure and surviving, this is a good one.

PimaLib_LisaW May 07, 2015

One of my all time favorite reads. A simplistic love story complicated by a grim and devastating war. The haunting prose and vivid imagery require readers to have a passionate patience to see the story to the end.

WVMLStaffPicks Nov 13, 2014

During the Civil War, a soldier deserts the front, hoping to find his way back through Cold Mountain to his love. Their reunion turns out to be very bitter sweet. One of the best works of fiction I’ve read in a long time.

Jan 05, 2014

It's violent, gory, beautiful - the language of this book is educational, deeply moving IMO. The only CW book I have ever liked.

Sep 05, 2012

dry beyond belief. i could not keep my eyes open, it was monotone i couldn't get how this became a movie.

Aug 20, 2012

Great novel. It wasn't until after the introduction of Ruby's character that I enjoyed picking up the book. I found Ada's character to be irritating, that is until midway through her story.

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel, and would recommend it to others with a bit of advice: have patience!

Feb 28, 2012

@bdetty - I also hated this book. Couldn't stand it actually and somehow ended up with two copies. You're not alone!

Feb 27, 2012

I recognize that this book is "literature" and well written in many regards, but I hated it. I'll admit, I feel like not liking this book makes me seem like a "dumb" reader, since pretty much all "serious readers" love this book... but I can't fake it - I didn't enjoy one page of it and it took me FOREVER to finish because I never wanted to pick it up. I shouldn't have bothered.

One of the things that I hated is that the main plot is interrupted with a million little "side stories" - side stories from characters that the main characters meet or "flashbacks" from the main characters. This really distracted me and prevented me from "getting into" the story.

I also hated the style of the writing. It was cold and stark and bleak. I know this is what the author was going for, but it prevented me from developing any connection with any characters.

Mar 29, 2011

This is an amazing book.

There is an awful lot of blood and death which might be a problem for you if you're squeamish. It isn't gratuitous violence though, there is always a reason for it to be there.

I've noticed that a lot of the reviews of this book express disappointment with the ending. Without giving anything away I will say that the ending is not what you want or expect, but if you think about it, the book couldn't end any other way.

And if you're wondering, the movie is definitely worth watching too. I saw it after I read the book. I can't decide which I like more, they're very different but both very good.

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at SL

To Top