Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) - Min Jin Lee

Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)

By Min Jin Lee

  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 343 Ratings

Description

NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST * A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW TOP TEN OF THE YEAR * NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF 2017 *A USA TODAY TOP TEN OF 2017 * JULY PICK FOR THE PBS NEWSHOUR-NEW YORK TIMES BOOK CLUB NOW READ THIS * FINALIST FOR THE 2018 DAYTON LITERARY PEACE PRIZE
Roxane Gay's Favorite Book of 2017, Washington Post
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * #1 BOSTON GLOBE BESTSELLER * USA TODAY BESTSELLER * WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER * WASHINGTON POST BESTSELLER

In this gorgeous, page-turning saga, four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew.

"There could only be a few winners, and a lot of losers. And yet we played on, because we had hope that we might be the lucky ones."

In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja, the adored daughter of a crippled fisherman, falls for a wealthy stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. He promises her the world, but when she discovers she is pregnant--and that her lover is married--she refuses to be bought. Instead, she accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle, sickly minister passing through on his way to Japan. But her decision to abandon her home, and to reject her son's powerful father, sets off a dramatic saga that will echo down through the generations.

Richly told and profoundly moving, Pachinko is a story of love, sacrifice, ambition, and loyalty. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities to the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters--strong, stubborn women, devoted sisters and sons, fathers shaken by moral crisis--survive and thrive against the indifferent arc of history.

*Includes reading group guide*

Reviews

  • Long

    3
    By Lady Sparhawk
    This long and depressing novel has some cultural fascinations, but its world view is so antithetical to mine that I thought it would velvet end.
  • Pachinko

    5
    By Judy1954
    I love reading about foreign countries and this book was awesome. You follow a family and then their offsprings from Korea to Japan. What a wonderful story.
  • Engaging

    4
    By Mississippi H
    Reading the interview with the author at the end helped put some pieces together for me. Troubling, however, was the mention of Christianity without any of the so called Christians struggling with their carnal lusts. I so wanted Noa to find gratitude for his upbringing and forgiveness for parents shortcomings. Learned lots of history I had been totally ignorant on before
  • Pretty Good

    4
    By Brianah8
    Pretty good book Only giving four stars because there were times when the book was overly drawn out like with Haruki and Ayame what did that have to do with anything was it about the sex in the woods was it about being gay. What did that have to do with anything ??? Over all really good book I Loved Sunja and cried when she cried it was a beautiful book however I was secretly rooting for ko Hansu
  • WOW!!!

    5
    By seconset islandoo
    Could not stop reading even after 11:30. Character development. Smells of their foods and feeling everyone's, hurts and successes ,living their lives ,oh the challenges of life in not your own country. Learned a lot,am now more kind and sympathetic to different people.
  • Astonishing

    5
    By Author Sherry Jones
    Pachinko is a wonderful book about what it means to be an immigrant and looked down upon for that alone. It is filled with vibrant, complex, flawed, noble characters. As a reader, I felt enthralled and deeply moved. As a writer, I feel humbled.
  • Pachinko

    5
    By SPBerko
    Excellent book- almost an historical novel, where you learn the history of the time and place and enjoy a well written story.
  • Underwhelming

    3
    By Eatrunpray
    Maybe if I had not read “The Girl with Seven Names” first I would like this book more. The ending had no real closure to the saga and it could have easily been told in 100 pages less. Also, always disappointed when authors have to weave in explicit sex scenes. If the story line is strong, it can be carried without this.
  • Powerful and engrossing!

    5
    By Jwil'smom
    Captivating characters whose lives are told with beauty and tenderness. This book also filled a wide, gaping void in my knowledge of Korea-Japan relations. Supremely satisfying on every level
  • Very good

    5
    By Cut wood
    Good story, good writing, good character development. Interesting to learn about the Korean/Japanese experience. I recommend this book. It was such a pleasure to read.