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message 1: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Angela ---This book sounds really good --- I passed it up --even considering it when I first saw it on NG --but of course I'm interested 'now'.....lol after reading more about it --and looking through it while in the book store...........
so let me know --or I'll come back-- love to know your thoughts on this book!!! xoxo
off for Sat. night date night (old farts --salad and a video) lol xoxo


message 2: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Elyse , I've only read about 60 pages of 490 and I'm definitely engaged and like it a lot so far . Enjoy your date night !


message 3: by Jen (new)

Jen I take your recommendation and will be adding it. Thanks Angela!


message 4: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Jen, I'll be interested in what you think as always.


message 5: by Sam (new)

Sam What a great review, Angela, and so happy that you also enjoyed this novel! I too found it fascinating from a historical perspective, as well as it being a nice family saga.


message 6: by Dem (new)

Dem Love your opening sentence....... One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. This is why I love historical fiction too.

This book sounds so good Angela, I will check it out as I have read very little about the Japanese occupation of Korea. Great review Angela.


message 7: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Sam , thanks . I had a feeling I'd like this after reading your review.

Dem , thanks . I'll be interested in what you think . Hope you love it too .


message 8: by Petra (new)

Petra Nice review! I am looking forward to reading this book.


message 9: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Petra, thanks . Ill be looking forward to your thoughts on it .


message 10: by Adina (new)

Adina Great review. I am reading Tiger Pelt right now and enjoying the writing. I think it was your review that convinced me to read it and my interest in Korea. Would you say the two books are similar?


message 11: by Bkwmlee (new)

Bkwmlee Awesome review! I’ve been wanting to read this one for awhile. Saw it in the store the other day and was tempted to buy it, but got distracted with other things. Probably will end up picking it up sooner rather than later.


message 12: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Adina, thank you . The books are similar in that they focus on Koreans during this time. Tiger Pelt is much more brutal and and also not as expansive as the family saga in this one .


message 13: by Linda (new)

Linda You've grabbed my attention with your great review, Angela. Will now be on the lookout for this one. Sounds so good! :)


message 14: by ☮Karen (new)

☮Karen Dem wrote: "Love your opening sentence....... One of the things I like about reading well written historical fiction is that it can take me to another time and place and can be a profound learning experience. ..."

Me too. Lovely review, Angela.


message 15: by Brina (new)

Brina Love your definition of historical fiction, Angela. This sounds like an interesting one.


message 16: by Judy (new)

Judy You write such thoughtful reviews, Angela. I'm not sure I want to add this right now, but enjoyed your review so much.


message 17: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Linda, Karen, Brina and Judy , thanks so much .


message 18: by Donna (new)

Donna Great review, Angela. I bought this and am looking forward to digging into it!


message 19: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ Wonderful review, Angela.


message 20: by Cheri (new)

Cheri Wonderful review, Angela, I really felt that sense of learning of this other place and time in both Pachinko and Tiger Pelt, a place and time I really knew little about. The family bonds here were very strong, as you said, and the stories (in both, really) are very compelling. I'm so glad that you read this and appreciated it!


Lindsay - Traveling Sister Lovely review Angela! Sounds very interesting.


message 22: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Donna , Diane , Cheri and Lindsay , thanks so much .

Cheri, yes the family bonds and love were so strong and I loved that part .


message 23: by Iris P (new)

Iris P Hurray for authors who write great historical novels that manage to entertain and educate us at the same time! And cheers to beautiful, well-written reviews like this one as well :)


message 24: by Candi (new)

Candi Another one I am interested in Angela, and your excellent review reaffirms that interest!


message 25: by Esil (new)

Esil Great review, Angela. This one sounds really interesting. I always like novels that do a good job of teaching about a part of the world and history I don't know.


message 26: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Thanks , Iris , Candi and Esil . I'll be interested in what any of you who read think .


message 27: by Connie (new)

Connie Review had me adding it to the never ending TBR!


message 28: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Thanks , Connie, hope you enjoy it!


message 29: by Kathleen (new)

Kathleen Wonderful review, Angela.


message 30: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Kathleen, thanks !


message 31: by Carol (new)

Carol I keep hearing about this and your review approaches it from a different angle. I'm certain I'll get to it one day.


message 32: by Carol (new)

Carol I keep hearing about this and your review approaches it from a different angle. I'm certain I'll get to it one day.


message 33: by Angela M (new)

Angela M I'll be interested in your thoughts,Carol.


message 34: by Ann Afrin (new)

Ann Afrin Another great review, Angela. I am very existing to read this book.


message 35: by Sara (new)

Sara This book sounds very intriguing, Angela. I wondered at the title, since I own a Pachinco machine and couldn't think how it might figure into a novel. You have cleared that up beautifully in your (always) wonderful review.


message 36: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Ann , thanks !

Sara, thank you . Curious to know how you came to own a Pachinko machine!


message 37: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Fantastic review, Angela!!


message 38: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Thanks , Deanna. A good one !


message 39: by Veronica (new)

Veronica I just finished this last night! couldn't agree with your review more! it was just lovely wasn't it how you felt you were there at that time with the family! I never knew about how Koreans were treated in Japan and the mistreatment! it open my eyes, heart broke me at times as well. I enjoyed the many women she choose to write about, the saying thru the book was women need to suffer-well to me all of them came out of it somehow, someway, the resilience!!! ahhhh I just loved this book so so much!


message 40: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Veronica , thanks so much . So glad you loved it too . Going to read your review right now !


message 41: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters Angela ....thank you - wonderful review & informative. I never requested this book when it first came on NG... mostly not wanting to be locked into the due date mixed with the number of pages it is.... lol
But now after your wonderful review....,
which I was waiting to find out - I'll be happy to purchase it get it from the library...
I'm just trying to avoid making mistakes with LONG reads -
shorter books - the gamble is less a risk.
Sooooo THANK YOU....
I'll mark this... and I'm interested in reading this sooner than later!
I appreciate your early read very much...
and am sold!!! xo


message 42: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Thanks , girlfriend! It is a gamble with these long ones and it seems I've been reading long ones lately, this is worth it I think.


message 43: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Walters ok! Thanks! --


message 44: by Ellie (new)

Ellie Terrific review, Angela! Thank you. I am reading the book now and wondered about the connection to pachinko the game (of course, I'm still at the beginning). I like the symbolic connection you made.


message 45: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Ellie, thanks so much . Hope that it's a good one for you . Looking forward to your thoughts.


message 46: by Wen (new)

Wen Fab review Angela as always. Wonderful interpretation of the title.


message 47: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Wen, thanks very much . :)


message 48: by Jonathan (new)

Jonathan Peto Angela M wrote: "Every decision made by the characters is taking a chance, a chance that they hope will move them forward..."

I hadn't thought about it like this! Great observation about why she titled it Pachinko.


message 49: by Angela M (new)

Angela M Thanks, Jonathan. I don’t know if that was the intent but it was my impression.


message 50: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Great review!


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