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Pachinko: The New York Times Bestseller Kindle Edition
"Pachinko is a rich, well-crafted book as well as a page turner. Its greatest strength in this regard lies in Lee's ability to shift suddenly between perspectives. We never linger too long with a single character, constantly refreshing our point of view, giving the narrative dimension and depth. Add to that her eye and the prose that captures setting so well, and it would not be surprising to see Pachinko on a great many summer reading lists."--Asian Review of Books
"[An] addictive family saga packed with forbidden love, the search for belonging, and triumph against the odds."--Esquire, "Top 10 Best Books of 2017 (So Far)"
"A beautifully crafted story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance...Lee's skillful development of her characters and story lines will draw readers into the work. Those who enjoy historical fiction with strong characterizations will not be disappointed as they ride along on the emotional journeys offered in the author's latest page-turner."--Library Journal (starred review)
"A big novel to lose yourself in or to find yourself anew-a saga of Koreans living in Japan, rejected by the country they call home, unable to return to Korea as wars and strife tear the region apart. The result is like a secret history of both countries burst open in one novel. I hope you love it like I did."--Alexander Chee, author of Queen of the Night and Edinburgh writing for the Book of the Month Club
"A culturally rich, psychologically astute family saga."--The Washington Post
"A deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan enduring and prospering through the 20th century."--David Mitchell, Guardian, New York Times bestselling author of The Bone Clocks
"A social novel in the Dickensian vein...frequently heartbreaking."--USA Today
"A sprawling and immersive historical work... Reckoning with one determined, wounded family's place in history, Lee's novel is an exquisite meditation on the generational nature of truly forging a home."--Publishers Weekly
"A sweeping, multigenerational saga about one Korean family making its way in Japan. The immigrant issues resonate; the story captivates."--People --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
An old-fashioned epic whose simple, captivating storytelling delivers both wisdom and truth.-- "Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"
Pachinko remains gently affecting as an audio.-- "AudioFile"
A powerful meditation on what immigrants sacrifice to achieve a home in the world.-- "Junot Diaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author"
An extraordinary epic, both sturdily constructed and beautiful.-- "San Francisco Chronicle"
Combining the detail of a documentary with the empathy of the best fiction, it's a sheer delight.-- "Daily Mail (London)"
Narrator Hiroto brings a subtle, down-to-earth realism to the story of Sunja.-- "Library Journal (starred audio review)"
Stunning...Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative.-- " New York Times Book Review"
The novel expertly portrays the rituals and mores specific to ethnic Korean culture even as it also poignantly captures the universally complicated relationships between family members, lovers and friends. The writing is spare and evocative.-- "New York Times"
A beautifully crafted story of love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance...Lee's skillful development of her characters and story lines will draw readers into the work. Those who enjoy historical fiction with strong characterizations will not be disappointed as they ride along on the emotional journeys offered in the author's latest page-turner.-- "Library Journal (starred review)"
A social novel in the Dickensian vein...frequently heartbreaking.-- "USA Today"
A sprawling and immersive historical work... Reckoning with one determined, wounded family's place in history, Lee's novel is an exquisite meditation on the generational nature of truly forging a home.-- "Publishers Weekly"
An exquisite, haunting epic...'moments of shimmering beauty and some glory, too, ' illuminate the narrative...Lee's profound novel...is shaped by impeccable research, meticulous plotting, and empathic perception.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Astounding. The sweep of Dickens and Tolstoy applied to a 20th century Korean family in Japan. Min Jin Lee's PACHINKO tackles all the stuff most good novels do-family, love, cabbage-
but it also asks questions that have never been more timely. What does it mean to be part of a nation? And what can one do to escape its tight, painful, familiar bonds?-- "Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author"
Both for those who love Korea, as well as for those who know no more than Hyundai, Samsung and kimchi, this extraordinary book will prove a revelation of joy and heartbreak. I could not stop turning the pages, and wished this most poignant of sagas would never end. Min Jin Lee displays a tenderness and wisdom ideally matched to an unforgettable tale that she relates just perfectly.-- "Simon Winchester, New York Times bestselling author"
If proof were needed that one family's story can be the story of the whole world, then PACHINKO offers that proof. Min Jin Lee's novel is gripping from start to finish, crossing cultures and generations with breathtaking power. PACHINKO is a stunning achievement, full of heart, full of grace, full of truth.-- "Erica Wagner, author of Ariel's Gift and Seizure"
PACHINKO is elegant and soulful, both intimate and sweeping. This story of several generations of one Korean family in Japan is the story of every family whose parents sacrificed for their children, every family whose children were unable to recognize the cost, but it's also the story of a specific cultural struggle in a riveting time and place. Min Jin Lee has written a big, beautiful book filled with characters I rooted for and cared about and remembered after I'd read the final page.-- "Kate Christensen, Pen/Faulkner-winning author "
The breadth and depth of challenges come through clearly, without sensationalization. The sporadic victories are oases of sweetness, without being saccharine. Lee makes it impossible not to develop tender feelings towards her characters--all of them, even the most morally compromised. Their multifaceted engagements with identity, family, vocation, racism, and class are guaranteed to provide your most affecting sobfest of the year.-- "BookRiot" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B01H3MWEGA
- Publisher : Apollo (23 February 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 2623 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 548 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 51 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The history and culture (and brilliant storytelling) weaved through the book make it worth reading, just to improve your knowledge of Japan and Korea.
Overall I'm glad I read it, but will probably take a break from this author incase continued reading in this vein makes me lose all hope in humanity.
Pachinko offers a stark and heart rending account of the Koreans living in Japan, and an insight to how the division of Korea affected the Koreans. Powerless and without status in Japan, to barely survive the Koreans had to labour long and hard at work and we’re despised by the Japanese.
The pinball game, Pachinko, is an analogy for life as a Korean in Japan, and probably in Korea. Occasionally there may be an opportunity, so grab it and work hard.
Yet along with the hardship, there is family, forgiveness and hope.
I will look for more books by this author.
It deals with cultural difference, racism and religious persecution but from a whole different perspective than anything I’ve read previously. I feel a bit ignorant that I didn’t know any of this prior to reading the book!
In spite of the themes concerned, this is a really good read! Highly recommended.
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I am so pleased I bought this book. It was enthralling - took me less than two days to read. I began by thinking it was going to be a family saga type book (which I normally avoid like the plague) but it was anything but.
I found myself become deeply involved with the characters and wanting to know how they got on, how their various decisions affected their lives. I was actually pleased it is a standalone book as it meant more than the first in a series.
I'd no idea what pachinko was (or, indeed, is) and I vaguely (and incorrectly) thought it would have something to do with food or clothing.
I hadn't realised how the Koreans were treated by the Japanese and had no idea of what they had to undergo in their day to day lives in either Korea or Japan. This book was an education.
I understood from the interview that this book took a very long time to write and that it was impeccably researched, so thought it deserved reading. There are a considerable number of characters with Korean and Japanese names and lots of words that need looking up in order to get their full meaning. I didn't even know what 'Pachinko' was and if you don't know you won't find out until about half way through the book - unless you look it up first. These are not criticisms, but I do feel that this book needs a fairly academic approach to get the most out of it. It is not an easy read. Following the lives and 'fortunes' of a Korean family who 'escape' to Japan in order to avoid starvation, it is a story of persecution and prejudice on many levels. If you like a feel-good story this is not for you, but if you can take a big dose of reality and admire the qualities of human spirit and tenacity in adversity then you will find this book both informative and deeply moving.
Everything starts well by engaging the sympathies of the reader. The scene is set concisely, giving the images of life in the small town without too much of the historical background.
Gradually the plot evolves throughout the rest of the book, showing the characters moving through their lives, struggling with their individual interpretations of identity. There is plenty of cultural information that is fascinating, in particular the complicated relationship between Korea and Japan. leading into the implications to the family of the Korean divide. World events move at a great pace but, in this story, we see the impact on the people.
The flow of the novel is variable though. I found the start quite slow and it took me some time to get into the swing of reading, finding many excuses to put it down. I was much more engaged in the middle section but then it slowed again towards the end where there was one too many characters introduced.
Generations merge and there are no clear switched from one to the next which had a very natural feel about it.
Finally the end of the book approached and it was thoughtful, revisiting emotions stirred earlier in the story along with tying up many loose ends.