Cloud Mountain

Cloud Mountain

by Aimee E. Liu

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An epic saga of forbidden love that spans decades, cultures, and continents. Cloud Mountain is based on the true story of Aimee Liu's grandparents, a Chinese Scholar-Revolutionary and his American teacher, whose courtship blooms during the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 and whose life together in China carries them through the Warlord Era and the beginning of WWII.

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ISBN-13: 9781625361370
Publisher: Jessfield Press
Publication date: 06/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 511
Sales rank: 836,572
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Aimee Liu's work includes the novels Flash House, Face, and Glorious Boy (to be published in 2020), as well as the memoirs Gaining: The Truth About Life After Eating Disorders and Solitaire. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the Bennington Writing Seminars and is a past president of PEN USA and a current member of the faculty of Goddard College's MFA program in creative writing at Port Townsend, WA. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Cloud Mountain 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This novel recounts the harrowing tale of an American woman and her Chinese husband in the early 20th Century. Hope Newfield meets her future husband Liang Po-yu while he is a student at Berkeley and she was engaged in tutoring students. They journeyed to Wyoming to marry (avoiding laws in other states forbidding marriage between those of different races) and after living several years in California, the couple moved to China, where both Hope and Po-yu were caught up in the political upheaval which characterized early 20th century China. While the history is fascinating, the novel can be slow-paced at times. Furthermore, much is told from Hope's point of view, and Hope makes a point not to become involved, or even very knowledgeable, about Chinese politics, a frustrating attitude for the reader who does want to know more about China during this period.
FrogHollowFarm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the historical aspects. I would never have put up with what the main character did. I would have taken my children and left for America, even thoughI loved the guy a great deal! Still, I really enjoyed the book, but I'm a big fan of Chinese historical fiction (Amy Tan and Lisa See). I've just received the author's "Flash House"; a review to follow.
autumnesf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a work of fiction based on the lives of the authors grandparents. The grandmother was American and the grandfather Chinese. They met at an American college and fell in love. They proceeded to travel to another state to get married as California did not allow mixed marriages. After a few years in the states, they return to China were the husband is very big into the political scene and all the changes taking place in the country. Not sure how much I recommend the book. It really is a sad and lonely story - and as it is a work of fiction, I think there are many other sources where you can learn cultural information on the time period. But if you are looking for a fictional piece this may do for you. I dont think guys would like it too much -- almost borders a romance type novel in the writing style.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ordinarily, I pass on books I've read to a wide circle of friends and avid readers. Then there are the "file 13" books, books I wouldn't subject the misery of reading them on anyone. This is a file 13 book. First, you have a woman, the heroine, often narrator, who gives up EVERYTHING for her husband, despite the ongoing fact that he tcontinually chooses his obsession and his vision of China over his own family; but she stays with him, despite being discriminated against among his own family and his beloved culture, and despite his being a bigoted emotionless man when it comes to respecting women! We are supposed to feel for her when the obvious choice within weeks of landing in China, and years later, when she did have the money, was to return with her children to America. Good grief, in the end,, while she leaves it undone, I imagine this woman, having gone bAck to America, and now back to China, may be just stupid enough to stay. Hawkeye
Bofreetus More than 1 year ago
Every o9ther year or so, I weed through the hundreds of books in my personal library and donate the ones that I know I will not re-read over and over again throughout the years. Cloud Mountain is one book I will never part with. In fact, I think I am going to buy it again to have on my NOOK. I have read this novel 3 or 4 times now and each time sink deeper into the world it so vividly creates in my mind. I can see the main characters as they struggle to keep their love together in a time and place where asians just did not marry white women. It just wasn't "proper". They followed their hearts and took their vows and then the long journey of their life together began. We are immersed in their life as Paul's political beliefs bring the family to many places in the world. It is a tale that must be read to fully be understood. It is full of complexities and is the kind of book that is a great read the first time though, awesome the second time and amazing the third time. In my mind, this book is already a classic and I hope that some day Aimee Liu gets recognized for writing such a fine literary work of art.