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VINE VOICEon 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.
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on 28 October 2017
I have read this book numerous times over the years. Like Shogan and Tai Pan it is a saga but set in Hong Kong and covers an epic week in the turbulent world of this part of Asia. It is a combination of ruthless business, spies, love, hate, revenge and how the the world interacts with the Chinese and how they think, behave and act with all ‘foreigners devils’ eh!....it carries on themes from the previous books including King Rat. Read it you will not be disappointed.
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on 12 April 2016
Strap yourself in for an epic experience as James Clavel takes you on a roller coaster ride over 10 days in Hong Kong in 1963. It's a long book but it rattles along at great speed. Fantastic characters, superb interleaving storylines and wonderful description create a thrilling story of intrigue and drama as the Taipan fights to protect The Noble House against his nemesis. Every bit as good as Shogun and Taipan and the later Whirlwind.
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on 12 June 2018
The downward trajectory in quality from Shogun is continued here but I still enjoyed it, despite the world view being painfully dated now. I wouldn't attempt it without reading the forerunners though.
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on 6 April 2018
Brilliant, read it years ago and it didn't disappoint.
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on 16 September 2017
A great read excellent characterisations
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on 28 September 2014
What an astonishing writer James Clavell was. Noble House is an incredible achievement. He writes with such fascinating detail and slowly builds the tension between characters that come vividly alive. Also he has a beautiful eye for humour. The novel is huge! But if you get into it you may never want to leave Hong Kong in the 1960's.
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on 28 March 2018
This book is incredibly rich in texture, from the carefully drawn characters to the nuance applied to the cultural context. And yet, it grips you like a Grisham. I didn’t expect a 1,200 page volume to be quite so un-putdownable.
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on 10 April 2016
An epic story and for me at least the best in the series with a huge cast of characters and multiple, interlocking plot lines. Awesome.
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on 1 June 2016
Powerful story of the success and power struggle in business Hong Kong style. Very enjoyable read with insight to poor and rich people habits and desires.
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