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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Excellent book. The omniscient narration and long and wide scope of this book gives a clear, fair and empathetic immersion into the lives of both Koreans and Japanese characters before WWII and after, all the way up to the late 20th Century. The writing itself is luminous, clear, descriptive and beautiful. The author knows when to tell us emotions straightforwardedly and when to bring us, the readers, up to the edge of the chasm with restrained facts, nudge us to look down the drop and imagine. The lives and dilemmas of these characters pulled me in and kept me reading longer hours than I meant to and called to me when awake in the middle of the night. The fictional account is well-grounded is historical fact and in-person research. I recommend it highly for anyone interested in understanding Koreans, their plight as immigrants in Japan and also various facets of Japanese society or just a thoughtful and entertaining read!

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***** Excellent book.

***** Excellent book.