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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist)
Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) | Min Jin Lee
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST National Bestseller In this bestselling, 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.
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mjtwo
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19-26 Nov 22 (audiobook)
This novel depicts the lives of several generations of a Korean family living in Japan. It shows the systemic racism and discrimination they suffer and the difficulties faced by displaced people everywhere. Japan does not come off well, but I expect the same would be seen in many parts of the world.
I knew little about pachinko or Korea, except they had a thriving film industry when I was more informed about such things.

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Ellen_C
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A 20th century, multi-generational saga of a Korean family in Japan. Fascinating info about discrimination, WWII and aftermath, and the different ways members of one family got along (or didn‘t) amongst themselves and amongst the Japanese. https://cannonballread.com/2022/10/pachinko-elcicco/

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Julsmarshall
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What an epic story! This beautiful novel spans multiple generations and brought to life so many memorable characters. I loved it! I‘ve owned it in hardback forever but finally listened on #audio and it was lovely. Deeply thoughtful, honest, and with gorgeous prose, I‘ll be thinking of this one for a long time! #chunkster #BookspinBingo

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kellock
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Next up . . . 99p bargain and I've heard good things

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Megzmarie5
Pachinko | Min Jin Lee

“He understood why his customers wanted to play something that looked fixed but left room for randomness and hope.”

Finished this book, filled with the relentless human spirit navigating the sufferings of a hard life, yet always having a heart filled with hope that‘s tied to loving family above all else. Tough to read at times, but completely worth it!

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Cazxxx
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Todays listen 🎧

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty cover 🧡💜 7mo
Cazxxx @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s lovely ☺️ 7mo
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Arvena
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Mehso-so

Truly sad and devastating historical family saga about four generations of a Korean family in Japan. The book is fine. I learned new things about the dynamic between Koreans & Japanese, their culture, cuisine, language.

Nute I think that it has been adapted into a television miniseries. 9mo
cheesemoi I agree that the book was just okay :) I heard that the TV series will rearrange the order of some of the events. I‘d be curious to see the differences 9mo
CaroPi I will read the book and then watch the series. Is already in Apple TV 9mo
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MartinaLove
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Currently reading. 🥰

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cheesemoi
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While there is a lot to like about the book, it wasn‘t my favorite cup of tea. I liked the pacing and the multiple generations— how people come and go, the struggles the face, their reasons for coming and going… very nuanced and engaging characters!

I didn‘t love the level of sex in the book, and sometimes the book felt like it was summarizing itself during important parts of the plot. All in all, I‘m glad I read it— different than my usual :)

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cheesemoi
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About halfway through this, and so far, so good! Much to learn about Korean culture and history. Strong characters, loads of twists and turns, and very nicely paced.

I can tell that I am not a member of the target audience, mostly in the sense that I am not a mother! I think anyone with a strong sense of family will relate to the characters motivations, but the motherhood aspect is particularly moving, perhaps overwhelming, and very powerful!

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Aims42
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Mehso-so

This was a “liked not loved” type of read for me. I enjoyed the first half much more than the second half, I was maybe running out of steam by then. I would recommend it to anyone who loves multigenerational family sagas, but rent it from the library 👍

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Agree with you!! 9mo
Aims42 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks, friend!! 😊😊😊 9mo
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thewallflower0707
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Apple TV is killing it on the streaming market!! TED LASSO, Dickinson, For all Mankind, and now an #adaptation of #Pachinko. I‘ve have watched the first episode and I really enjoyed it. They are not telling the story chronologically, which helps me follow it better since I don‘t remember a lot from the book.

jen_the_scribe Pachinko keeps popping up for me everywhere, I might have to get myself a copy. 10mo
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Ivonnini
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All you have to do is rest before dying

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K.M.-Forester
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I‘m normally not a huge fan of historical fiction but this book was absolutely amazing. I couldn‘t put it down 📚❤️

MeganAnn I loved this book! Welcome to Litsy 💖 10mo
BethM Welcome to the best place on the internet!! 10mo
Pip2 I have been debating on this one. I think you convinced me to go for it. 10mo
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K.M.-Forester @Pip2 somewhat slow intro but it‘s heartbreakingly good 10mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 10mo
DivineDiana Welcome to Litsy! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 10mo
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Is there such a thing as #readingsynchronicity? I ended up reading these 2 historical novels of Korean 20th-century history at the same time. While the Sea Women focused on a particularly strong subset of Korean cultural community, Pachinko, also focused on strong women, told more about the Korean diaspora in Japan as a result of the colonization of Korea before WWII. Both highly recommended! 4 ⭐ each!

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Tianarose
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**IM NOT GOING TO WATCH BEFORE READING*** repeats slowly to self….

TheBookHippie 😂😂😂 10mo
WJCintron ME NEITHER!!!!! 10mo
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andioop
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ready for the on-screen version 🤪

jlhammar Yes, me too! 10mo
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Christine
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You know you‘re loving a multigenerational family saga when you shout “Nooooo!!!” bc the time period shifts and you realize you‘ll have no more time with the characters at certain ages/parts of their lives. 😭 I adored this. Having admired Min Jin Lee as a person and for her online presence for a long time, it felt pretty ridiculous that I‘d never actually read her books! This exceeded high expectations and taught me a lot.

canbku I wanted more time with later characters!! 10mo
readordierachel Love this review. This one's been on my tbr since it came out. Should really get to it 10mo
LeahBergen @readordierachel And on mine, as well. 🙄 10mo
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readordierachel @LeahBergen Too many books 📚 10mo
KatieB I loved this one too. Totally immersive! 10mo
Christine @canbku Same! With most of the characters, really. Went by too fast! 10mo
Christine @readordierachel @LeahBergen LOL, always too many good options! Truly glad I finally got to this, though. Praise be to Apple TV+ for lighting a fire under me (even though I don't even subscribe to it right now - but the IDEA of the series coming was the push I needed, apparently! 😆). 10mo
Christine @KatieB Absolutely! I was surprised by how quickly I flew through it. 10mo
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Juliev
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Pachinko was a little slow, but I always enjoy a multi-generational saga.

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Blerdgal_Fenix
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The book has been turned into a movie!!! I loved this book! It is coming to Apple TV April 2022. I really enjoyed the historical fiction aspect of this book. If you haven‘t read it - please do! I always hoped it would come to screen. #movie #korea #femalelead #historical

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canbku
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It's great. I love it. Of course I love it. It's right up my alley. I loved the complicated relationships and the wartime setting. I just maybe didn't love the second generation - Noa and Mozasu. I didn't understand them as well and feel like we didn't get very much action with them. We kept skipping years and I wanted to have as rich a setting as the first half of the book

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canbku
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On my list for so long. I guess I was intimidated by the length and depth while I was totally incapable of focusing during the pandemic. It's so very much up my alley, though, so I'm glad to be getting going

AmandaBlaze The cover is beautiful! 12mo
Blerdgal_Fenix This book is amazing!! One of my favorites!! 12mo
K.M.-Forester Out of this world novel! I finished in two days, so hard to stop once you start 10mo
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ImperfectCJ
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I finally read this novel that has been recommended to me so many times. Although I haven't been much in the mood for a long story that follows a family through generations, I didn't find this one tedious and it gave me a little more insight into the complicated relationship between Japan and Korea.

jlhammar Love Pachinko! I think the adaptation is coming to Apple TV+ soon. 12mo
Julsmarshall I‘ve got to move this one up my #TBR! 12mo
youneverarrived I loved this! 12mo
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BennettBookworm I‘ve similarly been putting this off- thanks for the reminder! 12mo
ImperfectCJ @BennettBookworm Every December my spouse chooses 5 books from my TBR to check out from the library for my birthday/Christmas gift, so he really gets the credit for moving this up my to-read list. I like seeing which titles he picks (of the 750 or so on the list 😬). 12mo
BennettBookworm What a great idea! 12mo
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Squidonland
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“I agree. They did nothing wrong.” He looked at her thoughtfully. “But a God that did everything we thought was right and good wouldn‘t be the creator of the universe. He would be our puppet. He wouldn‘t be God. There‘s more to everything than we can know.”

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ImperfectCJ
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Monday morning audiopuzzling. Too bad I didn't have an Asia puzzle to work while listening to this novel. I'll have to plan ahead better so I can coordinate books and puzzles.

ImperfectCJ My 12yo says, "Do you think doing this puzzle will help you remember the Balkans better?" It could be an innocent question or he could be giving me a hard time about my inability to retain information about the geography of the Balkan Peninsula. I'm pretty sure it's the latter, but I'm choosing to believe the former. 13mo
RayHallucinogen Up until the '90s it was much easier with Yugoslavia. Now it's just too massy. 13mo
Ruthiella I have trouble with the Balkans too. Slovenia vs Slovakia vs the Czech Republic... 13mo
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TamTracy
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This is a heavy story of a family over several generations. There is a lot of sadness and hardships throughout but all within the historical context. I learned a ton about topics I had very little knowledge of previously and very much enjoyed the book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Mccall0113 Very much enjoyed this journey. 13mo
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shannasbookshelf
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Once more, I‘m sorry I keep going MIA here.
For right now, my goal is to post 1-2 times a week and build up from there.
To see my #januarytbr #january2022tbr, check out the following link: https://www.instagram.com/p/CYReKshlRSs/?utm_medium=copy_link

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Bookwormjillk
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#12booksof2021

When I read this in February I was reminded that the chunksters are usually worth it.

Andrew65 Still to read this. 13mo
Readergrrl Another great novel!!! This is another one of those novels that I find myself recommending over and over. 13mo
jlhammar Yes, such a good book! 13mo
WJCintron It's on my TBR!!! 13mo
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PuSsNbOoKs
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“You want to see a very bad man? Make an ordinary man successful beyond his imagination. Let‘s see how good he is when he can do whatever he wants.”

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aperfectmjk
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Current goals for #AnyWayYouReadathon and #NovelNovember are to finish Pachinko which is my #Doublespin for #Bookspinbingo, and then hopefully start and finish off The Last House on Needless Street. This has not been a productive month for me. Maybe because I'm coming down from last month, or maybe it's because I'm on vacation. 🤷‍♀️

@kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

Andrew65 Good luck, great book choices. Hopefully this will help you to get in a routine again. 1y
Eggbeater Good luck! I loved Pachinko! 1y
DarkMina Pachinko is really good! 1y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Mehso-so

This is the story of Sanja who started life in a Korean fishing village in the early 1900s. After finding out she's pregnant by a wealthy but married man, she marries a minister and moves to Japan.

I found the descriptions to be evocative and the setting to be interesting but in the end I found it to be too long. I'm glad that I did this as an audio.

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Messiejessie
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This has been on my TBR for ages, and I‘m glad I finally got to it. I found the first half really compelling, but lost a bit of enthusiasm for reading it towards end. It‘s told from a straight-forward, third person perspective, which is great for conveying a lot of information, but I didn‘t really feel an attachment to the characters.

BookBelle84 I love that cover! 1y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Finally reading this one for my work book club.

I know this is a profoundly difficult day for many so I wish you all a bit of peace and self-care. ❤️

eanderson 💕💕💕 1y
Librarybelle I loved this book! 1y
DivineDiana Thank you. ❤️ 1y
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natashalb
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A moving saga starting with Sunja who falls pregnant by a wealthy yakuza in Yeongdo and a Christian Minister who offers to take her with him to Osaka to be his wife and raise the child as his own. The story follows Sunja and the following generations of her family and explores the hardships faced by Zainichi Koreans in Japan.

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AutumnRLS
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Another two doorstop-sized books completed. I loved both, but Pachinko was especially good.

SamAnne I loved the one on the left and hope to tackle the one on the right this fall. 1y
Desha Pachinko was sooo good:) 1y
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Coming in hot with my September #bookspin list! #bookspin has really been pivotal in getting me out of my reading slump from last year. I look forward to it every month and can‘t wait to see what I‘ll be reading!!

Leftcoastzen Pretty printing! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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fredthemoose
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Fascinating and engaging story of several generations of a Korean family, most of whom immigrated to or were born in Japan. I enjoyed seeing how the younger generations, with more options and resources, dealt with the themes of belonging and what makes a place home differently than previous generations. Vividly written. Made me want to learn more about the 20th century history of Korea and Japan outside of their relationship to the US.

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️ I really enjoyed this too 1y
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Jess861
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I really enjoyed this book about four generations of a Korean family living in Japan (for the most part). I knew so little on the history of Japan and their treatment of Koreans - it was absolutely eye opening. So much history in this book and it was wonderfully written. The story had a natural flow and I could have kept on reading.

#JoysofJune #Readathon #Japan #ReadingAsia2021

@Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Texreader Lovely review 2y
Librarybelle I loved this one! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I loved this one too. 2y
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Jess861
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I booked today off work to do online school with the little guy but it was cancelled for today. It's to beautiful of a day to not get some outdoor reading in. Only about 100 pages to go and I've really enjoyed this book so far. The iced coffee is a nice treat too.

#JoysofJune #IcedCoffee #HistoricalFiction #Readathon

BiblioLitten Perfect! 2y
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Jess861
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Another perfect morning to spend some time outside reading....with some hot tea of course. Spent a good chunk of yesterday reading in the backyard as well. I think it is supposed to rain later so have to get outside while I can (plus baby girl is napping right now). About half way through Pachinko and I'm really enjoying it.

#JoysofJune #Readathon #Tea #ReadingAsia2021

Velvetfur That sounds like such a good book! 👍🏻 2y
Jess861 @Velvetfur It really is so far. I'm having a hard time putting it down. 2y
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Jess861
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Joining another fun choose your own goals #readathon by @Andrew65. Hopefully I get a bit of reading in this week for #JoysofJune.

I'm giving myself two simple goals: Do some reading outside and read as much of Pachinko as I can.

Happy reading 🙂