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Min Jin Lee


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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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  • b2060880335shared an impression7 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot

    Очень познавательно. Слишком грустно. Секс был ни к чему. А все остальное понравилось.

  • b6419484977shared an impression2 years ago

    Great story about stoic spirit, ultimate loyalty and faith! Powerfyl story resonating immigrants

  • asasiprshared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    It's really a great story.


  • Olga Sohas quoted4 years ago
    Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit answered to, in strongest conjuration.

    —Charles Dickens
  • Kandi Tolentinohas quoted3 years ago
    The peasants knew that a spoiled son did more harm to a family than a dead one, and they kept themselves from indulging him too much
  • Anastasia Manylovahas quoted3 years ago
    It was as if a warm room had gotten cooler, but it was still the same room.

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