An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

Pachinko

Pachinko - Min Jin Lee

I've been waiting four years for this book and it didn't disappoint. I think I enjoyed Free Food for Millionaires more, but in Pachinko I liked every character... well, maybe I didn't like all of them, but I wanted to know their stories. At the end of Free Food for Millionaires I wasn't that into one of the story lines that just seemed to drag on and on.

 

It's a long book, but it's very easy to read. I read almost the entire thing at work in small pieces and had no trouble following the story.

 

My one complaint with the book is the use of the word hapa. It's not totally clear, but I'm pretty sure it was referring to a half-Asian character... not a Hawaiian character. For more on the appropriation of hapa by Asians read this blog post.

 

Other than that I really enjoyed Pachinko. Which is a relief because it will probably be another decade before Lee publishes another book. I guess I can always reread Free Food for Millionaires in the meantime.