I was finally able to finish an excellent novel called Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. The most I can say about this novel is, wow! When I first picked this book up last summer, I didn't know if I would actually like it or not considering its length and the premise it held, but when I picked it up again a week or so ago, it was hard to stop reading! I found it for kindle so I could read whenever I wasn't home, and any chance I had, my eyes were glued to it. The novel tells the story of one Korean family through four generations beginning in the 1930s until about 1989. It speaks highly of the discrimination in Japan for the Koreans that fled there during the war and talks about the separation of North Korea from the South. The history involved in this novel is truly in depth, and I learned so much that I did not know because these things are often not taught in American schools.
Through the four generations, we see this family go through hardship, worry, war, success and grief, and by the end, my first words were actually, "Is that the end???" Lee develops the characters in such a way that the reader learns to love them and like Sunja, where our main storyline first begins to develop, want the best for the family. There are other themes brought up in this book such as the one "A woman's life is to suffer," which the women firmly believe. But there is even a catchier line at the beginning which says, "History has failed us, but no matter," and this line really depicts the entire book.
Shiloh Adlar, Sixth Year, Prefect, RQT Co-Captain"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." -Voltaire