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The story of "Cold Mountain" is a best selling novel and it is the first

book written by Charles Frazier. It took years of research before he could

write this novel.

The plot of Cold Mountain is really and old idea, in fact it is an ancient one. The plot is the same as the one in an ancient book by Homer.

The story I am referring to is "The Odyssey". The Odyssey is a book

about a wounded soldier trying to find his way back home and his

sweetheart, Penelope that is waiting for his return. Cold Mountain is the

story of a wounded Confederate soldier that was wounded, deserts, and

begins a journey back to his home in the Blue Ridge
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The second part of the plot in this story is about Inman's sweetheart,

Ada. Ada has a much different odyssey than Inman, but just as perilous.

She is learning about herself, friendship, and survival.

In the beginning, Ada is trying to cope with the death of her father. Her

father, a preacher, bought her to the mountains and kept her sheltered from

the ways of the world. While he tried to give her a good life, he never

prepared he for the real world, as you will see later.

Ada was raised in Charleston, South Carolina. She was raised in an

aristocratic society where work was never experienced and money took

care of everything. Ada had no idea how to live from day to day on a farm.

Which is where she was stranded after her father died. During the war, all

the able bodied men were gone to fight and her hired help had moved away

months earlier. To make matters worse, she discovers that her father's

death had left her penniless.

Ada's desperation all changed when she takes Ruby into her home.

Ruby is a young but wise country girl that has had to rely on her own

abilities to get by for most of her life. Ruby is pretty much Ada's savior at

this point. Ruby teaches her all about running a farm, preparing food, and

how to take care of herself without depending on money.

Together, they go from desolate to having a very successful farming

operation. It return for her help, Ada gives
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