Tai-Pan

Tai-Pan

by James Clavell
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Overview

Tai-Pan by James Clavell


It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power, and to make himself supreme ruler…Tai-Pan!




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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307491572
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/12/2008
Series: Asian Saga , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 736
Sales rank: 31,131
File size: 3 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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Tai-Pan 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 78 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.

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.

Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
dan0817 More than 1 year ago
Definitely in my top 10.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
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This is such a sad tale since the ending will never happen, unless we can build machines that will save us from ourselves! A great short story.
O-man-n-easychair More than 1 year ago
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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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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DaveAllen More than 1 year ago
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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I have read this book several times and have enjoyed more and more each time.
Dave_The_Red More than 1 year ago
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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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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