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 foreigners, gai jin, torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism Their passThe 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 foreigners, gai jin, torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans and spies Their fates collide in James Clavell s latest masterpiece set in nineteenth century Japan an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.
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
So easy to be swallowed up, by the weather and gardens, kind skies and tender rain, best music, poetry, exotic foods, abundant silks and clothes makers, exquisite carp and singing birds, the alabaster skinned beauties of the court, and of Kyoto s Floating World,without a care in the world except to seek the next pleasure After conquering China, the traders of Europe are now focused on opening up trade relations with Japan They are perched precariously on the edge of the Islands in a small town w [...]
Now I know why I didn t like this book as well no strong central character There are a lot of great characters the writing is everything I ve come to expect from Clavell, but every other book of his is fairly upbeat sort of with a great heroic, central figure Here there isn t one I don t know who to pin my hopes on In this typically complex set of circumstance motivation, it s hard to pick out the good guy There is a huge cast, many with strange to me since they re Japanese I m not names that th [...]
I loved Clavell s SHOGUN, and while GAI JIN takes great efforts to paint on the verge of Meiji Japan in great depth, this book is hardly SHOGUN I m on page 450 right now and feel as if everything so far could have been told in 150 pagesd I m starting to wonder if I ll be able to get through the remaining 350 SHOGUN always opened new doors, always presented new sides to the characters and the politicsGAI JIN just keeps treading and re treading and re re treading old ground I m so much of a Japano [...]
An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review Gai Jin by James Clavell on Blogcritics.This is the third book of James Clavell s Asian Saga Two years ago, I read the first book, Shogun, and a year ago, I read the second, Tai Pan Both were huge mammoth books, and the third installment is nothing different.I suppose there are times in which I sort of disliked this book, but then later I realized that I only disliked it because I was expecting something else But before I get i [...]
This book is my least favorite in Clavell s Asian saga First this is kind of a semi sequel to both Shogun and Tai pan Many characters and descendents of characters and story lines and histories from the previous 2 novels can be found in Gai jin The novel is set in Hong Kong and Japan The basic story is really good The telling of the struggle between Japan and the Gai jin foreigners , and the internal struggle between The Japanese shogunate this ruling clan that gained supreme power in the novel [...]
Repetitive and unoriginal, especially when considered as part of the Asian Saga Don t read this if you have any basic understanding of Japanese history, have read any of Clavell s other books, or if you care about grammatical accuracy and vaguely unique characterization and dialogue.So what made me consume 1000 pages of this stuff Hmm Well, it was promising in the beginning, I suppose The subject itself the decline of the shogunate and the foreign invasion of Japan is interesting, and I d like t [...]
I admire Clavell, and would normally rate all his books as 5 out of 5 The intrigue, the complicated characters, the loyalties built and betrayed I love that However, I couldn t finish Gai Jin despite starting to read it three times over the last 10 years I just can t make it past a certain event mid book can t disclose a spoiler.I don t know what happened here Maybe it s me, maybe it s just that the book is heavier than the usual, brilliant James Clavell But I just can t get into it Overall, it [...]
The Asian Saga the struggle for Japan s destiny.
I was warned this book isn t as good as other Clavell s novels and I was discouraged to finish it, multiple times It took me 15 months to finish this book, but I don t regret it.I ve seen reviewers to point out the book is too lengthy or that it lacks a main, central hero in the story and that s why it s not as good as the other Asian Saga stories I have to admit the book definitely is way too long for what it contains, but I absolutely reject the idea that there is no central character.I agree [...]
4.5 starsAnother wonderful, long, rich, full and fascinating historical novel by Clavell loosely based on historical events Again complex and interesting characters, and a combination of politics, business, intrigues and personal stories 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 Since this books is set in the middle of the Asiatic saga there were descendants and ancestors of beloved or [...]
Aside a few mistakes contradictions with earlier novels, such as the mention of May May being Gordon Chen s mother when in Tai Pan, she was not, among other things , this was a decent read.Like Tai Pan, this plodded in some places, particularly through the later half of the book, but Clavell was rather ill and died shortly after finishing this In my opinion, Shogun remains the best of the lot.Like Tai Pan, the ending disappointed me The reason I loved Shogon so much was because Blackthorne was c [...]
As I was cleaning my book shelves over the holidays, I discovered this wonderful book by James Clavell about the British in Japan in 1862 It is a suspenseful book with a stress that learning the language of the culture is a must There are geisha girls, samurai soldiers, the British, French, and Japanese warriors filled with plans, wars, and doubts Of course, there is a fascinating French girl I couldn t put it down.I had read most of the Noble House series, but had overlooked this one I guess I [...]
Welp, I m done and somehow that seems the important part My foray into pop lit has officially hit a wall This book did have some redeeming qualities There a lot of moving plot machinations and torn character motivations, but the moments of badassery were separated by too many pages of stupid shit that you really don t give a flying fart about It is also the first Clavell book I read without an western archetypal hero This was the third book in the Asian Saga, but the last one that Clavell penned [...]
It is almost impossible to summarise a James Clavell novel in a book review They are invariably a thosand pages of narrative that spans a short period of time, packed with an ensemble cast of larger than life characters from another time, in a faraway exotic land all of whom are battling, loving, hating, spying on, killing, plotting against and sleeping with each other Gai Jin isn t as famous as Shogun but is essential reading for a true fan It is tragic in many ways as it traces the difficultie [...]
Not as good as Shogun, but similar in many ways lots of characters, lots of intrigue and culture clashes and translation issues However, where Shogun had one main character this one had a bunch 10 so it was less compelling I found myself looking forward to being finished Still, I am incredibly impressed with the author for keeping track of so many convoluted plots and schemes between all the characters Also, I listened to this as an audiobook and the reader who I recognized from other audiobooks [...]
Utter crap of the worst sort, like Bear and Dragon, chosen for its length alone Full of the most facile stereotypes and misguided ideas of chivalry Not even a decent bodice ripper Completely unredeemable.
Five stars when the stories centered on the Japanese characters One star when the stories centered on the European characters Totally not at the same level as Tai Pan.
Gai Jin meaning outside person , or foreigner in Japanese is based on an actual 1862 event, known as the Namamugi Incident, in which a British national was killed, and two others wounded, by samurai on the Tokaido highway near Kanagawa for not showing the proper respect for passing Satsuma daimyo Satsuma is a province in the south of Japan, and daimyos were local heads of government in Japan s then feudal system In retribution the British navy bombarded the Satsuma capital of Kagoshima These sho [...]
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Like the other books of James Clavell, I borrowed this one from the library years ago I liked his style and decided that I wanted to have his books Then I could take as long as I wanted, not be limited to a maximum of 6 weeks or so Now that I own it, I will read this one again, don t know when, but definitely will.Review despite it is a good book, I liked it less than I liked shogun For some reason it grabbed me less The stories told were good, the characters enjoyable, even though some were goo [...]
I M FREE Okay, that s a bit harsh I was just starting to get a bit sick of it as I had been reading it for so long.As usual with Clavell s Asian Saga, the book is meticulously researched and intricately plotted, so it almost feels like you re actually there However, again as usual, the plot itself is a slice of life or sample stretch of events so there is no real resolution The number of important characters in this book is greater than Shogun, which means you have to get a lot further into the [...]
1578 pages And Clavell can keep the tension and suspense up for most of it But as an epic, it s going to be a while before the things certain characters want to do get done, gotta wait til the end for that The story is told minutely, step by step A good amount of interesting facts about 19th century Japan, as usual with Clavell.If you ve got the time and interest, read this If you don t care about the topic, you ll maybe be bored, especially during the administrative talk, facts and forms to fil [...]
I am only giving this book 3 stars as it was just a really heavy read for me I was almost halfway through before i began to really enjoy it and the book is over 1200 pages Historical fictional asian saga set in the 1800s when trade was begun with Japan There were just so many characters in the novel and different factions within Japan fighting for power that I had a hard time following it and the main character was just not strong enough Despite that there is no question James Clavell is an amaz [...]
This is typical Clavell intricately woven with very deep character development and many surprises It doesn t really matter how many literary plots one believes in, Clavell seems to incorporate them all into his novels.The only thing I am critical about, is that this book in the saga does not fill in the storyline to any significant degree between Tai pan and Noble House, something I was looking forward to.
Picked this up in 2nd handbook shop before Christmas Had forgotten how absorbing Clavell is.It actually got a bit tedious and I found the development of one of the Japanese samurai warriors who ends up spying infiltrating the Western end The best characters are either not in it enough Toranaga or only referred to and never seen directly hag Struan 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
This follows Dirk s hero of Tai Pan son Cullum his wife I didn t like it nearly as well as any of his other books If you like the series Shogun, Tai Pan then read this once as the background helps a lot for Nobel House Shogun references are also in here Clavell does a good job of tying his novels together.
Excellent sequil to Noble House Another thick book that kept my attention and interest It picks up where Noble House left off and covers the same families and rivalries.Excellent I remember I bought it in hard cover as soon as it came out I had waited over 10 yrs for the sequil.
Fills in a little of the big time void between Taipan and King Rat Not as good as either, but still follows the characters Kind of wraps up Taipan after the death of Dirk Struan by following his son to Japan for adventure and cutthroat mercantilism.
Great book Outstanding characters and intrigue, a glimse of life in the first British settlement in Japan Builds on the other two books, with the same characters and history Perhaps not as exciting, but a great read none the less.
ch2, put on hold