Busan, Korea 1911: A club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old beauty. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife.
Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja’s salvation is just the beginning of her story. Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - huntersun9 - LibraryThing
A family saga that takes place in Korea and Japan from 1910-1989.It is a beautifully written story of poverty, bigotry, war, almost relentless suffering, and human resilience. Read full review
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This is a beautifully written saga of a Korean family who moves to Japan. The beginning moves a little slowly, but it gradually develops into a fascinating historical study. As Koreans, the Baek ... Read full review