"Listen, there is a tax, you know, on success [...] If you do well at anything, you gotta pay up to all the people who did worse. On the other hand, if you do badly, life makes you pay a shit tax, too. Everybody pays something."
Tonight I binged the end of this book for book club tomorrow. The story captures the sacrifices a parent makes for their children, but this mom is extra!
One thing I did not like is that some of the chapters are told in 2nd person narrative which I‘m not a fan of, then on top it‘s told from different characters‘ points of view. It got really confusing at times.
Do you like 2nd person? Sorry I meant, You like 2nd person.
I finished my BOTM from February 2017! We could dwell on the fact that I replaced it on the shelf with 2 more BOTM from this month, but I‘m choosing to be positive. 😂
I feel like I‘m the last to read it, but this novel was completely engrossing. Really well-written historical fiction spanning four generations of a family of ethnic Koreans in Japan in the 20th century. Fascinating and heartbreaking.
I love when I really enjoy a book that I pick up at a library book sale!
Pachinko was good all the time and sad much of the time. I never had given much thought to how Koreans living in Japan after the war were treated.
I was enlightened as well as entertained with this story. A good combo.
“They say that if you take in a person he will betray you, and if you take in a dog he will pay you back.”
🐕 Captain Skippyjon Jones pays me back in snuggles and Bookstagram modeling.
Wow - such a heavy book, but did a wonderful job immersing the reader in the history of Korea and Japan. I can see how people might find it dry, but I feel you can‘t really understand the motive for a character or who the character is without understanding what happened to the land and its people as a whole. If that makes sense...Overall, really enjoyed this book!