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Pachinko
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Start date
November 2, 2018
Finish date
November 30, 2018
Why we're reading this
November 2018 Club Book
Read: Nov 2 - Nov 30, 2018
Discussion: Dec 1 - Dec 28, 2018

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Casey
This is a hard book to rate, because there were things I truly enjoyed about it. The Japanese colonized Korea back in the day, if you didn’t know, and the history is pretty fascinating. Plus, Min Jin Lee is a capable writer, the kind that leads book-clubbers to proudly proclaim (while guzzling Pinot Grigio, no doubt) that they actually finished the book.

Actually, I thought this was a solid four-star read — until I was almost finished with it. But I have to knock off 1/2 star for not sticking the
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Rachel
A little bit light for me. A little too heavy handed with her themes. I think it would be better to read a history of the time and place.
Mary Ayres
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read
I found this an amazing family saga that especially dealt with never fitting it. In the process I learned a great deal about the history of the koreans in Japan. It is a highly readable book, well written. In reading other reviews, I agree with the objection that time that passes between chapters sometimes feels left out, especially if a main character died.

There are many characters but the main ones follow the women, which I really enjoyed.
Anna Elliott
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read few novels set in either Korea or Japan....

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Laurie
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Very good historical novel - the characters are believable and I learned a lot about Korean/Japanese interactions in the 20th century. Also, I learned what pachinko is!
Megan
Dec 28, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Viola
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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