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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

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Synopsis of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


A young Korean girl named Sunja, growing up in the early 1900s. She falls head over heels for a charming stranger, only to discover she's pregnant and he's already married. But Sunja's got guts. She turns down his money and marries a kind minister instead, leaving her home and the father of her child behind. This decision sets off a chain reaction that impacts her family for generations to come.


Pachinko is a sweeping story that'll take you from the vibrant markets of Korea to the prestigious universities of Japan and even the shady pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld. You'll meet unforgettable characters like strong-willed women, fiercely loyal siblings, and fathers wrestling with tough choices. These characters struggle and triumph in the face of a world that doesn't always care about their dreams.


A Brief Review of Pachinko by Min Jin Lee


I really got sucked into "Pachinko" while I was reading it. The writing was great and I found myself totally immersed in the story. Like many historical fiction novels that follow multiple generations, it did feel a bit long at times, but that makes sense since it covers such a broad period, from the Japanese colonization of Korea up to the present day.


That said, the ending wasn't my favorite part. I wasn't a big fan of how things turned out for Noa or Solomon, especially Solomon. It's hard to explain, but the ending just didn't feel like it fit with the rest of the book.


I think part of it was that pachinko itself didn't really strike me as a central theme throughout the book. So it felt a bit weird and forced that both Noa and Solomon ended up working in the pachinko business. It felt like it came out of nowhere, especially since pachinko didn't even show up until later in the story and didn't seem super important to the plot, other than being Mozasu's source of income.


Maybe I'm missing something, because I don't know much about pachinko itself. If anyone has any insights, I'd love to hear them!



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