a preponderance of punctuation marks (reedrover) wrote,
a preponderance of punctuation marks

Book Review: Cold Mountain

Eh, don't bother. The author decided to pass up on common formatting for conversation (you know, that whole quotes around a spoken sentence), which made it visually hard to read. The word choice was rich, but that didn't quite make up for the glacial pace. The theme is basically two sets of characters who are trying to remake themselves outside of the structure of the civil war. They wander from incident to incident, only slowly growing/changing. I plodded through it, kept afloat by one secondary character (Ruby) and the portrait of characters encountered by the wounded soldier as he traveled. And really, after that long slog through the story, I would have appreciated a slightly happier ending.
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