Pachinko- New York Times Best Seller
by Min Jin Lee
"This is a captivating book ... Min Jin Lee's novel takes us through four generations and each character's search for identity and success. It's a powerful story about resilience and compassion" BARACK OBAMA.
Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-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, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story.
Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.
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anonymous reviewed on 1 Dec 2020
Nice book.It reminds me of 'The river and the source' by Margaret Ogola.The only discouragement is Noa's death.I expected him to further the importance of education but he ends up committing suicide.The author through Noa also states that the key to success is avoiding alcohol,women and gambling.But Mozasu makes it by gambling (Pachinko parlours).I also regret why Hansu and Sunja never got married.Hansu is a true gentleman by all standards despite being a Yakuza.Congrats Min.