Pachinko by Min Jin Lee | Book Review

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Anjaana Chadha says:

I am reading this book now. I am totally mesmerized with the starting sentence “history has failed us”. This is my first book by this author. I am looking forward for further reading. Thanks for a beautiful review.

Frances Scott says:

Good review.  I also enjoyed the book but I had a few issues with it.  I thought the foreign phrases with no explanation were annoying.  I can't stand it when something causes the "spell" of reading a book to be broken – meaning, you're no longer transported to the world of these people, you're in your living room reading a book.  Having to stop and Google words I don't know is a huge distraction for me.I also felt that the end was rather abrupt and unsatisfying and quite honestly, didn't understand why Sunja was so averse to accepting help from Koh Hansu,  I guess it made for a more interesting story, and maybe that's a cultural difference, but I would figure, hey, he helped create this child, let him pony up.  But your review was very good and insightful.  I liked the book too, but I'm with you, it's not 5-star material.  Not quite.

Shut Up & Read says:

yes i definitely agree about the coldness aspect – as an asian person myself, we're just not very vocal or physical about feelings so i think the author did a great job in capturing this. we also reviewed this book as well and absolutely adored it! also, great review!

Tina Porubsky says:

I love your enthusiasm for Pachinko. The cover truly is gorgeous. I made it my BOTM pick, but have yet to read it. You made me feel as if I should stop my current read & dive right into Pachinko.

Shelley Carr says:

I just finished this book, and I waited to check out your review until after I had finished it, but I agree, I really enjoyed this book. The characters you sympathize with, and in certain respects, really relate to. I also learned a lot about Korean and Japanese history, culture, and food, which is always a welcome bonus. I think what I related to the most were the questions of education vs working in a place like pachinko. The choices the family made, the hardworking mothers, so much of it is transferable to the present, sin e we still are dealing with gender roles, expensive cities, systemic racism, and trying to be happy within the system you are placed in. All in all, I loved it. I've already loaned it to another friend to read!

margaret Smith says:

cant wait to get mine today.

SavidgeReads says:

I really, really, really want to read Pachinko. I think I'm going to have to get the US edition because the UK cover is dreadful. Sounds like the insides are as gorgeous as the American cover. Can't wait.

MissKriekentaart says:

Sounds interesting! I put it on my to read list so hopefully I will get to it in a year or two 😉

CezL says:

I will absolutely check this out. I lived in Korea for 2 years and the hatred for Japan and all things Japanese is incredible. You get told that a lot of it comes from the fact that Japan colonised Korea and made Koreans slaves (not to mention, comfort women) so there's a hell of a lot of resentment there. I've never thought about Koreans actually living in Japan during that time so I will definitely pick this up to see what it's all about.

Julie from NZ says:

This book is definitely going on my TBR.  🙂

Dark & Twisty Books says:

I bought this, because I wanted to get all the Book of the Month books this month. I am reading Homegoing next, and I think I will probably pick up Pachinko next month.

R.V. Chua says:

It is Pachinko not Panchinko, sorry to be OC!

sarah blue says:

I love book of the month.. I got "Behind Her Eyes" this month. Now I want to read this one as well! I just finished Homegoing and it was the best <3

BriKie says:

I have this book and it's been calling my name from the bookshelf ever since I got it! It's good to know that I made a good choice with this BOTM pick.

Also, your new closing music throws me off every time. I'm so used to the 2016 jingle. I like it tho!

Rachel Mauro says:

I won Lee's first novel in a giveaway and this one sounds even better! There's just so much to read out there, but her work sounds like it belongs near the top of the list. Thanks for the review.

librarianfanmail says:

I've been hearing such good things about this one, also the speed in which you read it and then posted a review, I will definitely need to get to it!

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