I’ve been slowly reading this book for ages. It took two four + hour flights to finish it, and I’m so glad I did.
Pachinko is a story about love, sacrifice, commitment, motherhood/womanhood, struggle, etc. It spans four generations of Koreans living in Japan against all odds.
Even though it’s a NYT best seller, I didn’t think it would be for me. Boy, was I wrong! This book painted such a vivid picture of the environment, the people, and the culture that I couldn’t put it down (and trust me, my eyes were often heavy while trying to read). I even found myself tearing up every now and then. Although not totally comparable, it reminded me of my parents’ journey to America and everything they endured.
If you’re looking for a beautiful book that will draw you in from the very beginning, this is it. Pachinko should definitely be on your reading list.