Pachinko

Pachinko

Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exil Pachinko follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in early 1900s Korea with Sunja, the prized dau...

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Title:Pachinko
Author:Min Jin Lee
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Pachinko
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

Pachinko Reviews

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 04, 2018

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

  • Cheri
    Nov 19, 2016

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

  • Rincey
    Feb 17, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

  • Elyse
    Apr 11, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

  • Roxane
    Jul 26, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

  • Maxwell
    Mar 24, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

  • Thomas
    Feb 12, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

  • Ellie
    May 29, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

  • Alex
    Dec 02, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

  • Lori
    Nov 07, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

    I'll have a review of this up tomorrow! ...

    This was a melancholy book, the little joy present in the characters' lives outweighed by the heavy burdens they had to carry, not only for themselves, but for the generations coming before them and afterward, when living as perpetual outsiders. It was a philosophical book and a book a...

    Very confused about what to say about the book. I enjoyed the book; but I loved it more for the scope than for the language it was presented. Some characters were relateable but some were not. I kept asking in my head "What is wrong with you? Why are you like this?" As is usual in most...

    "For people like us, home does not exist. 4.5 stars. A beautifully written and insightful story of four generations of a Korean family adapting to live in Japan. The writing is graceful and quiet, a counterbalance to the sometimes shocking and upsetting events in the book. I did not h...

    Feel like I?ve just read two separate books. I really enjoyed the first half, but not so much the second. The timespan this novel encompasses includes several generations of characters, however, I only really felt connected to the ones from the first part and I missed them in the sec...

  • Emily May
    Sep 06, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

  • Emer
    Jan 10, 2018

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

    I'll have a review of this up tomorrow! ...

    This was a melancholy book, the little joy present in the characters' lives outweighed by the heavy burdens they had to carry, not only for themselves, but for the generations coming before them and afterward, when living as perpetual outsiders. It was a philosophical book and a book a...

    Very confused about what to say about the book. I enjoyed the book; but I loved it more for the scope than for the language it was presented. Some characters were relateable but some were not. I kept asking in my head "What is wrong with you? Why are you like this?" As is usual in most...

    "For people like us, home does not exist. 4.5 stars. A beautifully written and insightful story of four generations of a Korean family adapting to live in Japan. The writing is graceful and quiet, a counterbalance to the sometimes shocking and upsetting events in the book. I did not h...

    Feel like I?ve just read two separate books. I really enjoyed the first half, but not so much the second. The timespan this novel encompasses includes several generations of characters, however, I only really felt connected to the ones from the first part and I missed them in the sec...

    A family saga exploring the themes of immigration, racial prejudice, love and honour, that starts in Korea at the turn of the 20th century and concludes in Japan in 1989. It explores the Korean-Japanese identity and the social and legal discrimination experienced by those with that her...

  • Angela M
    Mar 21, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

  • David Yoon
    Mar 20, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

  • Rebecca Foster
    Jan 20, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

  • Donna
    Apr 16, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

    I'll have a review of this up tomorrow! ...

    This was a melancholy book, the little joy present in the characters' lives outweighed by the heavy burdens they had to carry, not only for themselves, but for the generations coming before them and afterward, when living as perpetual outsiders. It was a philosophical book and a book a...

  • Tania
    May 18, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

    I'll have a review of this up tomorrow! ...

    This was a melancholy book, the little joy present in the characters' lives outweighed by the heavy burdens they had to carry, not only for themselves, but for the generations coming before them and afterward, when living as perpetual outsiders. It was a philosophical book and a book a...

    Very confused about what to say about the book. I enjoyed the book; but I loved it more for the scope than for the language it was presented. Some characters were relateable but some were not. I kept asking in my head "What is wrong with you? Why are you like this?" As is usual in most...

    "For people like us, home does not exist. 4.5 stars. A beautifully written and insightful story of four generations of a Korean family adapting to live in Japan. The writing is graceful and quiet, a counterbalance to the sometimes shocking and upsetting events in the book. I did not h...

  • Katie
    Mar 28, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

    I'll have a review of this up tomorrow! ...

  • Wen
    Jan 27, 2018

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Mar 28, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

  • DeB MaRtEnS
    Apr 24, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

  • Jeanette
    Feb 25, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

  • Diana
    Apr 17, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

  • Lata
    Apr 09, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

  • Lisa
    Jan 18, 2018

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

  • Kelsie O'Driscoll
    Jan 09, 2018

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

    I'll have a review of this up tomorrow! ...

    This was a melancholy book, the little joy present in the characters' lives outweighed by the heavy burdens they had to carry, not only for themselves, but for the generations coming before them and afterward, when living as perpetual outsiders. It was a philosophical book and a book a...

    Very confused about what to say about the book. I enjoyed the book; but I loved it more for the scope than for the language it was presented. Some characters were relateable but some were not. I kept asking in my head "What is wrong with you? Why are you like this?" As is usual in most...

    "For people like us, home does not exist. 4.5 stars. A beautifully written and insightful story of four generations of a Korean family adapting to live in Japan. The writing is graceful and quiet, a counterbalance to the sometimes shocking and upsetting events in the book. I did not h...

    Feel like I?ve just read two separate books. I really enjoyed the first half, but not so much the second. The timespan this novel encompasses includes several generations of characters, however, I only really felt connected to the ones from the first part and I missed them in the sec...

    A family saga exploring the themes of immigration, racial prejudice, love and honour, that starts in Korea at the turn of the 20th century and concludes in Japan in 1989. It explores the Korean-Japanese identity and the social and legal discrimination experienced by those with that her...

    I had no idea if I was going to like this, but this is the best historical fiction I have read in a LONG time. Usually, when it comes to WWII, I'm used to reading about Germany, the US, Japan etc., but never before have I heard from the perspective of Koreans. I had no idea how awful t...

  • Jess
    Nov 18, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

  • Hugh
    Jan 13, 2018

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

  • Resh (The Book Satchel)
    Sep 28, 2017

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...

    One of the most brilliant and heartbreaking books I have ever read, I would like to thank Min Jin Lee for writing Pachinko and starting my 2018 with this splendid saga. Pachinko follows four generations of a Korean family who move to Japan amidst Japanese colonization and political war...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! 3.5 Stars rounded up Pachinko is a sweeping family saga listed as being for readers of The Kite Runner and Cutting for Stone. Following one Korean family through the years from Yeongdo, Busan, Korea where a poor fisherman and his wife give birth to a young...

    Just having finished this behemoth in the last hour, I want to put a disclaimer first. That reading this over a longer period of time than I would usually read a book, even of this length, probably made me MORE analytic than for my usual review. Or reaction. More critical. Because I tr...

    Told in chronological order, this book spans 4 generations and nearly a century of time and focuses on Zainichi or ethnic Koreans living in Japan. These Zainichi are essentially stateless citizens registered to Joseon or a unified Korea that hasn?t existed since the Korean War. Up un...

    This epic story following a family of Koreans from 1910 to 1989 is a surprisingly easy read for such a long book. The language is deceptively simple apart from the borrowed Korean and Japanese words for which a glossary might have been helpful, as in most cases they are not explained. ...

    Pachinko is just the kind of book I love. It starts in Korea in the early 1900s with Hoonie, a young man with a cleft palate and a twisted foot. Despite his deformities he marries and his wife gives birth to a daughter, Sunja. When Sunja is a young teenager she makes some bad choices a...

    First and foremost, "Pachinko" is an engrossing, wonderful novel - a saga that follows a family over decades and through immigration, misery and joy, and all that makes a human story richly fascinating. I did not want it to end. This is another book which I hesitated over, after re...

    Although some of the central events of the novel, like World War II and the atomic bomb drop at Nagasaki, are familiar territory for fiction, Lee prioritizes out-of-the-ordinary perspectives: her Korean characters are first the colonized, and then the outsiders trying to thrive in a fo...

    This has been on my list since it first came out and it was no disappointment. This family saga begins with a poor but loving Korean family and follows them through the next three generations and to Japan. Although I was aware of the prejudice Japan had for Koreans, I really had no ide...

    PACHINKO Min Jin Lee MY RATING ????? PUBLISHER Grand Central Publishing/Hachette Audio PUBLISHED February 7, 2017 NARRATED Allison Hiroto Absorbing and thought-provoking, PACHINKO will remain in your memory for years to come. SUMMARY Pachinko is an addicti...

    This one was just okay to me. I got some historical context around ethical discrimination in Japan against people originally from Korea, and women?s subservient status in Japanese/Korean society in the first half of the 20th century. Neither the plot nor the writing stood out. Most c...

    I picked this from Book of the Month last year, and then my in-person book club voted to read it in the 2017-18 season. Since we aren't reading it until June, I was going to wait, but then saw the author would be coming to my town on February 5, and I wanted to go see her read and get ...

    I couldn't put this book down. I would give it 4 stars because I did really like it (not there with all out love) but I had to bump it to 5 for the fact that I couldn't put it down. A completely absorbing book set in a time, place, and culture I am completely unfamiliar, and rather ign...

    Long, but enjoyable. Though, I probably shouldn't use the word enjoyable to describe the trials and tribulations of the generations of this family that the author follows from the early 1900s to the late 1980s in Korea then Japan. The story follows Sunja, beloved daughter of a poor cou...

    I kicked off 2018 by reading some of the best of 2017. This was the last book of the project. Here are the selections; here's Digg's aggregate top ten list. Pachinko is like gambling on pinball machines, so I don't know how that hasn't destroyed civilization yet, good lord. H...

    Watch my full review: https://youtu.be/O0OOwvMgPTM ...

    3-1/2 stars I learned a lot from this book. This story takes us across decades through generations. I never heard of Pachinko and both the cover and title really drew me in. I learned about Korean and Japanese history through Min Jin Lee's characters. Sunja's life is wonderful, terrib...

    I'll have a review of this up tomorrow! ...

    This was a melancholy book, the little joy present in the characters' lives outweighed by the heavy burdens they had to carry, not only for themselves, but for the generations coming before them and afterward, when living as perpetual outsiders. It was a philosophical book and a book a...

    Very confused about what to say about the book. I enjoyed the book; but I loved it more for the scope than for the language it was presented. Some characters were relateable but some were not. I kept asking in my head "What is wrong with you? Why are you like this?" As is usual in most...

  • Sam
    Dec 02, 2016

    History has failed us, but no matter. Look, I get it. A lot of people won't be interested in this book because they have no idea what pachinko means and what exactly is going on with that cover, anyway? We are highly susceptible to marketing techniques and the cover and title give u...

    What a marvelous, deeply engrossing novel about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. There was a lot of story here and a lot of history (of which I was woefully ignorant) and it is all rendered in impeccable prose with a touch of steeliness. Toward the end of the novel, things...

    Alright, after thinking about this one for the last 24 hours or so, I think I've figured out how to articulate what I didn't like about it. But first I want to start with the stuff I did really enjoy. The book taught me a lot about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, especia...

    A very enjoyable lengthy historical fiction! *A Jewel*!!!!! Some days Sunja, daughter of the owner of a boardinghouse in Korea, felt chills when she was growing her secret child. If she had agreed to remain the mistress of the rich man in Japan whom she got pregnant with - who was m...

    One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. I knew close to nothing about the Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910 through WWII. Last year I read Tiger Pelt which in...

    Despite this being a 480 pg mini brick of a book, I absolutely flew through Pachinko on two commutes and a night. It's a sweeping, multi-generational epic of a Korean family, and we follow their collective and individual rises and falls, triumphs and failures, in 19010 - 1930 in Korea ...