Book Reviews of Tai-Pan

Author: James Clavell
ISBN-13: 9780440184621
ISBN-10: 0440184622
Publication Date: 9/1/1986
Pages: 736
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 82 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
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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.
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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.
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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.
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This is one of my "top five" favorite novels.
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A great classic!
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this book is part of a trilogy. it is a must read trilogy. japanese settings many years ago.
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Must read historical fiction
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Lots of entertainment, action, sex and sin, murder, etc. A real epic.
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Very good read
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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!