Review: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

20 Books of Summer 2018: Book 1
New strategy for 2018: Start with the long books.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is an ambitious book that follows four generations of Korean immigrants in Japan. The characters are engineered so that a reader can’t help rooting for them even though the book’s pace and structure keep the reader at a distance. Every few chapters, the narration shifts to follow a different character and the narrator’s voice remains coolly removed throughout. However, with the frequency of time jumps and so many characters to analyze, everyone is left a little thin—except Sunja, the only character given a key role in each generation. read more