My Thoughts On Pachinko

Hello everyone, how are you doing?

If you’re wondering about me then I’m doing well, thank you!

I activated the Amazon Kindle Unlimited recently on my smartphone and while I was exploring Kindle’s vast library, I found Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The book caught my attention because of its inviting and vibrant book cover. Yes, I’m the kind of person who will be a little biased towards picking a book because of its outer appearance!

That said, I found out that Pachinko was counted among the ten best books of 2017. I was determined to read this book not only because of its alluring book cover, vast popularity but also because of the summary that caught my attention. I don’t regret it one bit. And would happily recommend to it anybody who likes reading about familial bond, love, loss & perseverance.

The author Min Jin Lee’s descriptive writing will transport you to Japan & Korea’s history because it is painstakingly detailed to perfection. She makes sure that there is nothing left to doubt & answers all your silent queries while reading which is important for me while reading a book. I don’t like stories that are unnecessarily vague.

There are many characters in the story as it’s a family saga of four generations of a Korean family who have emigrated to Japan for survival. The flow of the book is really commendable & well connected. Each and every character stays with you & I am still absorbing everything that I’ve read. The book gives us a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people whose lives have been affected by the war. And, that was the author’s main intention – to focus on the plight of ordinary citizens & not just the aristocrats during the Japanese-Korean war.

At the end of the book, there’s a detailed interview of Min Jin Lee & what compelled her to write this elaborate & moving family saga. I learned a great deal about Korea and Japan’s history. Finally, I understood the significance of the title only at the end and realized how suitable it was to the book’s premise.

Pachinko – a game which is similar to pin ball originated in Japan

On the whole, I am completely moved by this heart-breaking yet phenomenal story of family and their perseverance to carve their identity under the tyrannical oppression without losing hope even in some adverse circumstances.

If you are someone who enjoys reading fiction then add this gem to your reading list, I promise, you will not be disappointed.

Ps: For my Indian readers, you can activate Kindle Unlimited to read many exciting books for an affordable price. Here’s how:

  1. Down Kindle Unlimited app on your phone
  2. Activate the desired plan.
  3. I opted for a monthly plan which cost me 199 rupees (INR)
  4. You’ll get an email of the subscription
  5. Although you’ll not find ALL the books in the library for free, many renowned titles will not be additionally charged if you’ve subscribed to Kindle Unlimited.


Until next time!



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