Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.


This week’s book:

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

10920._SY475_Blurb from Goodreads

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.

Why I Want To Read It

After William Faulker’s Absalom, Absalom!, Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain is mostly likely going to be my next read. I featured the former in my last Goodreads Monday post. The two books share something in common though apart from the fact that both were written by American authors. I bought both books years ago only to leave them gathering dust in my bookshelf. HAHA! I picked Cold Mountain out of curiosity (and because it was also on sale) about three or so years ago.

On a more serious note, Cold Mountain gives me an eerie vibe. Ironically, this vibe is quite inviting. The cold blue book cover reminds me of home; I grew up in the Cordilleran highlands so images and thoughts of mountains immediately captivate me. I know this book was made into a movie. And yes, I haven’t watched the movie nor do I plan to. Lastly, the book took home the US National Book Award for Fiction. All of these gave me reasons to include the book in my 2020 Beat the Backlist challenge.

Upon researching about the book today (I rarely research on books before I read them), I have learned that this is a historical fiction. It just gave me more reasons to immerse into the heart of this work of fiction.

Happy start of the week everyone! Stay healthy and keep safe!