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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Paperbackpages. The book was a best seller.

It didn’t happen, but in retrospect it is amazing that it didn’t, and that Japan resisted Western aggression, was never colonised, and built up an army powerful enough to defeat one Western power Russia, and then go on to give America and Britain a run xlavell their money in WW2 and then to become the second largest economy in the world. This book dlavell a mean punch. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This book did have some redeeming qualities. Not as good as either, but still follows the characters.

I was just starting to get a bit sick of it as I had been reading it for so long.

Allies and enemies, it took me quite a while to figure out what the lotalties were, only to find that things were different from what I thought. If you answer differently This thwarted everybody’s expectations, so it isn’t it right that the book thwarts the reader’s expectations and simply diffuses at the end?

Dirk, though long dead, is a constant gai-jim in the lives of the family. Jul 24, Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it Shelves: The firebombs go off, the shishi saves Tyrer’s life while the French spy dies in the flames. Life also doesn’t have dramatic ending, life’s supposed to be lived on the way.

I didn’t like it nearly as well as any gai-jib his other books. Gai-Jin – James Clavell. Morphine – Turning sick people into pill addicted lunatics since !


Clavell says the death of Malcolm in the book was not planned. Strawberry Reviews rated it really liked it Shelves: Oct 13, Laura Noggle rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jul 16, Pages.

The number of important characters in this book is greater than Shogun, which means you have to get a lot further into the book before you actually begin to care about any of them for me it was about pages in, gai-min least partly because Angelique was ridiculously irritating before she had her unfortunate trauma. Since this books is set in the middle of the Asiatic saga gai-jon 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 will come out of them or how they’ll be remembered, one of them the legendary “Hag Struan” remembered as a mythical character from “Noble House”, here yai-jin Tess Struan, relatively young, but already looming and feared, very much present though from far away Hong Kong.

There are many ‘main characters”, none of which has the reader’s total sympathy or support and none of which are drawn with a totally unsympathetic hand.

As clavel his other works gaai-jin story contains a bunch of other sub plots, and a cast of many. The cultural niceites and high-level political negotiations are given a boost of interest with the addition of dangerous elements like double-crosses, back-room negotiations, kingmaking, assassinations and the like.

Intrigue is heavy in this book. Historical Fiction Historical Romance. These so far are the players. Japanese Concubines – The ability of the sideways snatch to politically motivate white folks and agi-jin the course of history never ceases to amaze me i.

This great understanding and sympathy suggests that he is a compassionate man, able to understand everybody’s actions as they are motivated by different and conflicting agendas, whether it is the shishi and their sonno-joi movement to expel all gai-jin and restore power to the emperor, a British official and interpreter wanting to advance himself, or a French girl trying to use all her sexual charms to win the hand in marriage of the richest man in all Asia.


The setting of gai-iin story is not far from the Meiji Restoration, when Emperor Meiji abolished the Shogunate and restored the monarchy. Spoilers as if you care Maybe that’s also why the book is so long as there’s no need to rush for the ending.

Not even a decent bodice-ripper. 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. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. This is a novel about Japan in It’s actually a mean and impressive feat that Clavell achieved here, as I find no character I like.

And when there’s the end, you just stare to emptiness and the only feeling you’re left with is again, as in the other Clavell’s stories: Horrified, she keeps this a secret but later discovers she is pregnant. View all 7 comments.

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Full of the most facile stereotypes and misguided ideas of chivalry. The lords and samurai were encouraged to spend lavishly so that they would remain in debt and would become accustomed to a life of luxury, always easily intimidated by the military dictatorship whenever required.

Canterbury is killed, Malcolm seriously wounded, and Tyrer receives a minor arm injury; only Angelique escapes unharmed to get help back to Yokohama. For example, I was expecting Mrs Struan Gai-Jin by James Clavell on Blogcritics. In the side of the Japanese, there’s actually two big factions here: