Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 09/01/2020
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Such a Shame
This book is the definition of great potential but badly executed. The beginning gripped me, but I lost interest the further I got in. There were so man... READ MORE
Marcy at Cardiff
My favourite book of the year!
This book is an absolute masterpiece. It tells a long and complex tale of Korean-Japanese cultural tensions, class disparity, shame, and familial struggle.... READ MORE
Natalie S
This book is a masterpiece, everyone should read it!


Yeongdo, Korea 1911. In a small fishing village on the banks of the East Sea, a club-footed, cleft-lipped man marries a fifteen-year-old girl. The couple have one child, their beloved daughter Sunja. When Sunja falls pregnant by a married yakuza, the family face ruin. But then Isak, a Christian minister, offers her a chance of salvation: a new life in Japan as his wife. Following a man she barely knows to a hostile country in which she has no friends, no home, and whose language she cannot speak, Sunja's salvation is just the beginning of her story. Through eight decades and four generations, Pachinko is an epic tale of family, identity, love, death and survival.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781838930509
  • Number of pages: 560
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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This is one of my ABSOLUTE favourite books. It takes you through a story of 5 generations building each character giving them each a different story. Wha... READ MORE
Patricia Spearman
Just beautiful
This book has thought me so many things. I loved the characters, the writing style, the story. Made me want to know more about the history of Korea and Jap... READ MORE
Joana Dias
Heart wrenching, triumphant, and utterly human
An engaging generational drama. It follows a Korean family through WWII, the depression that follows, and all the social and political upheaval right throu... READ MORE
Lisa Hurd
An interesting insight and a well told saga
A really good book but above all else a fascinating context. I had no knowledge or appreciation of Korean and/or Japanese history before I read this book. ... READ MORE
Chloe Harrison
The way this book flows through generations is beautiful, even with the jumps through time it was consistent and interesting. Such a bittersweet story and ... READ MORE
Sarah-Jane Grainger
Had to Google what a Pachinko machine looked like
Such a great book, deserving of its praise. It painted Korea in such a different light and did a great job of telling the untold stories of South Koreans i... READ MORE
holly can read
The suffering was worth it
Had this book on my shelf for ages and was a bit too scared to touch it because of the heaviness involved, but I'm glad I eventually did. The book brillian... READ MORE
A beautiful book
I was upset when I finished reading because I wanted more. I would definitely read this again.
Antonia Mcneill
Such a fantastic book
I absolutely loved this book. It really challenged me, and it was beautifully written. It was recommended to me and now I am recommending it to others! The... READ MORE