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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful writing in an unforgettable narrative, April 17, 2012
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This review is from: The Coldest Night (Hardcover)
The last in the trilogy beginning with Coal Black Horse and including Far Bright Star, The Coldest Night will lift your heart and break it. Its lyrical passages and poignant love story, combined with moments of horrific violence and brutality, speak to the totality of human experience--all encompassed in a coming-of-age story you'll never forget.

The scenes at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea are so beautifully rendered that the reader feels frozen, too, and prays that these men will find refuge in something other than death.

As always, Olmstead's language is economical yet rich, evocative, sometimes surprising, and always rewarding. Small moments catch the reader with fully realized,simple truth.

I will be reading this one several times over and I recommend it without reservation.
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Initial post: Nov 4, 2013 3:54:41 PM PST
RCH says:
Do we know for sure it's only a trilogy? Has the author said that? We've certainly had more wars and it wouldn't be implausible for some member of the Childs family to have fought in one of them. Maybe this is just wishful thinking on my part.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2013 4:13:38 PM PST
Yes, it's a trilogy, but I understandyour wishful thinking. All of them are wonderful in different ways. He's a superb writer.
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