Saturday, June 24, 2017


Simon & Schuster
Publishing Date August 15, 2017
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.

My view

Paul Yoon's short stories are exceptionally beautiful. His is a poetic soul at work which reflects upon each character, short story after short story.
I went out and purchased his two previous short story books, I so not wanted " THE MOUNTAIN " to end. 

Paul Moon's first novel

Paul Moon's second novel

Highly recommended
Thank you NetGalley for this exceptional ARC.


Bellezza said...

Ooh, an in Russia and the French countryside? Sounds wonderful!

I loved Buddha in The Attic and The Housekeeper and The Professor! I haven't read Moshi Moshi, but I'd like to as Banana Yoshimoto is such a good writer. What great choices for the JLC11.

sylvie said...

Thank you Meredith. These three choices are not new and should have been read a long time ago, each book is written by a talented writer. Your challenge is an excellent opportunity to enjoy these little jewels 💛