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Pachinko

2017 . Fiction, Historical Fiction . Min Jin Lee

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Everyone

About the book

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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.

Year:

2017

Language:

English

Publisher:

Grand Central Publishing

Pages:

496

Reviews

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Cailin Cowley

1 month ago

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Don’t read this if you don’t want a book that’ll make your heart hurt. An incredible story that follows a Korean family through multiple generations.

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Annie Spencer

2 years ago

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Fascinating insight into historical Korea and Japan. Slow, meandering, calm read.