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Tai-Pan (Asian saga) [Paperback]

James Clavell
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Book Description

1 July 1999 Asian saga
Set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the 1840s, Tai-Pan is the story of Dirk Struan, the ruler - the Tai-Pan - of the most powerful trading company in the Far East. He is also a pirate, an opium smuggler, and a master manipulator of men. This is the story of his fight to establish himself and his dynasty as the undisputed masters of the Orient.

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (1 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340750693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340750698
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 12.9 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Packed with action . . . gaudy and flamboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder . . . grand entertainment (New York Times)

Intensely readable and exciting (Sunday Telegraph)

James Clavell is a teller of stories. They are complicated and exciting, and you are desperate to know what will happen to his characters because they are like the people you know from your own life and experience, set in strange and sometimes terrible circumstances (John Simpson)

Intensely readable and exciting (Sunday Telegraph)

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The bestselling classic set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong repackaged for a new generation of readers.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good, I've bought the series 2 Jun 2003
I first read Shogun because of an interest in all things Japanese. Having liked Clavell's writing style so much, I decided to read more of his books. I wasn't disappointed. Tai-Pan is even better than Shogun. The characterisation is excellent and makes you love a character who is essentially a bit of a pirate. Now hooked on the fortunes of the Struan Company, I have to read the complete set.
Death and damnation to Tyler Brock and all his descendants!!!
Long live the Noble House.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Even better than Shogun! 11 May 2003
Initially when I picked up this book I expected to be slightly disappointed as I believed there was no way it could measure up to the awesome Shogun by the same author. How wrong I was! If anything this is even better and is a more rounded story featuring an ending, something which Clavell in Shogun seemed to forget to write.
Dirk Struan is a neatly nuanced hero and the wily Brock along with his betsial son Gorth make compelling brutish enemies. Tai-Pan is the kind of historical novel which does not deserve the scorn that is often poured on the genre. Quite simply, adventure storytelling at its best.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing! 7 Dec 2002
Tai-Pan tells the true story of the largest trading company in Asia, and how he succeceded in making Hong Kong British.
The story itself cannot be summarised, I have never read a book with so much attention to detail. Dozens of subplots, Deadly Intrique,Manipulation,Sex,Politics,War,rivalries. Just an all round Epic which evryone must read!
Clavell creates rich characters which you will remember for many a year, Straun,Orlov and Quance stand out. He mixes Drama with Action, Action with Humor,etc and sub-plots which seem impossibly entwined.
You will be transported to a different world, one you will not want to leave.
One of the greatest books I have ever read, everyone should read at least once a year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Storytelling. 26 Oct 2002
What a story! The sheer scope and richness of this tale kept me spellbound from cover to cover, dazzled by each fascinating detail and caught up in the sheer excitement and layer upon layer of intrigue. The monumental struggle between the coarse and vicious Brock and his mortal enemy, the mighty Tai-Pan Struan is almost archetypal in its impact and set against the brilliantly complete Chinese cultural backdrop this is a tale without a single flaw. At turns funny, sad and exhilirating, this is a novel that should be read by everyone, for it encompasses the best of life and I feel much the richer for it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A demanding but rewarding read. 31 Mar 2009
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As a fan of the Conn Iggulden novels I was recommended by the author's website to read Tai-Pan. I had never read a James Clavell novel before and I have to say that I found the story quite hard to get into at first. There seemed to be a large cast of characters with various motivations and rivalries but after a while you get used to them and their place in the story. I persevered though and really began to get into the story as it progressed. I found the historical context fascinating and loved the insight into the oriental attitudes through characters like May-May. As the remaining unread pages dwindled I felt that there was so much still left to tell. You reach the end of the novel and realise that the characters lives will carry on without you. Happily, I know that I can catch up with the Noble House once again in Gai-Jin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye real world. 5 Sep 2006
James Clavell creates the most complex mass of characters and story lines I have ever come across. The real art is in weaving it together seamlessly, so as to make an easy read. The story soon pulls you deep in and Clavells` descriptive writing builds beautiful landscapes and scenes. Expect a twisting, turning and desceptive ride, cruising to a terriffic climax. If you enjoy this book, try "Shogun" and say goodbye to the real world......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well..... 6 Jun 2006
By Neil
I was recommended this book by a friend of mine and started to read it with trepidation. (Long book and I was unsure whether I would be that interested in the era/genre).

However...by about page 50 or so, I was grabbed by the throat and dragged into a story line so compelling that I literally could not put the book down. I would challenge anyone with an ounce of imagination not to love this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 27 Aug 2013
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I first read this book 20 years ago and had forgotten what a brilliant read it is, gone back to reread all clavell`s novels again
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful read
Re-reading this book after 45 years and it still is a page-turner, while giving an insightful history of how Hong Kong was developed with its wonderful harbour for trade and for... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Healy reader
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem of a book from a master story teller
The history, the time, the setting, the characters, the story - all intermingle to create a wonderful and enthralling read. Another classic from James Clavell.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Mark Newitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Tai Pan
Excellent read, could not put it down. Now looking forward to reading the completing the set.. Already half way thru Gai Jin..
Published 2 months ago by BobO
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as good as Shogun
One thing I both liked and hated about Tai-pan is that there are countless "plot red herrings" or "potential tangents/subplots" where you think "ok, so in a couple of chapters time... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mameha
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
James Clavell is a great writer and you feel like you are in the pages with him. Having just come back from HK it was a wonderful read.
Published 3 months ago by Carolyn Richards
5.0 out of 5 stars taipan
excellant by excellant author who does loads of research absolutley love james clavell ,delivery by amazon once again was superb
Published 4 months ago by Dave Hipkiss
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I read Shogun years ago. So glad I decided to revisit the series. It's (nearly) as good as Shogun... brilliant ending.
Published 4 months ago by Andrew
4.0 out of 5 stars Tai-Pan
A great second novel. Compulsive reading; a book that you don't want to put down. recommended reading for those who like an involved story.
Published 6 months ago by cfv
5.0 out of 5 stars a great read
JAMES CLAVELL writes the kind of books you can enjoy reading over again.
the characters and stories are so gripping you feel you are part of the action
Published 6 months ago by terry s
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic readif you like asian history then you will love this
read this book several years ago and loved it,
this time it was as good if not better, if you enjoy Asian history then you will enjoy this ! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jccross
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