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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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Every person, whether it is a foreigner or a Japanese, thinks that one’s culture is superior to the other. Return to Book Page. Read it Forward Read it first. And as such, there’s plenty of characters, and plenty of plots and sub-plots that intertwine and intermingle.

The main source of conflict is the dealings between the foreigners gaijin and the Japanese. Samurai seldom saw battle and spent most of their time in castle towns with ceremonial weapons, armour and functions.

Despite that there is no question James Clavell is an amazing author. This article is about a novel. Lists with This Book.

Gai-Jin (Asian Saga, #3) by James Clavell

Because of the opening, the Japanese saw very quickly that they needed to be on equal terms with the Westerners. The gai-jin foreigners have arrived, intent on doing business with the Japanese. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. If you answer differently It was the flexible Japanese population that prospered. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

She reminded me of Scarlett from Gone with the Wind, going through a similar process at the same time the plot of this book takes place, in another continent. Somehow, at one point, I found this talk of sex to be tiring, thinking whether it is really the case that people think about sex all the time. Like the other books of James Clavell, I borrowed this one from the library years ago. The story opens with a fictional rendition of the Namamugi Incident.


Jul 31, Theophilus Theo rated it really liked it. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans and spies. The mighty Struan shipping empire, Noble House, has built a base in Yokohama, but with the illness fatal of Culum Struan, tai-pan head of the business empire, year-old Malcolm Struan stands ready to become tai-pan. Tyrer’s friend is horrified but cannot disobey.


O I admire Clavell, and would normally rate all his books as 5 out of 5. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices.

Also in Asian Saga. May 19, Pages Buy. Here Clavell suppresses any moral standpoint, never judging the actions of his characters, simply portraying them. Gai-Jin meaning ‘outside person’, or ‘foreigner’ in Japanese is based on an actual event, known as the Namamugi Incident, in which a British national was killed, and two others wounded, by samurai on the Tokaido highway near Kanagawa for not showing the proper respect for passing Satsuma daimyo Satsuma is a province in the south of Japan, ga-jin daimyos were local heads of government in Japan’s then feudal system.

I was waiting for the end, hoping things would wrap up. It seems that it doesn’t lcavell whether I as a reader like the gai-jn or not. There’s the issue of concubines and mistresses, geisha and courtesans.

Dirk, though long dead, is a constant presence in the lives of the family. I think this method is fine in this book. All in all a great read, hard to put down, very engaging emotionally.

I am only giving this book 3 stars as it was just a really heavy read for me. Tyrer and Malcolm make their way to Kanagawa Kanagawa-ku later that day, where Dr.

And in this book, every character was quite agitating.


The book really doesnt end which is a let down. Okay, that’s a bit harsh. The writing clavrll though is solid, and is clearly well-researched, a definite plus for this book. Works by James Clavell.

However, I couldn’t finish Gai-Jin despite starting to read it three times over the last 10 years. Bushido went from being an art that was practiced and lived, to a science that was studied and praised. The book gets 4 stars anyway, because I ejoyed reading it immensely, because while reading I felt like I was visiting the scenes. Jan 06, Karen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: The novel is certainly not badly written. I would recommend this book, but certainly not over Shogun and, from what other readers say, not over Tai-pan or Noble House.

The Japanese prostitutes, who work in places with such enticing names as The Floating World, are disappointed with sex with the Gai-jin men. Jul 24, Jeffrey Keeten rated it liked it Shelves: The reason I loved Shogon so much was because Blackthorne was completely immersed in Japanese culture and had to learn his way through or die.

Aug 08, Ryan Anderson rated it liked it. Even though little time passes and not much action takes place in the book, it captures the many strands of all the influences which caused Japan to reluctantly open to the world, frozen at almost a single moment in time. I don’t have much tolerance for extra words. You’ll have to find out yourself! Malcolm has become infatuated with the beautiful Angelique Richaud. At the same time, she learns her father is a degenerate gambler in jail for debt, and her uncle loses her capital in a failed investment.