Pachinko

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee 4.5 stars

This follows a family through a few generations. They are from Korea. They are poor and end up in Japan for more opportunities. The Japanese look down on them. I've never thought about the prejudices between different East Asian countries. Even Koreans born in Japan for a couple of generations are still considered not to be citizens. They have to have permit cards. And they have no Korea to go back to either, especially the ones who came from North Korea. Japan took over Korea during the war. After Japan was defeated, no one was in power in Korea so in the north a dictator took over. I never knew how it came about before reading this book. Anyways, the history in the book was really interesting to me. I became totally wrapped up the lives of the characters also. I rooted for their success. I felt their loses. This book leaves a lingering effect.