Noble House

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Asian Saga #5

James Clavell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

I am finished!
So many threads that had nothing to do with the Struans, merely impinged upon them.

Politics, business, personal life, blah blah blah.

I did enjoy reading this, but it was so “much”, so big that I felt swamped. I couldn’t recommend this unless the person liked the previous books tremendously.

I don’t know if I’ll end up reading Whirlwind or not.

King Rat

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Asian Saga #4

James Clavell

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

The story about a military POW camp during WWII.

Centers around one man who makes it successfully through the camp and then collapses when they are freed due to his having made the camp his world. He can’t deal with starting from scratch again and climbing up again out in the real world.

Not as enjoyable as Shōgun however…

Tai-Pan

TAI-PAN
Asian Saga #2
James Clavell
Epub-655 pages
4 Stars
Historical fiction

Wow. I really enjoyed Shogun, but this was on another level of greatness. Follows one English trader who is trying to get into the chinese market and is lobbying for Hong Kong. Tons of drama and excitement. Political and cultural adventures. Family and Foes. The main character’s strength of will dragged you the reader along with him. I felt excited when he was excited, sad when he was sad, etc, etc. Definitely a favorite now.

I enjoyed this more than Shogun, mainly because the tension was ratcheted up by the quarrel between the Struans and the Brocks.

SHOGUN

SHOGUN
Asian Saga #1
James Clavell
Historical fiction
4 Stars
dtb, 803 pags

a dutch sailing crew with an english pilot are shipwrecked in Japan. Follows the pilot as he goes from captive to honored samurai. Around the time of Elizabeth I. Politics within Japan itself, Catholicism and Protestantism, and just plain human beings being human beings.

I enjoyed this but considering it is fiction, have to wonder how accurate the portrayal of Japanese culture is.