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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 3 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679312633
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679312635
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 626 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #956,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NyiNya TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 19 2013
Format: Paperback
Remember when you first picked up Cold Mountain, how the first few pages were, well, boring? Yeah, yeah. Lying around the hospital bed, blind neighbor, looking out the window. It was only a few pages, but it made me put the book down for about 3 months and wonder what the heck everyone was so excited about. Then I picked up the book again, and at last, there was the magic. Inman was on his amazing journey. Ada was surviving, having located Ruby, and their various adventures were compelling and moving and the book flew away with me.

Thirteen Moons is like that first part of Cold Mountain. The boring part. It never takes off, it never flies, it just stumps forward. One or two interesting passages are lost in repetitive location descriptions, lesser journeys, and characters who are either cardboard or cliched. So if you loved this book, go hate me. I'd hate you if you didn't love Cold Mountain.

(Gratuitous advice: Forget the Cold Mountain movie. Ada as played by Nicole Kidmann is inane to the point of disability; Ruby, that stalwart little plug of a woman, is played by Renee Zellwegger, who acts as though squinting her eyes is character development; Inman was morphed into a latter-day teenage superhero. Utter
+disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Nov. 4 2006
Format: Audio CD
It's been called "a powerhouse second act," and it is that. Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Frazier's much anticipated second novel,"Thirteen Moons" is another journey to 19th century America, rich in landscape portraits and vibrant pictures of a changing nation.

One more powerhouse act is delivered by voice performer Will Patton, a two time Obie Award winner for Best Actor. Patton artfully embodies the voice of narrator/hero Will Cooper from the twelve-year-old who is sent alone into an Appalachian wilderness to the mature Will who becomes a successful business man. Most poignant are the scenes in which Will thinks of the woman he loves, Claire. One can almost hear the ache in his voice as he longs for her. Later, his strength and determination are heard when he pleads a case for the Cherokee. A remarkable voice performance!

Due to economic necessity young Will is sold in service to a man who sends him to run a trading post near to the Cherokee nation. It is there that he meets Bear, an Indian chief who befriends the boy. The Cherokees are also accepting. He has learned to speak their language, is appreciative of their culture. In addition, he meets Clare, the love of his life.

Will is nothing if not clever and in manhood becomes a financially successful man, wealthy enough to buy land for the Cherokee people who have been ordered to leave their birthplace, and wise enough to become an advocate for them in Washington.

Once again, Frazier has crafted a stunning literary experience, a brilliant work of historical fiction. Don't miss it.

- Gail Cooke
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 26 2007
Format: Hardcover
The Frontier is a central concept in the American experience. While the most progress was usually made in the crowded cities of the East, the new American spirit, psychology, and perspective were born in the Frontier. Few can tell you much about Robert Fulton or Commodore Vanderbilt, but almost everyone can say something accurate about Davy Crockett.

In recent years, it has become popular to take the exalted view of the Frontier and to turn it into post-Modern ordinariness. Some do that with humor. Others do it by patching together wildly improbable events. I applaud those efforts because they bring balance back into something that has become too much of a myth.

Thirteen Moons is another shift in perspective, but one that's a shift aimed at creating a more normal view of the Frontier . . . one that escaped all but a few who actually lived in the Frontier. It's a perspective that views the Native American experience with the same validity and sympathy as the Frontiersmen's experiences. I found that refreshing.

So what's the story? Will Cooper, an orphan, is sold off as a bound apprentice to a trader and is to serve as the head of a trading post at the edge of the then-independent Cherokee Nation. Cooper's contacts are daily with the Native Americans and very rarely with those who resupply him. Not surprisingly, he grows up with a combined perspective that appreciates what "civilization" brings but honors and is uplifted by the real support he receives from Bear, the chief who adopts him into the tribe.

Cooper honors that relationship, even after the tide turns and the American government evicts the Cherokees. What's the plan? Cooper buys up enough of the unwanted high-altitude land to allow Bear's people to have a home without being moved further West.
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By B. Franklin on Nov. 19 2006
Format: Hardcover
I found the book slow-moving. The storyline was okay. Descriptions of the countryside were excellent. You could feel yourself right in the place at the time. However, I could have stopped reading it before the end and not felt guilty.
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Format: Hardcover
I must qualify my review by saying that cold Mountain was one of my favorite reads of the 1990s and I have patiently been waiting for Mr. Fraizer's sophomore effort. I was thrilled to receive an advance readers copy through a friend in the industry! The great news is "Thirteen Moons" proves the author is more than a one hit wonder. This is historical fiction at its best, as we follow the first person account of the 19th century frontier life of Will Cooper. Ala "Little Big Man" this is a first person account told by an old man at start of a new century, his life a relic of the past. I loved the opening chapter as the 90 year old, cantankerous Will answers his phone, and in the white noise of this modern marvel he can hear the voice of his lost love Claire.

Will Cooper starts out as an orphan who is sold by his relatives to an "antique gentleman" who puts young Will to work at a remote trading post. Here he comes in contact with the great Cherokee Nation. Will's life blossoms and he has great success and terrible failures as a lawyer, a merchant, and even a state senator. Through all of this his bonds with the Cherokees remains strong and central to the story, he even is made a white chief of the nation. Through the structure of Wills life the story of the Cherokee Nation is told. He bears witness to the heartbreaking removal of the people from their land and the tragic "Trail of Tears." Will fights for the confederacy during the Civil War, and meets many of the iconic figures of the times such as Davey Crockett and Andrew Jackson. Through out his life Will is haunted by the memory of his one true love, Claire, a girl he won in a card game when he was 12. (I am reminded of Gus's Clara from "Lonesome Dove"-I guess we all have our Clara?).
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