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New York Times reviewer Orville Prescott claimed that in Tai-Pan, Clavell "holds attention with a relentless grip. Tai- Pan frequently is crude. It is grossly exaggerated much of the time. But seldom does a novel appear so stuffed with imaginative invention, so packed with melodramatic action, so gaudy and flamboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder." A Time critic labeled the work "a belly-gutting, god-rotting typhoon of a book" and added: "Its narrative pace is numbing, its style deafening, its language penny dreadful.... It isn't art and it isn't truth. But its very energy and scope command the eye."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340750698
  • Publisher: Gardners Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Edition description: NEW

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2001

    Unbelievable Entertainment!

    Do not be discouraged by the book's seemingly overwhelming thickness. The pages will melt away down to the last word thanks to the riveting story and the realistic, enjoyable characters. Clavell has successfullly combined two things that I have never seen woven together so skillfully: grand setting and intricate story. The book takes place in newly acquired British Hong Kong, the Age of Sail is at its glorious peak, and the nations of Earth are converging on China with hopes of garnering a profit from one of the most isolated governments in the world. The story involves a prolific cast of characters, each one distinctly colorful with his or her own unique flavor and mannerisms. Clavell carefully chronicles subtle interactions between the characters, allowing the reader to feel very personally involved in the story. I expected many dull moments in book. Usually when authors try to combine big settings with detailed characters and events, the story gets either 1) stuck in endless details and minutae or 2) so generalized and impersonal that you might receive greater stimulation from Cliff Notes. This, however, was never the case in Tai-Pan. Every word and sentence and dialogue in the book is necessary and tantalizing. Each detail either develops a character or moves the plot or paints the setting. There's no 'filler', in other words. <p>A novel of this scope that is wholly riveting and 'fat-free' is a true gem. This was my first Clavell, and I look forward to some more of his work. Tai-Pan is an experience for the mind and the imagination.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2001

    Tai Pan-Best Book I've Ever Read

    I loved the book Tai Pan. Clavell really paints a picture in your head of what it was all about. This book has it all and more war love you name it, and it has it. This book is definitely PG-13 though and I do not recommend it for younger readers due to the limited yet present intimacy and the gory descriptions of battles. But for anyone who likes a good action book this is a must.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    Read it 7 times

    Definitely in my top 10.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    What a good Book

    Tai-Pan was one of the most amazing and exciting books I have ever read. Starting out at the ceremony commemorating Britain taking over Hong Kong it moves over the period of colonization with the land sale and the movement because of malaria epidemic. Filled with action and interesting talkie style description it is a hard book to put down. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys Tom Clancy or Clive Cussler as an imaginative historical epic of the best kind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    Incredible Piece of Writing!!

    Definitely one of the most intriguing and exciting adventure novels I have ever read. Clavell's ability to transport you to another time and place is unparalleled!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    I have had this book in hardback for many years and reread it several times. I am happy I can now read it as an ebook.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Taipan


    Taipan is one of the greatest every written, james clavell ls the best a little above wouk, &clancy in their genre

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Entertaining, different, a real page turner.

    Caution this book will make you lose a lot of sleep. Yes, it's truly one of those you can't put down. James Clavell is now one of my top ten favorite authors. I've been an avid reader for forty plus years and I can't believe I'm just now discovering his top shelf works. Dave Allen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Amazing book

    I have read this book several times and have enjoyed more and more each time.

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  • Posted January 4, 2013

    One of my favorite authors.

    James Clavell writes about the founding of Hong Kong and weaves a story involving fictional characters that were probably very close to the real traders and people of the period. It is an epic tale, and a great read. I enjoyed all of his books, but this one is my favorite. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction and stories of asia will like this book.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    MY ALL TIME FAVORITE!

    Taipan is my favorite in Clavell's Asian Saga. I think it is wonderfully written. It's a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2002

    One of the Best !!!

    This is a great book that explans the beginning of Hong Kong and he smugglers of the Opium War. This is set in 1841 Hong Kong with the two biggest revails of the Opium Trade that face of against each other!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    It was O.K.

    Sometimes I would know what was going to happen and got a little repetitive.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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