Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee: a family’s story enmeshed in a history of war and racism

The word "Pachinko", in Korean, designates a sort of pinball machine or slot machine and it is hardly incidental if Min Jin Lee chose this word for the title of her 2017 novel. Pachinko is a story in which money, or lack of, occupies a central place; it is also a story about choices: characters defying Fate with bold … Continue reading Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee: a family’s story enmeshed in a history of war and racism

Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott: the ambiguous feminism of a classic from my childhood

Little Women, published in 1868, is one of these books which made their way through the decades and continue to fascinate and rejoice us with their grace, their wit and their tenderness. I was a huge fan of Little Women when I was a kid. I read it twelve or thirteen times; I could relate to each of the girl's main feature … Continue reading Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott: the ambiguous feminism of a classic from my childhood