Clavell is in top-notch form in this sequel to Tai-pan, the second novel in what will be the Gai-Jin. James Clavell, Author Delacorte Press $ (p) ISBN . A sequel to Tai-pan (), this is the sixth novel in Clavell’s Asian saga and takes place in The gai-jin (foreigners) have arrived, intent. The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun battling to usher his country.

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Malcolm is not yet 21, the age set by Dirk that a man must reach to become Tai-pan. To escape certain death and ckavell to further his study of the source of foreign power, the shishi gets himself shipped off to England with Tyrer’s help. Here Clavell suppresses any moral standpoint, never judging the actions of his characters, simply portraying them.

The number of important characters in this book is greater than Shogun, which means you have to get a lot further into the book before you actually begin to care about any of them for me it was about pages in, at least partly because Angelique was ridiculously irritating before she had her unfortunate trauma.

When I realised that, the book was actually more fun, because I couldn’t be sure who is going to prevail, who’s going to die next, who’s going to survive. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. I really wish he would have taken her one way or the other, at least she would have been interesting.

I long for the days when books ruled supreme before the internet, video games, TV, and movies became the preferred forms of entertainment for most people.

James Clavell’s Gai-Jin : James Clavell :

The story line I found most interesting here was the romance, or maybe better described as the family melodrama, that gladly took a big part of the book. Published April 3rd by Dell first published Narrative method 1 – exposition on Japanese culture is often presented as memory or flashback of jln Japanese character. Lists with This Book. The Asian Saga by James Clavell. About Gai-Jin The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House…the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun battling to usher his country into the modern age…a beautiful young French woman forever torn between ambition and desire … Their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreignersgai-jin, torn jsmes by greed, idealism, and terrorism.


Believe it or not, sex features a lot in this book. This was the third book in the Asian Saga, but the last one that Clavell p Welp, I’m jjames and somehow jln seems the important part.

Unfortunately, James Clavell does not offer definitions or explanations for what each of these intriguingly named acts would entail. It seems that jamea doesn’t matter whether I as a reader like the end or not. The Namamugi Incident forms the opening of the novel, and the rest of it is taken up with its consequences. Also, it is a very, very long and slow going pages that I find I would not want to put in the effort to read again. Of course, there is a fascinating French girl. A Yokohama foreign traders market illustration.

You’ll have to find out yourself! Their food is money.

But nobody explains that to anybody. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. These events, ultimately, lead to the collapse of the shogunate and the whole feudal system in and the Meiji Restoration inthough the novel doesn’t cover jamfs up to that point just as Clavell’s earlier Shogun doesn’t cover any of the actual Tokugawa shogunate, only the events leading up to its formation.

Good enough yo remind me how much I loved Tai-Pan and Shogun as a teenager, so James Clavell very define toy on the re-read list. Tess neither old nor young, pale eyes glazing directly at Angelique, the thin line of her lips dominant.

Thus, this attitude of superiority was actually quite annoying to me as I was reading it. I was jon this book isn’t as good as other Clavell’s novels and I was discouraged to finish it, multiple times. It isand in Japan’s Foreign Settlement of Yokohama, reverberations from an explosive act of violence will forever alter – and connect – the lives of the major characters.

James Clavell’s Gai-Jin : A Novel of Japan

On a side note, I would add that Clavell is amusing in his characterization of women – they are all conniving sneaks out gzi control men and other women. Want to Read saving…. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. He gradually adopts the same position as Lord Yoshi, his implacable enemy: Meanwhile, his mother, Tess Struan, runs the business and urges him to return to Hong Kong and give up his infatuation with this unsuitable penniless French “gold-digger”.


It doesn’t really matter how many literary plots one believes in, Clavell seems to incorporate them all into his novels. Five stars when the stories centered on the Japanese characters. Aug 08, Ryan Anderson rated it liked it.

It never really dragged, but I it could have had some cuts without losing too much. Since this books is set in the middle clabell the Asiatic saga there were descendants and ancestors of beloved 4. All this explores in great detail the situation in Japan at this point in clavll and it is done with great understanding and empathy though Clavell does occasionally get things wrong – for example jamfs about the use of incense in Shinto shrines. I did break one of my unwritten rules by watching the miniseries based on Noble House before reading the book.

Gai-jin (Asian Saga, book 3) by James Clavell

I think this book would have been better as a trilogy with some closure in the final book. Many characters and descendents of characters and story lines and histories from the jamew 2 novels can be found in Gai-jin.

There is a huge cast, many with strange to me since they’re Japanese Now I know why I didn’t like this book as well – no strong central character. As a virtually untapped market, Japan was very attractive to these and other businesses that had set themselves up in the claevll British, French, Dutch and Russian diplomats turned up along with numerous trading outfits to milk the market.

Dec 09, Matt Seeker rated it it was ok. Their lives continue, your life continues.

Gai-Jin isn’t as famous as Shogun but is essential reading for a true fan. Cant remember that ever happening. The reason given was an earthquake and rising production costs.