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Pachinko

Narrated by: Allison Hiroto
Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)
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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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Didn't seem to have a point

Started well, then got lost and a little bit pointless. It was difficult to tell who was talking because the narrator didn't put on voices to differentiate characters. All in all, I was disappointed. Didn't live up to the hype.

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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 slice of history, well told.

I loved the story at first. It was so real and drew me in. Family relationships, heartache, joy, grief and cultural differences were described so well. However later I found too much graphic sex. It's a pity. So much detail is not necessary for the story. I would have given it the top score otherwise.

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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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Pachinko

I loved this book. Sensitively written, it’s both insightful and poignant and vividly captures the social and cultural climate of Japan and Korea from the turn of the century to the modern day. Perfect narration, I’ll look forward to more from Min Jin Lee and Allison Hiroto.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-03-2019

Pachinko

Real epic novel - great piece of work! The generations covered in the story gave a really rich
authenticity to the struggles over time in this part of the world.
Found it hard to put down.
Stunning characters I felt I actually knew!