Cold Mountain

Cold Mountain
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Cold Mountain is the saga of Inman, a wounded deserter from the Confederate Army fleeing the horrors of the American Civil War. He struggles to return by foot to the love of his life, Ada Monroe. Meanwhile, Ada faces her own difficulties as she tries to survive the war on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina.
Spirituality
Inman searches for meaning in a war-torn world, exploring spirituality in nature, American Indian legends, and religion.
Longing for Home
Inman travels toward the old way of life he knows and desires, while Ada yearns to find her place in life.
Community
Survival depends on people • cooperating, providing safety, • and alleviating loneliness.
Monroe
Ads's overprotective preacher father
Inman
Confederate solider struggling to find spiritual stability; deserts to be with Ads.
Ada Monroe
Former city woman, adapts to manual farm labor during the war.
Ruby Thewes
Helps ads on her farm becomes a close friend
Stobrod Thewes
Ruby's irrosponsible, alcoholic father
1997
Year Cold Mountain won the National Book Award.
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Oscar nominations for the 2003 film adaptation starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellweger.
6,030
Height in feet of Cold Mountain.
~750,000
American soldiers who died in the civil war.
Symbols
Cold Mountain
Birds
Roads
Symbolizes stability, home, and belonging.
Represent independence freedon, life, escape and death.
Stand for inman's quest to return home and the choices made in finding a life path.
Author
CHARLES FRAZIER BORN 1950
Frazier grew up in western North Carolina, near Cold Mountain. While teaching at North Carolina State University, he was inspired to write Cold Mountain by the life of his great-great-uncle W.P. Inman, a Civil War soldier who walked back home to the mountains from the battlefields.
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