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Min Jin Lee

Autor(a) de Pachinko

11+ Works 7,956 Membros 343 Reviews 2 Favorited

About the Author

Min Jin Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the "Top 10 Novels of the Year" for The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Nast Traveler, The Times (London), Vogue, mostrar mais Travel+Leisure, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, and Food & Wine. Her essays and literary criticism have been anthologized widely. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea. She lives in New York with her family. mostrar menos
Image credit: Min Jin Lee at the 2018 U.S. National Book Festival By Fuzheado - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=72309976

Obras de Min Jin Lee

Pachinko (2017) 6,607 cópias
Free Food for Millionaires (2007) 1,236 cópias
The Best American Short Stories 2023 (2023) — Editor — 52 cópias
The Best Girls (2019) 48 cópias
American Hagwon 2 cópias
Free Food for Millioners 1 exemplar(es)
La Famille Han 1 exemplar(es)
Povestea lui Casey Han 1 exemplar(es)

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I came into this having gotten tons of hype from friends, which can be a double-edged sword, but it delivered for me. Multi-generational family stories often appeal to me, and this one taught me quite a lot that I hadn’t known about the relationship between Korea and Japan while telling a powerful story. I really loved it!
ghneumann | outras 284 resenhas | Jun 14, 2024 |
Sweeping multigenerational family saga about a Korean family's experience in Japan. This is not a part of history I know much about - and this story made me interested in learning more. The book follows one family, and the story jumps forward a few years for each new chapter. Felt like a series of related vignettes, but I was very engaged with the story and the characters. I really liked this one.
DocHobbs | outras 284 resenhas | May 27, 2024 |
The winter following Japan's invasion of Manchuria was a difficult one. Biting winds sheared through the small boarding house, and the women stuffed cotton in between the fabric layers of their garments. This thing called the Depression was found everywhere in the world, the lodgers said frequently during meals, repeating what they'd overheard from the men at the market who could read newspapers. Poor Americans were as hungry as the poor Russians and the poor Chinese. In the name of the Emperor, even ordinary Japanese went without. No doubt, the canny and the hardy survived that winter, but the shameful reports of children going to bed and not waking up, girls selling their innocence for a bowl of wheat noodles, and the elderly stealing away quietly to die so the young could eat were far too plentiful.… (mais)
taurus27 | outras 284 resenhas | May 24, 2024 |
Pachinko is a multigenerational historical fiction
set in Korea and Japan spanning the years of 1910-1989, written by award-winning Korean author Min Jin Lee. The story begins in Yeongdo, Busan, in what is now South Korea in 1910, with Sunja Kim the daughter of crippled Hoonie and his wife Yangjin who work hard to run a guest house. When Sunja falls pregnant to a powerful businessman and discovers he is already married, her life seems doomed. One of the guests, Christian minister Pastor Isak, steps in and offers to marry Sunja and take her to Osaka where he is to be posted. The story follows the lives of Isak and Sunja, and his brother Joseph and wife Kyunghee in Japan where they experience the prejudice and hardships faced by the Koreans under Japanese rule (1910-1945). Isak and Sunja go on to have two sons, the studious Noa and easy-going Mosazu who works his way up to wealth by establishing a series of Pachinko parlours. Pachinko is an arcade type game with pins and steel balls, a popular form of legal gambling in Japan.

Pachinko is an epic saga following four generations of the family's fortunes and misfortunes. It is an engrossing tale, simply written but revealing and descriptive. My only complaint is it could have been significantly shorter as my attention drifted terribly in the final quarter.
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mimbza | outras 284 resenhas | Apr 23, 2024 |



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