The Mountain by Paul Yoon

The Mountain

From Paul Yoon, the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of Once the Shore and Snow Hunters, comes a luminous collection of short stories set throughout the world from the Hudson Valley to the Russian Far East across periods of time after World War II. In The Mountain, Paul Yoon displays his subtle, ethereal, and strikingly observant style with six thematically linked stories, taking place across several continents and time periods and p...

Details The Mountain

TitleThe Mountain
Release DateAug 15th, 2017
PublisherSimon & Schuster
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Literature

Reviews The Mountain

  • Cheri
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !!Almost two years ago, I read Paul Yoon’s novel “Snow Hunters”, a beautiful story with spare prose and lovely, ethereal setting. This collection of short stories in his “The Mountain: Stories” Six heartbreaking, lovely stories about fragile, lonely, abandoned people trying to find their way through this life.This short story collection is linked by the pain and suffering endured, across continents, across different e...
  • Angela M
    When I started reading this, I realized that I really should no longer say that I don't read short stories very often. This is the fifth collection of stories I have read this year. I also almost always say that I have a hard time with short stories because I want more of the story. That may still be the case because it seems to be the impact of the collections as a whole and the connections between the stories rather than any individual story th...
  • Diane S ☔
    The connecting thread through these stories is the theme, of displacement by war or another tragic happening. Men and women we hope are seeking answers or a new way to live. Loneliness, because so many have lost those important in their lives, or are now unhappy for different reasons, unable to forget. Not much happens in these stories, they are very slowly paced but as I read I realized the patience of both the writer and the reader. The trust o...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    I have long wanted to try Paul Yoon based on glowing reviews from Jason R., and I'm so glad I finally got the chance! These stories aren't linked by time period or characters, but they have a lot in common. They all seem to be following a major war or conflict, where the characters are displaced, have experienced loss, or are regathering their lives. They seem to follow life where it goes with the options that are presented, not out of desperatio...
  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    via my blog:“The passage connecting the wings of the hospital had long ago collapsed, so we signaled each other with candles, this brief joy at catching the blurred, lit shapes of other people’s faces over the rubble.”This collection of stories is like sorrowful stones you will carry in your gut. It is beautiful and tragic and every rotten and fresh emotion lurking between. Different countries, after W...
  • Cynthia
    The characters in The Mountain all have a connection to Korea but the settings vary-Russia, China, New York, etc. A sense of melancholy is another common denominator as is the central tragedy or sorrow takes place previous to the story or at least it's seldom directly addressed. The characters are stron and loving...just doomed. They're survivors however and don't rail against what feels like fate, they get on with things making the best of their...
  • Carla
    I'm so happy I had the chance to read Paul Yoon's The Mountain. I will definitely be looking for his other works. He writes so eloquently, prose that is tragic, and stark. These short stories are of loneliness, tragedy, displacement, in various parts of the world. There is not much happiness in these stories, and they made my heart ache, but it was with a gentleness of writing that I knew the author had empathy. Tremendous stories, tremendous aut...
  • Laurie
    This was one of the best anthologies of short stories I have ever read! The prose was beautiful and fluid and the transition into each story was seamless.All six stories are tied together through the beautifully described landscapes, even though they range from the Hudson Valley, to Russia and places far and wide. The author is very skilled at pulling you in with the imagery used throughout the book. It's well crafted and not overly done.They all...
  • Laurel
    In The Mountain Paul Yoon’s stories quietly connect with one another as each character moves through the pages after WWII. Sometimes eerily depicted, as in “A Willow and The Moon” where a young woman follows in her mother’s morphine-addicted footsteps or “The Mountain,” an incredibly sad story of a young woman whose father’s past haunts her, these two stories were perhaps my favorites and in my mind exemplify Yoon’s compellingly b...
  • ange
    According to the synopsis, these stories, set in different eras and locations but all reflecting on the horrors of WWII and its aftermath, are about "traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in [their] futures." While that is of course accurate (duh), I found that for me they were primarily stories about communication; the need for it, the absence of it, the way we try to approach or evade it.These characters have been mutilate...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    I really enjoyed the writing in this short story collection. The writing is spare, often stark, and affecting. The stories deal mainly with how people carry on following a tragedy, whether from the aftermath of war, illness or a death in the family. The stories have a melancholy feel, but they are also beautiful in how they highlight the resilience of people. Highly recommend!
  • Kim
    Surreal and beautiful. At the end of each tale I felt as if a hole inside of me had been filled. A hole that I had no idea was there waiting to be filled. Like spackle on aging drywall. How did I get so full of holes and fail to notice all of the empty spaces? Each story contained within this collection has the merit to stand out on it's own. Any one of the stories could have been expanded upon into a novel or novella, but Yoon excels at knowing...
  • MsArdychan
    Please Note: I received an advance reader's copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.When I requested The Mountain, by Paul Yoon, from NetGalley, I admit I did not realize it was a collection of short stories. This format has always been a challenge for me. I have a hard time with the brevity of the tale, and often feel that the characters are not developed enou...
  • Maria
    This is a book haunted by ghosts. There are spirits lingering in the pages. The characters themselves seem to be sleepwalking through life, not entirely alive but not ready to give up either. There are fragments of themselves that have been forever lost, parts they will never regain and that they must learn to live without. They are wandering souls, without destination or purpose, maybe they know better than to make plans... But it doesn't matter...
  • Jess Cullinan
    The writing in these stories is gorgeous, no question, but the stories themselves are poorly served by being crammed into 30-90 pages apiece. Each one could be a sweeping, epic novel, with fascinating characters and insights on particular moments in history. Instead, they feel rushed, and there is much more telling than showing.Additionally, the author doesn't spend any time orienting the reader in the first few pages, either to time or to the ch...
  • Lisa
    Paul Yoon does not mess around. These exquisite stories squeeze your heart, fill your senses, and awaken your mind. Following ordinary people who are orphaned, displaced, disconnected, or deranged by war, they go straight to the heart of wartime and postwar suffering and sorrows that last generations — and yet they are full of soulful beauty, and Yoon shows you the tenderness that can transcend cruelty, the yearning for connection that can lead...
  • Maryjo
    I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The Mountain by Paul Yoon is haunting and tragic yet beautiful at the same time. The characters in this collection of six stories all appear lost and thirsting to find their place in life. The writing flows smoothly and you will find yourself up reading well past bedtime. This is an amazing collection of stories that will stick with you long after you have read the last page. This is a must read for everyb...
  • Paul Keppeler
    "The Mountain" was a great find. Beautifully sparse yet evocative writing. The stories all circle around themes of hardship, loneliness and seeking. I am totally amazed by the writing style which reminds me of Barry Lopez. I'll be looking for more from Paul Yoon.Fyi this was a Goodreads giveaway. No matter; at this point my book and author find of the year.
  • Carol Custer
    These short stories are beautifully written - prose that is almost poetic. The stories all carry an almost tangible scent of sadness, grief, and longing.Not a 'feel-good' book by any means, but one that provokes thoughtfulness. The sensitivity of the writing makes this book well worth reading.
  • anna
    the tangible theme across the book is loneliness and pain. what and how we make do with both to try to live. should very well be my kind of book but turned out 60% of my reading experience with this one was just sheer tenacity that i had to finish it + it's not a long one.
  • Ilana
    Review to come in LA Times. Loved it, though.
  • Monika
    I was thrilled to receive a complimentary copy of Paul Yoon's The Mountain from the publisher, because I loved his novella Snow Hunters so much. Words I used to describe Yoon's writing then hold true to this collection of short stories: quiet, gentle, exquisite. Yoon has a way of packing so much into his sparse prose! This is the kind of writing that makes you feel like you're holding your breath so you can listen more closely. There were spots t...