This is a really profound and wonderful book. The overleaf says he was born in the mountains of North Carolina. It has the feel of that. Cold Mountain was published by Random House in 1997. A movie with a lot of famous actors and actresses was made of it. I didn't see it.
Here's the first sentence:
At the first gesture of morning, flies began stirring."At the first gesture", the morning personified, beckoning you into the dawn of a new day and into the novel.
"Flies stirring," your interest stirring. The story stirring you. Nine simple little words, and you're in.
He could have written, "At morning's first gesture, the flies began stirring. That's actually 8 words, but it wouldn't have had the punch as the way he said it, did. It would have sounded too much like "Through rockets'red glare."
If you haven't read this strange and beautiful novel, you're missing something.
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