‘Pachinko’, by Min Jin Lee Book Reviews

I do enjoy a book that exposes me to other cultures and their histories. This book’s setting is middle of the last century Japan and follows a Korean family for a couple of generations. Prior to reading this book I had only the foggiest of notions about Japanese invasion and colonization efforts in Korea and how many displaced Koreans living in Japan had been treated as an underclass in Japan for many years. The cultural context and stories of strength in this book were what really grabbed me. While there were parts detailing the specific racism and disadvantages of the Koreans and it impacts that sucked at my faith in humankind there was a balance of stories where great kindness, sacrifice and love prevailed.

Would I recommend? Yes, the context and history lessons were fascinating and the characters diverse and authentic.

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