A great story, great characters, great dialogue, history, culture I could go on for ages. Basically, if you are interested in a historical novel, Asia, China, Hong Kong, the sea, action, romance, this book has it all.
An excellent historical novel of the British seizure & colonization of Hong Kong in the early 19th century told through the struggles of 2 rival trading companies and the families aligned with them. An insightful look at both the Chinese & British cultures of the time and how they inform these cultures today.
The second (at least chronologically) in Clavell's Asian saga, where the focus is not on Japan and the Toranaga shogunate, but the birth of Hong Kong and the battle of two rival trading companies. Here again, Clavell's character development and forays into plots and subplots plays out masterfully and again I found myself bound to this book. While in theory, Shogun was the beginning of the saga, Tai Pan pretty much sets the stage for the bulk of the later books and, in my opinion, is required reading before setting off the explore Gai Jin and Noble House.
This is one of my "top five" favorite novels.
Must read historical fiction
Lots of entertainment, action, sex and sin, murder, etc. A real epic.
this book is part of a trilogy. it is a must read trilogy. japanese settings many years ago.
I read this book on my first trip to Hong Kong. If you're interested in Hong Kong, or going there, you must read this!