Top positive review
Excellent complications and affairs
on 28 March 2018
While not the best of Clavell’s novels it is unusual and excellent. The affairs are of the heart and business and the knotty plot about plots and stock market and spies and racing and gangsters and mistresses and China and Brits and Hong Kong and banking crises and poverty and gambling and wealth, and more, sweeps you out to see and up a mountain and into prison depths. But I appreciate the fictional ethnography too. I mean Clavell knows about Asian cultures.
I think some of the romance could have been more tightly edited, which is why it doesn’t quite rank with his best. Read the saga in historical order not as they were written start with Shogun. Read King Rat before this.