Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
What’s it about?
This novel follows four generations of one Korean family from the early 1900's in Korea to the late 1980's in Japan. The novel begins auspiciously with, "History has failed us, but no matter." and continues barreling forward from there. Min Jin Lee previously wrote "Free Food for Millionaires". In this, her second novel , she further distinguishes herself as a writer to watch.
What did it make me think about?
Is racism literally everywhere? I knew so little about Korean history. This book shows us, through Min Jin Lee's wonderfully drawn characters, some of the recent history of Korea. Especially the complicated relationship between Korea and Japan. Min Jin Lee writes a masterful novel about the lives of one Korean family.
Should I read it?
This was a very good multi-generational sweeping saga. I especially love a book that informs you at the same time it is entertaining you. I recommend that you find some time and curl up on the couch with this one!
"In Seoul, people like me get called Japanese bastard, and in Japan, I'm just another dirty Korean no matter how much money I make, or how nice I am."
If you liked this try-
The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
Ruby by Cynthia Bond
The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman
best of spring/summer 2017
best of winter
best of summer 2014
last spring favorites
on my nightstand
edge of your seat
― Charles William Eliot
3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!