Re: RARA-AVIS: Cold Mountain - noir or Greek Tragedy

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 15 Sep 2004

Dave Zeltserman wrote:

A few weeks ago there was a brief mention on this list how Cold Mountain could be considered noir. For some reason I was thinking of Cold Mountain today, and it kind of hit me that there are strong parallels between it and Homer's The Odyssey. Anyone else see that also?

********** Well, now you make me feel illiterate for not having read THE ODYSSEY. <grin> I got through THE ILIAD but haven't made it to sequel yet. COLD MOUNTAIN is a strong candidate for the noir title, especially considering the ending. There is a strong thread of pessimistic determinism running through the novel, a recurring theme in a lot of noir. A powerful and moving novel. I have been patiently waiting for the author (Frazer?) to come out with something else.


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