Movies: O Lover, Where Art Thou?

An urgent letter from the woman he left behind reaches the Civil War soldier ailing in a fetid hospital. "If you are fighting, stop fighting," Ada writes. "If you are marching, stop marching. Come back to me." The command has a moral authority that overrules any that General Lee could issue, and Inman must follow it. For the ultimate goal of many a warrior is to get home to his woman--to lay down his arms and find comfort in hers.

Charles Frazier's 1997 best seller, Cold Mountain, is The Odyssey compressed, Ambrose Bierce's An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge expanded to...

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