Pasatiempo - - IN OTHER WORDS - — Jen­nifer Levin

Fi­nale with Fra­zier: Cold Moun­tain Book Club The fi­nal in­stall­ment of the Cold Moun­tain Book Club meets at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St.) at 6 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, July 29. The book up for dis­cus­sion is none other than Cold Moun­tain, and the ses­sion will be mod­er­ated by its au­thor, Charles Fra­zier. Cold Moun­tain was Fra­zier’s first novel. It re­ceived the Na­tional Book Award in 1997, and in 2003 An­thony Minghella adapted the screen­play and di­rected the film ver­sion, which went on to be nom­i­nated for seven Academy Awards. The monthly book club be­gan meet­ing in March to ex­plore literature deal­ing with the Civil War, se­lected by Fra­zier, prior to the de­but of the opera Cold Moun­tain on Aug. 1 at the Santa Fe Opera.

Books to set the scene in­cluded Nar­ra­tive of the Life of Fred­er­ick Dou­glass, an Amer­i­can Slave by Fred­er­ick Dou­glass and The Un­van­quished by Wil­liam Faulkner. In Cold Moun­tain, a soldier named W.P. In­man deserts the Con­fed­er­ate army in the wan­ing days of the war. Though badly in­jured, he sets off to walk home to the moun­tain of the ti­tle, lo­cated in western North Carolina. Back on Cold Moun­tain, Ada Monroe, the wealthy and cod­dled daugh­ter of a re­cently de­ceased preacher, learns how to work her own farm with the strong lead­er­ship of Ruby, a lo­cal girl who’s in­ti­mately fa­mil­iar with the re­gion’s flora and fauna and what it takes to sur­vive with­out hus­bands or help. Ada and In­man were al­most an item, but she hasn’t seen him since he left to fight four years ear­lier. The closer he gets to Cold Moun­tain, the more de­ter­mined he is to marry Ada, even though he knows he’s bat­tle-rav­aged, phys­i­cally and psy­cho­log­i­cally. Fra­zier reads se­lec­tions from the book and en­gages par­tic­i­pants in an in-depth ques­tion-and-an­swer ses­sion about the char­ac­ters, plot, themes, and other el­e­ments of the novel.

Charles Fra­zier

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