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Friday, October 27, 2006

James Clavell


James Clavell is a half-Irish Englishman, born in Canada and educated in Portsmouth. He served as a captain in the Royal Artillery during the war. In 1942 he was captured by the Japanese and sent to Changi. It was on his experience in Changi that his bestselling novel KING RAT was based. The interest in Asia, its people and culture continued with TAI-PAN, a tale of Canton and Hong Kong in the mid-19th century and the founding of an Anglo-Chinese trading company, Struan's. This was followed by the classic SHOGUN, the story of Japan during the period two centuries before when Europe first began to make an impact on the island people of the Rising Sun. NOBLE HOUSE, the fourth novel in the Asian saga, continued the story of Struan's, the Hong Kong trading company, as the winds of change blew through the Far East. GAI-JIN is the third novel in the Asian saga set twenty years after the end of TAI-PAN.

Shogun (1975)
John Blackthorne, whose dream is to be the first Englishman to circumnavigate the globe, to wrest control of the trade between Japan and China from the Portuguese, and to return home a man of wealth and position.
Toranaga, the most powerful feudal lord in Japan, who strives and schemes to seize ultimate power by becoming Shogun - supreme military dictator - and to unite the warring samurai fiefdoms under his own masterful and farsighted leadership.
Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert whose conflicting loyalties to the Church and her country are compounded when she falls in love with Blackthorne, the barbarian intruder.
Shogun is a huge, exotic, blood-stained canvas of sixteen century but still
medieval Japan, rival war-lords and proselytizing Jesuits, geishas, eppuku,
samurai with death-wish and a shipwrecked Elizabethan.

Gai-Jin (1993)
It is 1862 and Japan is a land in chaos as the power of the Shogun wanes and the rival factions plan to restore the Emperor. In Yokohama, the gai-jin, the hated foreigners, seek to profit from the chaos. At the head of the Noble House, and heir to the title Tai-pan, stands Malcolm Struan who is determined to become his own man and marry the woman he loves. At the head of the Shogunate party is the Lord Yoshi, a direct descendant of Shogun Toranaga.

6 Books, 5.06 MB

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