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One of the best books I've read in 2018
October 9, 2018
Pachinko is a Korean family saga from about 1910 when the Japanese invaded Korea until 1989 after the country was divided into North and South as it is now. But most of the book takes place in Japan where Koreans are considered second class citizens even if they were born in Japan. Sometimes this book was as suspenseful as a mystery, as socially conscious as a Dickens novel, and as sad as the movie, Bambi. It has love and loss, scandal and redemption and good and evil. I have only read two exceptional books this year of the many I have read and this is one of them. You will enjoy it because it is well written, well plotted and takes you away and into the lives of this Korean family whom you feel as if you know from the beginning. I never wanted it to end.