The Coldest Night Pdf Summary Reviews By Robert Olmstead

The Coldest Night Pdf Summary

Henry Childs is just seventeen when he falls into a love affair so intense it nearly destroys him. To escape the wrath of the young girl’s father, Henry joins the Marines, arriving in Korea on the eve of the brutal battle of the Chosin Reservoir—the defining moment of the Korean War. There he confronts an enemy force far beyond the scope of his imagining, but the challenges he meets upon his return home, scarred and haunted, are greater by far. 
From the steamy streets of New Orleans to the bone-chilling Korean landscape, award-winning author Robert Olmstead takes us into one of the most physically challenging battles in history and, with just as much intensity, into an electrifying, all-consuming love affair.  


The Coldest Night Review

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4.0 out of 5 stars Undecided.
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on September 18, 2017

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The Coldest Night was a stumper for me. I couldn’t decide if I liked it or not. While I did finish the story, I will admit that at about 3/4 of the way through there was some speed reading going on, not typical for me when I read for enjoyment. After sitting on posting a review or not for a bit, I realized I felt the book lacked more — more of the romance or more of the war. I’m still not quite sure which would have made me more satisfied. I think this is one of those books you either love or hate with very little in between. That’s my reasoning for not giving this 5 stars. Read it and you decide — thumbs up or thumbs down?


5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on August 10, 2013

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This book challenged me in good ways. I’m still looking up words I found here, though that’s hardly indicative of a great work but it’s indicative of someone who uses words as part of a rich palette to construct a story, and an excellent story this is.

The writing drew me in, made me think about what the writer was telling me, what I was being told about the characters and what made them who they were.

The scenes of the fighting in Korea surprised me. I would have sworn that Olmstead had been there, had seen the carnage, the inhumanity, and all of the hardships. He must have done an incredible amount of research to come up with what he wrote here as it certainly came across to me as accurate and extremely well told.

There were parts of the book that were hardly perfect, but then how many ever are? The totality of the book was extremely satisfying and thought-provoking, and I couldn’t want or expect more from a book.

Kenneth C. Mahieu

3.0 out of 5 stars Snow-blinded
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 2, 2013

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I was attracted to this book because it had a number of “best book” mentions for 2012 and because the plot summary of love story +Korean War + return home struck home. There was a lot about the book I really liked, particularly the middle third dealing with battle scenes from a war that still has not gotten its due. But there was a lot I did not care for, particularly the writing style. Much of the dialog seemed impressionistic, as though every sentence had a hidden meaning. Too often, much of the story seemed vague, as though lots of little details, including things that people really talk about, were avoided. But then there would be a scene of several pages were there was lots of discussion and/or description, and I came away thinking “now what was that about?” There were a number of well done, steamy love scenes, but I couldn’t help feel that they were unreal for the 1940’s US. The ending was particularly foggy and disappointing. I hadn’t read Olmstead before and am not likely to read a second book.

About Robert Olmstead Author of The Coldest Night Pdf Book

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Robert Olmstead

Robert Olmstead Author of The Coldest Night Pdf Book (born January 3, 1954) is an award-winning American novelist and educator.

Olmstead was born in 1954 in Westmoreland, New Hampshire. He grew up on a farm. After high school, he enrolled at Davidson College with a football scholarship, but left school after three semesters in which he compiled a poor academic record. He later attended Syracuse University, where he studied with Raymond Carver and Tobias Wolff and received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, in 1977 and 1983, respectively.

He is currently the Director of Creative Writing at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has also served as the Senior Writer in Residence at Dickinson College and as the director of creative writing at Boise State University. Olmstead teaches in the Low-Residency MFA program in creative writing at Converse College .
Olmstead is the author of the novels America by Land, A Trail of Heart’s Blood Wherever We Go and Soft Water. He is also the author of a memoir Stay Here With Me, as well as River Dogs, a collection of short stories, and the textbook Elements of the Writing Craft.[2] He was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1989 and an NEA Literature Fellowship in 1993.

His novel Coal Black Horse (2007) has received national acclaim, including the 2007 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction[7] and the 2008 Ohioana Book Award for Fiction; it was also selected for the “On the Same Page Cincinnati” reading program and the Choose to Read Ohio’s 2011 booklist.

Booklist has named his latest novel Far Bright Star (2009) (the second book in the Coal Black Horse trilogy) as one of the Top Ten Westerns of the Decade; the book also received the 2010 Western Writers of America Spur Award. One reviewer praised Olmstead’s ability to “translate nature’s revelatory beauty into words”, commenting that Coal Black Horse evokes what Henry David Thoreau described in Walden as “the indescribable innocence and beneficence of Nature”; by contrast, the Mexican desert of Far Bright Star is “the place of the sun shriveled and the dried up”. The Chicago Tribune review praised the authenticity of the imagery and experiences in Olmstead’s writing, while also comparing his writing to that of Ernest Hemingway. It noted the influence of contemporary events, such as the guerrila warfare during the U.S. occupation of Fallujah during the Iraq War.

The Coldest Night pdf, Paperback, Hardcover Book Information

The Coldest Night
The Coldest Night
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00AFKITKS
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Algonquin Books; Reprint edition (April 16, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 16, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 638 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 297 pages
  • Best Sellers Rank: #592,120 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
  • #2,427 in Military Historical Fiction
  • #3,364 in U.S. Historical Fiction
  • #3,879 in Coming of Age Fiction (Kindle Store)
  • Customer Reviews: 4.2 out of 5 stars    130 ratings

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