Author: Celeste Ng
The story is about an almost perfect community, progressive suburbs where everything is planned: where students walk without needing to cross dangerous streets going to school, where the houses were uniformly built and color coded, their garage fill with top of the line vehicles, and where residents were supposed to be successful. And an ideal family of six, a lawyer father, journalist mother, and a list children living in one of these houses. It takes a single mother and her daughter to momentarily interrupt life the entire community.
Because, buried beneath this perfect facade were its secrets waiting to unfold. A reality never coinciding with what it purports to show.
The story started and ended without any complications. There were secrets, yes but it wasn’t staggering. The secrets unfolded like the pages in the book. I was hoping that there was something extraordinary story with Mia. I don’t know what did I want with her, or any special reasons. I think sometimes thats how we are as people. We expect too much from others, yet its us who haven’t lived up to our own expectation.
Fiction. Author: MinJin Lee. 400+pages. 2017
Well reviewed, a best seller, a national book award finalist, it was set in the early 19th century. This is a read deviating from memoirs and nonfiction. Browsing the recommended section books of the library and from time to time, I have to face the fact that fiction reading are interesting at times. Though, partly at the end of the book, I had skipped several pages to see what happened in the end.
Pachinko (パチンコ) is a type of mechanical game originating in Japan and is used as both a form of recreational arcade game and much more frequently as a gambling device, filling a Japanese gambling niche comparable to that of the slot machine in Western gaming (Wikipedia).
The story is about immigrants from Korea to Japan and narrates more of women’s resiliency, strength against extraordinary crisis in life. The kind of character that we hope to be: strong, solid, powerful, determined but not overpowering. Family and friends that are faithful, loyal and extremely charitable. It is the kind of love story that we wish to have, steadfast, everlasting, resolute. Or a lover we had wished we encountered: trustworthy, loyal, dutiful, staunch. Except for the cruelty of the ruling administration and its implementors most of the major characters are good, gentle, kind and generous. Antagonist or protagonist exist not in characters themselves, but the influencing events that make up those characters.