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Jun 16, 2021
Jun 11, 2021savtadina rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is a very powerful book about 4 generations of a Korean family. It begins in a small Korean village in the 1910s when Korea was occupied by the Japanese, a subject I knew nothing about. The surviving child of a hard working couple…
May 26, 2021AlishaGo rated this title 2 out of 5 stars
The storyline was largely disheartening - lots of heartbreak, hardship, and hopes crushed. It's a book I could have easily put down and forgotten about because it consistently left me feeling unpleasant and wanting, but its portrayal of…
May 24, 2021Bookworm1136 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
4 -4 1/2 star read. Lee writes an interesting and heartfelt family saga about the life of a Korean family in Japan before, during and after WWII. Sunja was a very young and innocent young country girl when she was seduced by much older,…
Apr 11, 2021LPL_SarahM rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
A fascinating tale following multiple generations of a Korean family as they make their way in Japan. It never dragged even though it is long-- and I appreciated that it was told in a linear style.
Apr 03, 2021a2mayer rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
This book was eye opening as I did not know much about racism in Japan. I loved the narration of this book and how it follows one Korean family for four generations while living in Japan. Pachinko is beautifully written and touches on…
Mar 26, 2021vicreader rated this title 3.5 out of 5 stars
If one is familiar with the Korean occupation by Japan, then this book is a "lite" version of what really happened during those years. For those unfamiliar, then it would be an eye opener. Korea was occupied for almost 50 years by the…
Mar 23, 2021notAnn2000 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Very interesting.
Mar 20, 2021
Audrey recommendation.
Mar 19, 2021pennystandre rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
This book was just Ok. Had a hard time getting into it.
Mar 07, 2021
Seattle times Rep Marilyn Strickland recommendation
Feb 10, 2021
Modern Mrs Darcy
Jan 09, 2021Eil_1 rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
An enthralling and informative novel that follows three generations of Koreans caught up in the colonization of Korea by Japan. The indiscriminate prejudice and abuse by the Japanese is another shameful example of Japan - in China, Korea…
Jan 03, 2021hannah8177 rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
If you don't like long reviews, just read the last segment. But if you enjoy wasting time like I did writing this, just keep reading: You don't need to be a koreaboo and/or a weeb to gain interest in this story; it's a fictitious,…
Nov 30, 2020l_langer rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I really enjoyed learning more about Korean culture and especially the history of Koreans living in Japan. The author writes in a way that really lends you to feeling like you get to know the characters. My favourite character was…
Oct 15, 2020Debramsey rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
Interesting to learn of Korean culture - and what pachinko is!
Oct 08, 2020
Well written historical fiction about a Korean family, set mostly in Japan, from 1910-1989. Racial prejudice against Koreans raged. The family patriarch is Hansa, a yakuza or mafia businessman who meets a young Korean girl, Sunji, and she…
Aug 14, 2020clairemars rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
I read this book over a year ago and still think about it. It's an amazing story, very well-written and the story sticks with you. I would recommend this to anyone looking to read a well-rounded, generally overall "good" story. I just put…
Aug 11, 2020andreabilyeu rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
I didn't realize how Koreans were discriminated against in Japan. Very good read.
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Jul 06, 2020
As the description states, Pachinko a multi-generational saga following a family (and various side characters) through their lives as Korean immigrants to Japan, beginning in the early parts of the 20th century. For such a lengthy book, I…
Mar 05, 2020pozrob rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
The inside jacket gives an accurate description of what the book is about so I won’t rehash it. When I put this book down for the day I can’t say that I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. Slow moving, way too long and drawn out. Good…
Mar 04, 2020wendybird rated this title 4.5 out of 5 stars
This is one of the finest novels I have read in ages. Part family saga, part historical fiction, and certainly part magic, writer Min Jin Lee worked with the text for 30 years, and has crafted it finely. The tale itself begins in 1900,…
Mar 03, 2020wilyman rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
Read up to end of chap. 6. Completed.
Feb 16, 2020StarGladiator rated this title 5 out of 5 stars
The author writes in an amalgam of styles, flitting from the lyrical to banal to prosaic and then to the humdrum of daily life - - with some occasional profound passages. An interesting fact as fiction portrayal of generations of one…
Feb 11, 2020writermala rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
If Min Jin Lee made a statement in her debut novel "free food for millionaires," she shows in "Pachinko" that she is here to stay. In this book she shows the angst of Korean immigrants in Japan - immigrants after being there for four…