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Book Review: Pachinko


‘‘History has failed us, but no matter.’’ As the opening line for a sprawling multigenerational story it sets the tone. In spite of the myriad challenges the characters face, there is an accepted reality one must plod on. A fictional but realistic tale, the story is told from a Korean-American perspective. Pachinko feels very much a labour of love by Min Jin Lee. Undoubtedly, much in-depth research has gone into telling the story of a poor Korean family through four generations, beginning in Korea, then as immigrants in Japan.

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