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Pachinko

By: Min Jin Lee
Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
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Yeongdo, Korea - 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a 15-year-old girl. The couple have one child: their beloved daughter, Sunja. 

When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then, Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends and no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story.

©2017 Min Jin Lee (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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An Insight into Koreans living in Japan

Pachinko is a lengthy chronicle of several generations of one Korean family from before the Second World War until the 1990s. The author has attempted a to cover a huge expanse of time in great detail which has made the book at times a bit repetitive and long-winded. However, for me it was an eye-opener as I knew next to nothing about Koreans living in Japan. Their life there was difficult and made more so by strict rules regarding what they could and could not do, for example, they could not become citizens. The author shows how all the restrictions forced them into the less reputable jobs such as pachinko worker and eventually owner.If you like sweeping family sagas and are interested in Japan and Korea, then you will really enjoy this book.

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A great multi-generational story

Fascinating insight into the history of Korean immigrants in Japan and a great family saga. It dragged on at the end just a little. Loved the narration.

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so glad I listened to this

I listened to this book on an interview recommendation of one of my most favourite authors, Tahereh Mafi. I do not normally enjoy historical fiction, epic drama, or anything of this sort, but WOW. This will stay with me for a long time. The characters are so real, I could see their lives and feel their feelings. what a vivid and compelling story. even if this is not normally your thing, I think you will like it.

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Great story

If you are into family dynasty stories then this is the story for you. Provides an Interesting insight into the situation of Koreans in Japan.

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A modern classic if there ever was one.

FANTASTIC. Lee is today's Dostoevsky. A master of telling the stories of People and souls.

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Engrossing

Paints a beautiful picture of four generations. It took me a while to get used to the way the book dips in and out of characters’ lives, but it unfolds and comes together beautifully.

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I loved this sweeping story

wonderful characters and a close up vote of a world we don't often hear about in the English language. I thoroughly enjoyed the depth of each character. No stereotypes. highly recommended

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Excellent Book

I loved this story. Every chapter kept me interested. The History of Korea is well written.

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Started SO well!

This was a very long listen and covered SO so many characters. I think the book could have been halved as there were too many inconsequential characters. So much sadness and all for nothing. However I did complete the book just to see what would happen!

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I loved this.

One of the best books I have read in a long time. Such a beautiful family and what an interesting life they all lead. Great read.

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