Pachinko (2017) by Min Jin Lee


Critical Evaluation "Like most memorable novels, however, Pachinko resists summary. In this sprawling book, history itself is a character. Pachinko is about outsiders, minorities and the politically disenfranchised. But it is so much more besides. Each time the novel seems to find its locus — Japan’s colonization of Korea, World War II as experienced in East Asia, Christianity, family, love, the changing role of women — it becomes something else. It becomes even more than it was." Krys Lee, "July’s Book Club Pick: Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee," The New York Times, February 2, 2017. First Excerpt "June 1932 "At the very beginning [...]