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I realize the story is about Varina but is there evidence of her confronting the peculiar institution?
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View all 16 comments. I loved Cold Mountain.
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But after about 50 pages, I didn't really care about this, and life is too short to force yourself to read things. View all 9 comments.
No rating, although I can't imagine that it would be above a 2 regardless. This was not readable to me.