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Tai-Pan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Tai-Pan is good, but not as good as Shogun.

    If you want to read Taipan, read this book before Shogun. If you read Shogun first, you will expect this book to be just as good (which is impossible to do). The Taipan of this book is a little too superhero-like, and book strays from the founding of Hong Kong (which is what I wanted the focus to stay on) to a long standing fight with a rival trader. If Clavell focused on the former a bit more, this book would have been more interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Good background for Clavell's Saga

    Although not as enriched as Shogun in story and depth, Tai-Pan is a wonderful tale of the end of the Opium Wars and the effect of Europeans on the Chinese culture in the early 1800's. As always, Clavell provides a vast and immersive historical world. It is populated by definitive characters and wonderful plots that are tantilizingly complex in their expression. A masterful story weaver, he keeps you guessing right to the end.

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  • Posted February 10, 2011

    Great read and have read it numerous times

    This is a great read and I have read this book over and over again. It's based on historical fact of the founding of Hong Kong by partners Jardin and Matheson. Clavell uses locations and facts that are real. I've visited Hong Kong and visited some of the areas in the book. The book does get slow at times but it is more adventure than anything else with a love story involved. Not a whole lot of character developement for some of the lesser major characters but I was able to picture what was going on in my mind.

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