Read The Mountain Online Free - 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 populated with characters who are connected by their traumatic pasts, newly vagrant lives, and quests for solace in their futures. Though they exist in their own distinct worlds (from a sanatorium in the Hudson Valley to an inn in the Russian far east) they are united by the struggle to reconcile their traumatic pasts in the wake of violence, big and small, spiritual and corporeal. A morphine-addicted nurse wanders through the decimated French countryside in search of purpose; a dissatisfied wife sporadically takes a train across Spain with a much younger man in the wake of a building explosion; a lost young woman emigrates from Korea to Shanghai, where she aimlessly works in a camera sweat shop, trying fruitlessly to outrun the ghosts of her past.
Hailed by New York magazine as a quotidian-surreal craft-master and a radiant star in the current literary firmament by The Dallas Morning News, Yoon realizes his worlds with quiet, insightful, and gorgeous prose. Though each story is distinct from the others, his restrained voice and perceptive observations about violence to the body, the landscape, and ultimately, the human soul weaves throughout this collection as a whole, making The Mountain a beautiful, memorable read."
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August 15, 2017
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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...
August 01, 2017
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 stil...
June 27, 2017
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 f...
September 11, 2017
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,...
June 21, 2017
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“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 sorro...
August 28, 2017
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 ar...
July 15, 2017
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 t...
August 05, 2017
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 pl...
May 18, 2017
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...
August 15, 2017
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 w...