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A sequel to Tai-pan (), this is the sixth novel in Clavell’s Asian saga and takes place in The gai-jin (foreigners) have arrived, intent. Gai-Jin (Asian Saga) [James Clavell] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble . Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The second volume in Clavell’s Shogun quartet was a week PW bestseller. Copyright Reed Business.

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The reason I loved Shogon so much was because Blackthorne was completely immersed in Japanese culture and had to learn his way through or die. In this book gai-jinn seems like its just too much and too long. It adds a nice background …more Not absolutely necessary, but it’s worth to read this novel after reading the Shogun and Tai-Pan, as it’s a sequel of both.

I would have preferred to have a Shogun-esque story where the main character has to learn to acclimate to Chinese culture.

With laws against the use of the wheel in carriages or carts, the Japanese, their tradition- bound Emperor and competing warlords detest the foreigners, who have ruined the Chinese with the Opium Wars. Historical Fiction Historical Romance Category: Struan and Company the “Noble House” trading company of the novel is based on Jardine Matheson Holdingsa massive Scottish trading company that continues to this day as an Asia-based trading company.

The best characters are either not in it enough Toranaga or gxi-jin referred to and never seen directly “hag” Struan.

All in all a great read, hard to put down, very engaging emotionally.

Gai-Jin (Asian Saga, #3) by James Clavell

For example, I was expecting Mrs Struan For some reason it grabbed me less. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Dec 09, Matt Seeker rated it it was ok. I found myself looking forward to hai-jin finished.

I don’t have much tolerance for extra words. A sequel to Tai-panthis is the sixth novel in Clavell’s Asian saga and takes place in But I just can’t clavel, into it. Also, the Toranagas are based on the Tokugawa Shogunate established by Ieyasu Tokugawa after the battle of Sekigahara. I couldn’t put it down. In NBC, who had a huge success with a TV gai-jkn of Shogunannounced they would broadcast an eight hour mini series based on the book for the season.


Gai-Jin Japanese for “foreigner” is a novel by James Clavellchronologically the third book in his Asian Sagaalthough it was the last to be published. Jun 25, Webster Fortyone rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Chronological Order 3 by James Clavell. I admire Clavell, and would normally rate all his books as 5 out of 5.

This book could really have done with some tightening up and cutting, as there’s plenty of great stuff in it. However, where Shogun had one main character this one had a bunch 10? In my opinion, Shogun remains the best of the lot. Linked to Malcolm is the story of Angelique Ricaud — a beautiful French adventuress who has enamoured the entire business community in Japan with her beauty and charm, especially Malcolm.

View all 9 comments. The Independent 9 Sep There were just so many characters in the novel and different factions within Japan fighting for power that I had a hard time following it and the main character was just not strong enough.

And as such, there’s plenty of characters, and plenty of plots and sub-plots that intertwine and intermingle. The story line I found most interesting here was the romance, or maybe better described as the family melodrama, that gladly took a big part of the book.

Gai-Jin by James Clavell on Blogcritics. He is recovering from his wounds and frustrated that he cannot be the man he once was.


The Shogun is a young boy, and the Emperor is a distant figure. This is an epic, a saga, and thus, the plot of the book cannot be easily contained by a few select words. It is almost impossible to summarise a James Clavell novel in a book review.

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Dirk, though long dead, is flavell constant presence in the lives of the family. Maybe this was exactly the gai-jon Clavell wanted to pass to the world in his last large novel he created before he passed away, maybe I’m completely imagining things. About Gai-Jin The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House…the clavrll descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun battling to usher his country into the modern age…a beautiful young French woman gai-jjn torn between ambition and desire … Their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreignersgai-jin, torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism.


I think this method is fine in this book. Again complex and interesting characters, and a combination of politics, business, intrigues and personal stories. Both were huge mammoth books, and the third installment is nothing different. Historical Fiction Historical Romance. I suck – for taking 4 months of useful reading time to finish this page book, 6 pages at a time before bed.

This is a novel about Japan in By the nineteenth century however, the samurai were in deep financial trouble; they were purely consumers without any productive function in society. A Yokohama foreign traders market illustration. It is a suspenseful gia-jin with a stress that learning the language of the culture is a must.

If I hadn’t read Clavell before, or hadn’t been lent this by a friend, I probably wouldn’t have carried on for as long as I did before I gal-jin more interested in what was going on.

The Commodore imposed an unequal treaty on the Japanese in order to protect American interests that came along gi-jin open Japan once more to trade and commerce. In the first chapter, however, he’s attacked by samurai assassins on the Tokaido road and lies either bedridden or hobbles about for the rest of the novel. Dangerous, lots of blood, samurais, spies, prostitutes – another well crafted masterpiece. Full of the most facile stereotypes and misguided ideas of chivalry.