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"The most remarkable thing about "Thirteen Moons" (by Charles Frazier, author of "Cold Mountain,") a bountiful literary panorama again set primarily in North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains, is its language. There are witty observations and colorful metaphors on every page. It's a kind of folk poetry, as if you combined the homespun charm of Mark Twain with the lyrical music of Walt Whitman. You will find yourself thinking, "Wow, that was a good line. I'd love to write lines like that.""
Charles Frazier. Well worth reading.