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Pachinko

 
 
Author
Min Jin Lee.
Publisher Grand Central  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1.35 inches
ISBN 9781455563920
Pages/Publication Date 500/2017
Daedalus Item Code 79807
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(Finalist for the 2017 National Book Award and one of the New York Times Book Review's Top 10 Books of the Year) "History has failed us, but no matter," begins Min Jin Lee's stunning second novel (following Free Food for Millionaires). In the early 1900s, teenaged Sunja falls for a wealthy, powerful stranger at the seashore near her home in Korea. Yet when she discovers that she is pregnant, and that her lover is married, she refuses to be bought, and instead accepts an offer of marriage from a gentle minister on his way to Osaka—a decision that will echo through four generations of her immigrant family in 20th-century Japan. From bustling street markets to the halls of Japan's finest universities, and the pachinko parlors of the criminal underworld, Lee's complex and passionate characters—strong, stubborn women; devoted sisters and sons; fathers shaken by moral crisis—survive and thrive against the indifferent tides of history.

"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.... In this haunting epic tale, no one story seems too minor to be briefly illuminated. Lee suggests that behind the facades of wildly different people lie countless private desires, hopes and miseries, if we have the patience and compassion to look and listen."—NYTBR

 
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