Large Print - 2017
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"Profoundly moving and gracefully told, 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. Betrayed by her wealthy lover, Sunja finds unexpected salvation when a young tubercular minister offers to marry her and bring her to Japan to start a new life. So begins a sweeping saga of exceptional people in exile from a homeland they never knew and caught in the indifferent arc of history. In Japan, Sunja's family members endure harsh discrimination, catastrophes, and poverty, yet they also encounter great joy as they pursue their passions and rise to meet the challenges this new home presents. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, they are bound together by deep roots as their family faces enduring questions of faith, family, and identity."--From publisher.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2017
Edition: 1st edition, Large print ed
Branch Call Number: LP FICTION LEE
Characteristics: 746 p. ; 24 cm


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Feb 16, 2020

The author writes in an amalgam of styles, flitting from the lyrical to banal to prosaic and then to the humdrum of daily life - - with some occasional profound passages. An interesting fact as fiction portrayal of generations of one Korean-Japanese family, with tangential interludes of intervening lives.
Knockout of an ending!

Feb 11, 2020

If Min Jin Lee made a statement in her debut novel "free food for millionaires," she shows in "Pachinko" that she is here to stay. In this book she shows the angst of Korean immigrants in Japan - immigrants after being there for four generations and being born there. The characters are sketched well and I felt for them.

Feb 10, 2020

The book is sweeping and overwhelmed me in the best way. I felt such affinity with the characters' internalization of shame based on the legal and social discrimination of the time and legacies of both. The book is more that that. It is broad and by the end of it you'll be wanting to more fully understand your grandmothers and their un-named sacrifices and hopes for themselves.

Jan 24, 2020

The first two parts were great and very engaging and would have been an almost perfect book if it ended there. It felt like she lost her way with the last part and it didn't fit as well with the rest of the book. Still a good book and worth the read.

debwalker Jan 22, 2020

This multi-generational tale follows a poor Korean immigrant family in Japan.

Jan 08, 2020

In the style of Maeve Binchy...a beautiful read.

Dec 12, 2019

Easily the best book out of a few hundred I read in the last couple of years. I did not find it too long. It is a richly layered story over three generations of complex relationships.

Nov 12, 2019

I agree with comments that it was too long. I did learn about how Koreans were treated in Japan and I knew nothing about that. I like to read stories about immigration.

Oct 26, 2019

496 pages

Oct 20, 2019

Ms. Lee's book is fascinating, lyrical, and studded with rich detail. The book's initial promise is diluted a little by the sheer volume of viewpoints added to the story in the final chapters. I found Pachinko delightful for the most part, but somehow felt a little disillusioned or cheated by the many tragedies that took place toward the end of the book.

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Feb 19, 2020

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Aug 23, 2017

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Aug 23, 2019

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