Pachinko – Min Jin Lee


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Pachinko, a popular pinball-esque game in Japan, takes on a much deeper meaning in Min Jin Lee’s novel. It is a metaphor best encapsulated by the quote below. “Every morning, Mozasu and his men tinkered with the [Pachinko] machines to fix the outcomes – there could only be a few winners and a lot of […]

January 21, 2018

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee


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I decided to read To Kill a Mockingbird after finishing The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Since TKAM is considered an American classic that deals with race issues during the Great Depression, I thought it would provide an interesting comparison to the struggles that black people face in the US today. Told from the […]

December 12, 2017

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas


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“Daddy once told me there’s a rage passed down to every black man from his ancestors, born the moment they couldn’t stop the slave masters from hurting their families. Daddy also said there’s nothing more dangerous than when that rage is activated.” ― Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give Inspired by the Black Lives Matter […]

December 8, 2017

The Vegetarian – Han Kang


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While deciding to adopt a vegetarian diet is fairly inconsequential for most of us, save for the odd dietary restrictions reminder come Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, it is the beginning of a series of dreadful events for Yeong-hye, who renounces meat as a result of terrifying nightmares that haunt her. Told from the perspective of […]

December 8, 2017