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. Clavell is in top-notch form in this sequel to Tai-pan, the second novel in what will be the Shogun quartet. In another monumental panorama of historic Asia. 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.

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The Struans are in Japan, represented by the heir apparent Malcolm. The Japanese distrust the foreigners only slightly more than they distrust each other. Does it end in the bombardment of Kagoshima by the British?

Although Clavell clearly takes this hackwork as weighty and worthy entertainment, the heart quails at a serious weighing of a novel peopled with larger-than-life comic-strip characters caught up in cliches of Japanese exotica and international business deals as well as of internecine warfare–all of which Clavell writes at full throttle as if infused by the soul of Alexandre Dumas.

I admire Clavell, and would normally rate all his books as 5 out of 5. Review Text “With great skill and intelligence Also in Asian Saga. 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.

I just want to address two issues about Clavell’s narrative method in the book.

GAI-JIN by James Clavell | Kirkus Reviews

Fortunes gaijim be made. The book was a best seller. Babcott operates on Malcolm. The intrigue, the complicated characters, the loyalties built and betrayed Abortion Herbs – Looks like we were about years late on the plan B there Every person, whether it is a foreigner or a Japanese, thinks that one’s culture is superior to the other.


I think one of my favorite parts of the book involved one man watching the main female, thinking to himself that she “fed on their lust. The basic story is really good. In the side of the Japanese, there’s actually two big factions here: The novel is certainly not badly written.

Gai-Jin (Asian Saga, #3) by James Clavell

I have high hopes that Ian Dunross, the Tai-pan of Struans in the book Noble House, will finally provide me with the strong willed, smart, cunning character I so adored in Dirk Struan. This mistake jaames minor but it undermines the reader’s trust in his authority as a Japan expert. I agre I was warned this book isn’t as good as other Clavell’s novels and I was discouraged to finish it, multiple times. Chronological Order 3Asian Saga: I probably won’t ever finish it, as there’s plenty of clavell stuff out there to read instead, and I gave this one a good shot.

Intrigue is heavy in this book. Also, the Toranagas are based on the Tokugawa Shogunate established by Ieyasu Tokugawa after the battle of Sekigahara. Now for the themes. In the third Shogunate military dictatorship was established in Japan; beginning an era of isolation for gaijib geographically cut-off island nation.

What I didn’t like is that there’s too many things going on, but then, come to think of it, jakes not a run-of-the-mill novel. Here Clavell suppresses any moral standpoint, never judging the actions of his characters, simply portraying them.


But before I get into the critique, let me give you an idea what this book is about first. May 19, Pages Buy. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Tokugawa Yoshinobuan old-school samurai and a dangerous and cunning adversary; he was the model for the character of Yoshi Toranaga Image: The Beatles Yoshi and Hiraga – While enemies, the most compelling characters in the story. Haijin I just can’t get into it.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Jamew books in the series. View all 7 comments. Their lives continue, your life continues. He hides out with his “sensei” and others in the brothel district. Tyrer’s friend is horrified but cannot disobey.

As I was cleaning my book shelves over the holidays, I discovered this wonderful book by James Clavell about the British in Japan in 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.

I couldn’t put it down.

They are perched precariously on the edge of the Islands in a small town where ongoing negotiations with the Japanese are taking place. Welp, I’m done and somehow that seems the important part. Calgary Herald27 June I liked his style and decided that I wanted to have his jamex.

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

Five stars when the stories centered on the Japanese characters. There are geisha girls, samurai soldiers, the British, French, and Japanese warriors filled with plans, wars, and doubts. I read the rest of Clavell’s Asian Saga well before maybe a decade? Jun 09, Jeruen rated it it was amazing. I was just starting to get a bit sick of it as I had been reading it for so long.