Tai-Pan (Asian Saga #2)
Maybe my taste is different now but Tai Pan is pretty dissapointing. Lots of cool historical details, but they feel a bit shoe-horned in, and the main character is, well, basically perfect. At least in James Clavel...more
Before joining Goodreads, I had already read ‘Shogun’, so you, my friendly reader, do not have the luxury of a review of that as comparison, bu...more
The current book is about the founding of Hong Kong, after the Opium Wars. It centers on the main character Dirk Struan and his family and company, The Noble House. He is a merchant who owns an armada of trading ships, plying the ro...more
Set in 1840s China (Canton), Macao and most importantly, the brand-new English colony of Hong Kong (which Dirk negotiated away from the Emperor through the oh-so-pliable governor), the story is set around Dirk Stuan, a larger t...more
Tai-Pan carries a lot of potential. It follows up after one of my all time favorites characters and places. It falls short though in that it doesn't take the time that Shogun did to formulate characters and places. In Clavell's first book, the characters all had these deeper personalities and motives that you were still discovering even by the end of the book. In Tai-Pan however, all the characters have their personalities out in the open the moment they are introduced. The same is with...more
James Clavell er dyktig til å lage intriger. Han opererer med et veldig persongalleri, som alle har sine motivasjoner, ønsker, drømmer og mål - og ingen av dem klarer helt å kontrollere situasjonene som oppstår. Dette er etter min mening hans sterkeste punkt som forfatter. Historien endrer...more
I suppose I was hoping for another Shogun or even another King Rat, but instead I had subjected myself to another Gai-Jin. While reading this book I had a recurring vision of Dirk Struan artwork on the cover of some Godawful Harlequin. Basically, it's Dirk S...more
I often said about Shogun that I could barely stand how bad the writing was (th...more
TAI-PAN is epic in scope, a novel whose background is the inception of Hong Kong by the British, circa 1841. Into these turbulent times comes a tail of rival opium smugglers, piracy, betrayal, love, hatred, incest, murder, friendship and natural disasters. Pretty much everything is here, giving this the flavour of a historical saga of old with a distinctly mas...more
Tai Pan is a story about the birth of Hong Kong through the eyes of an English clipper ship captain. In America, we often gloss over the history that was happening dur...more
What a vast, dynamic cast of characters, wonderfully written intertwined intrigue, and excellently written action sequences balanced perfectly with the right amount of lush historical detail and cultural descriptions. It was so engrossing to read. Really a story and adventure you can get lost in.
The book is skillfully written and a page turner. The characters are larger than life. Great fun all around. Cl...more
Stuan is made by J.Clavell "Tai-Pan" - the head of the biggest trade companies from Asia. The novel has political substrat and desc...more
This is not a historical tome. It is a fictionalized account of the first year of the British colony of Hong Kong (1841). The characters are all loosely based on actual people - as are their trading companies. That is what Clavell did in his novels and it's important that one understand that.
Clavell was also an ardent supporter of Free Trade, a...more
My only response to the Entire book is...a single line from the Brilliant play: M.Butterfly
"Why don't you come to the Beijing opera and educate yourself some time?"
Those who knows the play will know exactly...more
Having already read Shogun (and enjoyed it greatly) i was fully prepared for Tai Pan and Clavell's writing style that draws you into the story making you feel apart of the community that he describes so vividly and beautifully. little did i know however that i would enjoy this book so much more than Shogu...more
Whatever you do...more
Good things: The pacing, first of all. This is one book, that, despite being quite long, does not drag on and on.
The characters: although I think they could've used a little more time and development, they're certainly intriguing and I think everyone can find someone they root for here.
Bad things: Main character may seem a bit Gary-Stuish to some people. I personally don't find that to be true, but oth...more
James Clavell. (2007, November 10). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia....more