Sep 092019
 

Every Tuesday I host First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros sharing the first paragraph or two of a book that I’m reading or plan to read soon

Feel free to join in by posting your own FCFPTI and linking below

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Book 1
Gohyang/Hometown

1
Yeongdo, Busan, Korea

History has failed us, but no matter.
At the turn of the century, an aging fisherman and his wife decided to take in lodgers for extra money. Both were born and raised in the fishing village of Yeongdo – a five mile wide islet beside the port city of Busan. In their long marriage, the wife gave birth to three sons, but only Hoonie, the eldest and the weakest one, survived. Hoonie was born with a cleft palate and a twisted foot; he was, however, endowed with hefty shoulders, a squat build, and a golden complexion. Even as a young man, he retained the mild, thoughtful temperament he’d had as a child. When Hoonie covered his misshapen mouth with his hands, something he did out of habit meeting strangers, he resembled his nice-looking father, both having the same large, smiling eyes. Inky eyebrows graced his broad forehead, perpetually tanned from outdoor work. Like his parents, Hoonie was not a nimble talker, and some made the mistake of thinking that because he could not speak quickly there was something wrong with his mind, but that was not true.

  20 Responses to “First Paragraph Tuesday Intros:
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee”

  1. Now I am curious. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I’ve heard of this book. Thank you for the intro.

  3. This book has been on my radar screen. Hope you enjoy it.

  4. I liked the audio of this an awful lot. enjoy

  5. My afternoon book group discussed Pachinko last fall, but I was out of town. I still want to read it at some point.

  6. I don’t think I’ve read any books set in Korea and as I’m trying to read books outside of my normal locations, I think I’ll put this one on my list.

  7. I loved this book. It will undoubtedly be on my list of best stories of the year.

  8. Vicki,
    This is very interesting. I hope to read or listen to this one. Thank you for sharing this snippet.

  9. I’m a bit late, but adding mine to the mix now! 🙂

    https://alternative-read.com/2019/09/10/interview-with-author-jack-carr-retired-navy-seal-with-20-years-of-service/

    Yours sounds like a fabulous read. I’m going to look it up. Thanks for sharing!

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