A victorian epic transplanted to Japan, following a Korean family of immigrants through eight decades and four generations.PRIZES:Short-listed for National Book Award 2017
* Shortlisted for the National Book Award ** One of the New York Times's 10 Best Books of 2017 *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.
"This was not my kind of novel. I really wanted to like it, and I certainly did enjoy learning about Koreans living in Japan and their culture and living conditions, but overall the story and many characters just didn't grab me by the heart. I wasn't really moved and I found the writing style somewhat boring and overly detailed with unimportant information. Often, it was hard for me to believe or understand the motives of some of the characters. There is very likely a cultural barrier here, but Lee was not able to help me cross it as other writers have done for me before. I still thought it was worth the read, though, due to the immense amount of historical material here about a subject that I knew nothing about. It was very enlightening in that regard."
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