“A World Properly Put Together”: Environmental Knowledge in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain

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“A World Properly Put Together”: Environmental Knowledge in Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain

by Albert Way
Southern Cultures, Vol. 10, No. 4: Winter 2004

"It has been more than seven years since the publication of Charles Frazier's Cold Mountain, and it has become nothing short of a phenomenon."

It has been more than seven years since the publication of Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain, and it has become nothing short of a phenomenon. The paperback edition continues to sell, the mountain-sized budget Hollywood movie was released in December 2003, and the book is increasingly being used in university classrooms. It appeals to a broad cross-section of readers as a love story, a war story, an adventure story, and as a story of Civil War-era daily life and folkways. Frazier’s feel for the time and place, and his masterly use of language to convey that feel, is in no small way responsible for the book’s phenomenal success.

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