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I knew Pachinko would become one of my favorite books of all time from the very first chapter. Min Jin Lee is so gifted. The story captivated me and carried me away to another world that we all know so little about. Every character was well thought out and beautifully formed as the book progressed. Their struggles of living in Japan colonized Korea to not having a sense of belonging in Japan were heartbreaking. I cried so much reading this book. My husband was genuinely concerned about my wellbeing as I displayed a tumultuous array of emotions while reading it. I also took an unusually long time to finish it because I did not want it to end. But when I did complete it, I felt a sense of peace and calm wash over me. As an immigrant myself, I am so lucky to have a good life and not live in a perpetual state of identity crisis. It made me appreciate what I have and made me ask important questions about what I hold important in my life and what my priorities are. This book shattered my world and oh so gently picked up the pieces and put them all back together.
I picked up Pachinko for my April box because of all of the great reviews on here and it rocked my world. It's now one of my favorite books of this year and probably of all time. But I'm having a hard time reading other books after because I just want to keep reading it. Does anyone have suggestions for other books for people who loved Pachinko?
I really liked reading the book Pachinko. I'm new to BOTM and it was a great first book to be introduced too. I love how the author goes through at least small tidbits of each characters life even if we only read about them for a couple of pages. I found myself pulling for one character and then something unexpected would happen that would make me change my whole perspective about that character and cheer for the opposite person. This was one of those stories that you didn't want to put down and when you did all you were thinking about was when the next time would be that you would be able to continue reading. I'm glad the author did research on the war in Korea because it helped the reader to feel like about of that world and sympathize with the characters in the book. Definitely a good read and I would highly recommend it. I skipped March's BOTM because none of them sounded interesting but hopefully "The American War" for April's BOTM will be good!
I loved this book so much. From the first page I did not want to put it down. I loved the characters and felt like they were part of my family as I read this book. Even weeks after finishing the book I think about the characters. I think this story would make a great movie. I was sad as the story came to an end. Great book!
I got a few books this month and I'm 2/3 of the way through Pachinko and I had to jump on here and say that this book is everything I hoped it would be and a lot more.
I'm a guy who loves crime/detective books, but every once in a while I like to throw in a good fiction novel - just a plain old good story. Pachinko is exactly what I was looking for. It's humble, intelligent, well crafted, heartfelt, and so many other things. I cannot wait to pass this along to my wife. Great choice!
I very much enjoyed this book and found it interesting that the author has carried this story for 30 years and went to such great lengths to give the story justice (as noted in her acknowledgements at the end). Much credit for giving this segment of history a voice. It's so sad to see people have to accept less and accept circumstances that are unfair and cruel. I found Sunja's mother's deathbed lecture heartbreaking and Noa's tragic end. So much to think about. Good choice BOM.
Everything about this book was stunningly beautiful, from the heartbreak and sad truths of life to watching a dysfunctional family of good people make the best of what they're given in a cruel world. I cried more than once and lost myself entirely into this book. After reading this I feel like I can walk away with an amazing story and a new perspective on history as well. If you haven't read it please do- the pages practically turn themselves.
I feel so sad to be done with this book. I don't even know what to say. I'm still taking in the whole story. Of family.. immigration.. xenophobia.. the painful reality that context changes but little else. A beautiful, beautiful story that introduced me to the treatment of Koreans in Japan, something I had not known much about. Please become a movie.
I really enjoyed this book. I feel the themes are timeless, relevant and cross-cultural. I know the history of Korea and I know it of Japan, but I have never considered it from the perspective of both cultures and a enjoyed a personal viewpoint. I really enjoyed going more in depth. I also felt a lot of empathy for the characters described.
I have mixed feelings about Solomon's decision to work in his father's pachinko business. Given his education and the opportunity to rise above the discrimination, I was a bit disappointed that he chose to continue to work in one of the few businesses that Koreans were allowed to own in Japan. On the other hand, I think he made the decision freely (after he was fired, that is), realizing how important his family is to him. So, on balance, I think he ended up in the right place for him. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this?
I absolutely loved this book! I didn't know much about the plight of Koreans living in Japan, and the stories, struggles, and resiliency of this family captured my heart. The years almost seemed to jump too quickly in the book's second half, but I suppose Ms. Lee wanted to keep it under 1000 pages! This is my first BOM and what a great way to start!
8 decades of life crammed into one novel. I had to pause for bit afterwards just to remember what year it was....oh yeah, it's 2017. And I'm not in Japan. But it took awhile...a few minutes at least to realize this. I think that's the sign of a really good novel. Complete escapism. I've finished this lovely book and can't wait to hear what everyone else has to think about it! Would love to hear thoughts and discuss.