Noble House

Noble House

by James Clavell
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Overview

Noble House by James Clavell


The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes–fire, flood, 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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307567970
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/22/2009
Series: Asian Saga Series , #5
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1376
Sales rank: 42,563
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

James Clavell, who died in 1994, was a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Although he wrote the screenplays for a number of acclaimed films, including The Fly (1958), The Great Escape (1963), and To Sir With Love (1967), he is best known for his epic novels in his Asian Saga.


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Noble House 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a book I read over twenty years ago and I'm ready to read it again. I lived in this book and was constantly learning little things about Eurasians and Asian culture while reading it, totally fascinated the whole time I read it, and very sad to turn the last page -- wishing this book would go on for at least 4 more 1,200-page volumes. I have read most of Clavell's other books, and they were all a letdown to me after reading this book. That critic who made fun of this book and put it down is sooo full of baloney! If I find 3 other novels in my lifetime as entertaining, educational and fun to read as this one, (and as long), I'll be a happy woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great! It was as satisfying to read as Shogun. The characters (and their colloquial expressions!) are very colorful. The book is filled with so many amazing ingredients of drama. The tragic ending was very powerful and reminded me of some of the writings of the famous Russian writers. This book is worth reading over and over!
WhitK More than 1 year ago
It had to end:-(
dan0817 More than 1 year ago
For a 1100+ page book to cover only 1 week this book was phenomenal. I love all of Clavell's characters and truly hated reaching that last page; all 11+ times. It has been a number of years since I last read and I believe number 12 may be approaching.
Grandpa_Joe More than 1 year ago
The miniseries was good but did not do the book justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Noble House is just another example of how well James Clavell uses historical references to build a riveting plot. He is an expert at developing even the most side characters. This novel, like his others, is very long (if you can believe it, the novel only spans a weeks worth of time in 1960's Hong Kong) and has lulls in the adventure and drama, but getting through those lulls is well worth it. Every time I finish a book of his, I feel a little loss that I won't be able to share the experiences of the Taipan of the Noble House or any of the other various characters I have gotten to know. And you don't have to start at the beginning to get this novel. You can read Taipan and Gaijin later. Great book and well worth the effort. I only wish he were still alive to write about Hong Kong today.
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I have read it four times.....it captures Hong Kong as I remember it....accurate and entertaining!ye
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