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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    asasiprshared an impression4 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    It's really a great story.

    b2060880335shared an impression4 years ago
    💡Learnt A Lot

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

    aliazulkiflishared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot

    Tragic but a powerful story.


    Olga Sohas quoted2 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
    Anastasia Manylovahas quoted5 months ago
    It was as if a warm room had gotten cooler, but it was still the same room.
    Muneera Al Hendihas quotedlast year
    Some Koreans in Japan do not wish to be called Zainichi Korean because the term means literally “foreign resident staying

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