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Publisher's Summary

Out of the stories heard in her childhood in Los Angeles's Chinatown and years of research, See has constructed this sweeping chronicle of her Chinese-American family, a work that takes in stories of racism and romance, entrepreneurial genius and domestic heartache, secret marriages and sibling rivalries, in a powerful history of two cultures meeting in a new world.
The result is a vivid, sweeping family portrait in the tradition of Alex Haley's Roots that is at once particular and universal, telling the story not only of one family, but of the Chinese people in America itself, a country that both welcomes and reviles immigrants like no other culture in the world. On Gold Mountain was a national best seller and a New York Times Notable Book.
©1996 Lisa See (P)2011 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Astonishing.... A comprehensive and exhaustively researched account of a Chinese-American family... that juggles such explosive elements as race, class, tradition, prejudice, poverty, and great wealth in new and relatively unexpected combinations." ( The Los Angeles Times)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Solbakken on 06-02-17

Great story...awful narration

Would you listen to On Gold Mountain again? Why?

NO! I couldn't stand the narrator, despite my extreme motivation to listen, as my family has Chinese connections of great interest.

What did you like best about this story?

Personal, documented, interesting and well researched.

How could the performance have been better?

More feeling, less monotone...the narrator seemed to be judgemental, and extremely, irritatingly unemotional.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I got through 15%, and despite my motivation to learn more, I ordered the printed book and will ask for a refund for the recording...the narrator was extremely off-putting.

Any additional comments?

Has Lisa See listened to the narration? Despite the great reviews she has, I would NEVER listen to her narrate again!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Victoria on 09-26-12

documentary writing

Insights onto the lives of Chinese in the USA. Detailed research. A fascinating story of a family tree. But I really missed Lisa See's enchanting language which she is so good with! Of course, one has to remember that this is more like a documentary work of literature, not a novel.

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