Noble House: A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong

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The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes — fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong — the heart of Asia — rich in every trade... money, flesh, opium, ...

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Overview

The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are the days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes — fire, flood, and landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong — the heart of Asia — rich in every trade... money, flesh, opium, power.


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Christopher Lehman-Haupt
You really have to hand it to Mr. Clavell. His storytelling is as clumsy as always, with its sudden and arbitrary shifts in point of view, its incredible self-motivating interior dialogues and its onstage whisperings that let you know that something important has happened without revealing yet precisely what. The dialogue is often pure comic-book, and some of the soliloquies are so wooden you could build a raft with them....In short: ''Noble House'' isn't art. It isn't even slick. But it touches a number of nerves. And its scale is occasionally dizzying. At 1,200 pages, it's a book you can get lost in for weeks. In fact, some readers may disappear into it and never be heard from again. -- New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385287371
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/15/1981
  • Pages: 1216
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 2.09 (d)

Meet the Author

James Clavell (1921–1994) was a novelist, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. He is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with screenplays for such films as The Great Escape, The Fly, and To Sir, with Love. His books Noble House and Whirlwind were #1 New York Times bestsellers.

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