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. Gai-Jin (Asian Saga) [James Clavell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble . Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The second volume in Clavell’s Shogun quartet was a week PW bestseller. Copyright Reed Business.

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Since this books is set in the middle of the Asiatic saga there were descendants and ancestors of beloved or deliciously hated characters from the other books of the saga, and it added to the fun of reading, knowing what c,avell come out of them or how they’ll be remembered, one of them the legendary gak-jin Struan” remembered as a mythical character from “Noble House”, here still Tess Struan, relatively young, but already looming and feared, very much present though from far away Hong Kong.


If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Both were huge mammoth books, and the third installment is nothing different. By the nineteenth century however, the samurai were in deep financial trouble; they were purely consumers without any productive function in society. I read the rest of Clavell’s Asian Saga well before maybe a decade? Will I have the same hard cast to my features that shout an unloving marriage and crushing family burdens — hating her father and brothers, them hating her, both sides trying to ruin each other — that began in her case so romantically, eloping and married at sea.

He needs Gai-jin weapons, and he needs them before his enemies can obtain them for themselves.

I couldn’t put it down. I remember I bought it in hard cover as soon as it came out – I had waited over 10 yrs for the sequil. In NBC, who had a huge success gsi-jin a TV version of Shogunannounced they would broadcast an eight hour mini series based on the book for the season. Maybe this was exactly the message Clavell wanted to pass to the world in his last large novel he created before he passed away, maybe I’m completely imagining things.


Feb 23, Richard Beasley rated it liked it. Enter the ISBN to find the book. Clavell says he was “surprised” that the protagonist of the novel turned out to be Malcolm Struan’s wife Angelique instead of Malcolm. Jun 25, Webster Fortyone rated it really liked it Shelves: James Clavell announced in he wanted to write a novel called Nippon which dealt with descendants of the characters from Shogun in the era of Petty.

The intrigue developing between the Japanese and the constant friction between two diametrically opposed cultures kept the pages turning. I cant think of a better solution. It has ckavell all: Aug 14, Austin Briggs rated it liked it.

Lists with This Book. Jan 20, Matt Crumpton rated it it was ok Shelves: The writing style though is solid, and is clearly well-researched, gai-jun definite plus for this book. Mar 03, Blake Charlton rated it liked it. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. Tyrer discovers his “friend” is a dangerous assassin wanted by Lord Yoshi and must be handed over as part of a deal, but the shishi disappears.

Also, it is a very, very long and slow going pages that I find I would not want to put in the effort to read again. After pages little more happens than Canterbury is assassinated on the Tokaido and the British are demanding retribution from the shogunate, who claim that it is a matter for Satsuma rather than them.

If you answer differently These women, well versed in every conceivable variation of sex, never get a chance to show the skills they have been taught or to have the opportunity to introduce the men to Baiting the Hen, Cherry Blossom Time, Near and Far, Over the Dragon, Springtime Planting, or Stealing the Honey. Read it Forward Read it first. When I realised that, the book was actually more fun, because I couldn’t be sure who is going to prevail, who’s going to die next, who’s going to survive.

He gradually adopts the same position as Lord Yoshi, his implacable enemy: I didn’t know how this was going to end until I got there.


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The most interesting character of the story gai-jih the alpha male – Yoshi Toranaga who is the protector vlavell the shogunate and a direct descendant of the first shogun. Angelique Richaurd – The female lead in this story and she makes no sense to me. Does it end in the bombardment of Kagoshima by the British? Two of my little cousins have died. Oct 12, Frank Pinelander rated it really liked it. Walk Like a Dragon film, As I was cleaning my book shelves over the holidays, I discovered this wonderful book by James Clavell about the British clavell Japan in It is a saga, so there should be too many things going on.

I found myself looking forward to being finished.

In the first chapter, however, he’s attacked by samurai assassins on the Tokaido road and lies either bedridden or hobbles about for the rest of the novel. I believe anyone who enjoyed the other books in the saga will enjoy this one too. Despite that there is no question James Clavell is an I am only giving this book 3 stars as it was just a really heavy read for me.

It took me 15 months to finish this book, but I don’t regret it.

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Then I could take as long as I wanted, not be limited to a maximum of 6 weeks or so Also by James Clavell. Because I read clavelll over a longer than normal period of time, it was nice to be able to easily refresh my memory by taking a peek at the list.

Gai-Jin, much more than Shogun, is a novel with an ensemble cast. All this explores in great detail the situation in Japan at this point in history and it is done with great understanding and empathy though Clavell does occasionally get things wrong – for example talking about the vai-jin of incense in Shinto shrines.