Gai Jin Grand in scope and scale filled with the richness and passion of two great histories coming together Gai jin is the long awaited sixth novel in James Clavell s magnificent Asian Saga Sweeping us bac

  • Title: Gai-Jin
  • Author: James Clavell
  • ISBN: 9780385310161
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Grand in scope and scale, filled with the richness and passion of two great histories coming together, Gai jin is the long awaited sixth novel in James Clavell s magnificent Asian Saga Sweeping us back to the enigmatic and elusive land of his best selling Shogun, he weaves an extraordinary tale of Japan, now newly open to gai jin foreigners and teeming with contradictGrand in scope and scale, filled with the richness and passion of two great histories coming together, Gai jin is the long awaited sixth novel in James Clavell s magnificent Asian Saga Sweeping us back to the enigmatic and elusive land of his best selling Shogun, he weaves an extraordinary tale of Japan, now newly open to gai jin foreigners and teeming with contradictions as the ancient and the modern meet in a clash of cultures, of nations, of generations It is 1862, and in Japan s Foreign Settlement of Yokohama, reverberations from an explosive act of violence will forever alter and connect the lives of the major characters Malcolm Struan, at twenty, is heir to the title of tai pan of the most powerful and bitterly contested English trading company in the Orient, the Noble House Malcolm s fate, and that of his family s legacy, become inextricably intertwined with that of a beautiful young French woman, Angelique Richaud Desired by many, loved purely and passionately by Malcolm, Angelique will hold the future of the Noble House in her hands Intricately interwoven into the story of the struggle for control of the Noble House is a powerful parallel story of the Land of the Gods, Japan, a country ripped apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism as groups of young xenophobic revolutionaries, ronin, attempt to seize the Shogunate and expel the hated gai jin from Japan One man, Lord Toranaga Yoshi, a direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun, attempts not only to protect the Shogunate, but to usher it, and Japan, into the modern age Amid the brutality and heroism, the betrayals and the stunning romance, a multilayered, complex story unfolds Here the dark and erotic world of the pleasure houses the Ladies of the Willow World, spies, and terrorists meets the world of pageantry and power monarchs and diplomats And here East meets West in an inevitable collision of two equally powerful cultures as James Clavell creates a vibrant and authentic

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    1. James Clavell

      James Clavell, born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell was a British novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II veteran and POW Clavell is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape, The Fly and To Sir, with Love James Clavell 2007, November 10 In , The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 23 16, November 14, 2007, from enpedia w indexp t

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    1. ”So easy to be swallowed up, by the weather and gardens, kind skies and tender rain, best music, poetry, exotic foods, abundant silks and clothes makers, exquisite carp and singing birds, the alabaster-skinned beauties of the court, and of Kyoto’s Floating World,without a care in the world except to seek the next pleasure.”After conquering China, the traders of Europe are now focused on opening up trade relations with Japan. They are perched precariously on the edge of the Islands in a sma [...]

    2. Now I know why I didn't like this book as well - no strong central character. There are a lot of great characters & the writing is everything I've come to expect from Clavell, but every other book of his is fairly upbeat (sort of) with a great heroic, central figure. Here there isn't one. I don't know who to pin my hopes on. In this typically complex set of circumstance & motivation, it's hard to pick out the good guy. There is a huge cast, many with strange (to me since they're Japanese [...]

    3. I loved Clavell's SHOGUN, and while GAI-JIN takes great efforts to paint on-the-verge-of-Meiji Japan in great depth, this book is hardly SHOGUN. I'm on page 450 right now and feel as if everything so far could have been told in 150 pagesd I'm starting to wonder if I'll be able to get through the remaining 350. SHOGUN always opened new doors, always presented new sides to the characters and the politicsGAI-JIN just keeps treading and re-treading and re-re-treading old ground. I'm so much of a Jap [...]

    4. An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review: Gai-Jin by James Clavell on Blogcritics.This is the third book of James Clavell's Asian Saga. Two years ago, I read the first book, Shogun, and a year ago, I read the second, Tai-Pan. Both were huge mammoth books, and the third installment is nothing different.I suppose there are times in which I sort of disliked this book, but then later I realized that I only "disliked" it because I was expecting something else. But before I [...]

    5. This book is my least favorite in Clavell's Asian saga. First this is kind of a semi-sequel to both Shogun and Tai-pan. Many characters and descendents of characters and story lines and histories from the previous 2 novels can be found in Gai-jin. The novel is set in Hong Kong and Japan. The basic story is really good. The telling of the struggle between Japan and the Gai-jin (foreigners), and the internal struggle between The Japanese shogunate ( this ruling clan that gained supreme power in th [...]

    6. Repetitive and unoriginal, especially when considered as part of the "Asian Saga." Don't read this if you have any basic understanding of Japanese history, have read any of Clavell's other books, or if you care about grammatical accuracy and vaguely unique characterization and dialogue.So what made me consume 1000+ pages of this stuff? Hmm. Well, it was promising in the beginning, I suppose. The subject itself (the decline of the shogunate and the foreign "invasion" of Japan) is interesting, and [...]

    7. I admire Clavell, and would normally rate all his books as 5 out of 5. The intrigue, the complicated characters, the loyalties built and betrayed I love that. However, I couldn't finish Gai-Jin despite starting to read it three times over the last 10 years. I just can't make it past a certain event mid-book (can't disclose a spoiler).I don't know what happened here. Maybe it's me, maybe it's just that the book is heavier than the usual, brilliant James Clavell. But I just can't get into it. Over [...]

    8. I was warned this book isn't as good as other Clavell's novels and I was discouraged to finish it, multiple times. It took me 15 months to finish this book, but I don't regret it.I've seen reviewers to point out the book is too lengthy or that it lacks a main, central hero in the story and that's why it's not as good as the other Asian Saga stories. I have to admit the book definitely is way too long for what it contains, but I absolutely reject the idea that there is no central character.I agre [...]

    9. 4.5 starsAnother wonderful, long, rich, full and fascinating historical novel by Clavell loosely based on historical events. Again complex and interesting characters, and a combination of politics, business, intrigues and personal stories. 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. Since this books is set in the middle of the Asiatic saga there were descendants and ancestors of beloved [...]

    10. Aside a few mistakes (contradictions with earlier novels, such as the mention of May-May being Gordon Chen's mother when in Tai-Pan, she was not, among other things), this was a decent read.Like Tai-Pan, this plodded in some places, particularly through the later half of the book, but Clavell was rather ill and died shortly after finishing this. In my opinion, Shogun remains the best of the lot.Like Tai-Pan, the ending disappointed me. The reason I loved Shogon so much was because Blackthorne wa [...]

    11. As I was cleaning my book shelves over the holidays, I discovered this wonderful book by James Clavell about the British in Japan in 1862. It is a suspenseful book with a stress that learning the language of the culture is a must. There are geisha girls, samurai soldiers, the British, French, and Japanese warriors filled with plans, wars, and doubts. Of course, there is a fascinating French girl. I couldn't put it down.I had read most of the Noble House series, but had overlooked this one. I gue [...]

    12. Welp, I'm done and somehow that seems the important part. My foray into pop lit has officially hit a wall. This book did have some redeeming qualities. There a lot of moving plot machinations and torn character motivations, but the moments of badassery were separated by too many pages of stupid shit that you really don't give a flying fart about. It is also the first Clavell book I read without an western archetypal hero. This was the third book in the Asian Saga, but the last one that Clavell p [...]

    13. It is almost impossible to summarise a James Clavell novel in a book review. They are invariably a thosand pages of narrative that spans a short period of time, packed with an ensemble cast of larger than life characters from another time, in a faraway exotic land; all of whom are battling, loving, hating, spying on, killing, plotting against and sleeping with each other. Gai-Jin isn't as famous as Shogun but is essential reading for a true fan. It is tragic in many ways as it traces the difficu [...]

    14. Not as good as Shogun, but similar in many ways: lots of characters, lots of intrigue and culture clashes and translation issues. However, where Shogun had one main character this one had a bunch (10?) so it was less compelling. I found myself looking forward to being finished. Still, I am incredibly impressed with the author for keeping track of so many convoluted plots and schemes between all the characters. Also, I listened to this as an audiobook and the reader (who I recognized from other a [...]

    15. Utter crap of the worst sort, like Bear and Dragon, chosen for its length alone. Full of the most facile stereotypes and misguided ideas of chivalry. Not even a decent bodice-ripper. Completely unredeemable.

    16. Five stars when the stories centered on the Japanese characters. One star when the stories centered on the European characters. Totally not at the same level as Tai-Pan.

    17. Gai-Jin (meaning 'outside person', or 'foreigner' in Japanese) is based on an actual 1862 event, known as the Namamugi Incident, in which a British national was killed, and two others wounded, by samurai on the Tokaido highway near Kanagawa for not showing the proper respect for passing Satsuma daimyo (Satsuma is a province in the south of Japan, and daimyos were local heads of government in Japan's then feudal system) . In retribution the British navy bombarded the Satsuma capital of Kagoshima. [...]

    18. Изключително милото посвещение на господин Клавел не помогна за по-нататъшното разбирателство с книгата, опасявам се.Не успях да намеря психическата сила и нужните нерви, за да довърша тази книга по нормален начин. Причините - японските думи и изрази, въпросителните около [...]

    19. a vast colonial epic, less thrilling than others in the series, but still compelling, partially because the author pulls no punches for any of his characters.

    20. Like the other books of James Clavell, I borrowed this one from the library years ago. I liked his style and decided that I wanted to have his books. (Then I could take as long as I wanted, not be limited to a maximum of 6 weeks or so) Now that I own it, I will read this one again, don't know when, but definitely will.Review: despite it is a good book, I liked it less than I liked shogun. For some reason it grabbed me less. The stories told were good, the characters enjoyable, even though some w [...]

    21. I'M FREE!Okay, that's a bit harsh. I was just starting to get a bit sick of it as I had been reading it for so long.As usual with Clavell's Asian Saga, the book is meticulously researched and intricately plotted, so it almost feels like you're actually there. However, again as usual, the plot itself is more a slice of life or sample stretch of events so there is no real resolution. The number of important characters in this book is greater than Shogun, which means you have to get a lot further i [...]

    22. 1578 pages! And Clavell can keep the tension and suspense up for most of it. But as an epic, it's going to be a while before the things certain characters want to do get done, gotta wait til the end for that. The story is told minutely, step by step. A good amount of interesting facts about 19th century Japan, as usual with Clavell.If you've got the time and interest, read this. If you don't care about the topic, you'll maybe be bored, especially during the administrative talk, facts and forms t [...]

    23. I am only giving this book 3 stars as it was just a really heavy read for me. I was almost halfway through before i began to really enjoy it and the book is over 1200 pages. Historical fictional asian saga set in the 1800s when trade was begun with Japan. 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. Despite that there is no question James Clavell is an [...]

    24. This is typical Clavell - intricately woven with very deep character development and many surprises. It doesn't really matter how many literary plots one believes in, Clavell seems to incorporate them all into his novels.The only thing I am critical about, is that this book in the saga does not fill in the storyline to any significant degree between Tai-pan and Noble House, something I was looking forward to.

    25. Picked this up in 2nd handbook shop before Christmas. Had forgotten how absorbing Clavell is.It actually got a bit tedious and I found the development of one of the Japanese samurai warriors who ends up spying / infiltrating the Western end. The best characters are either not in it enough (Toranaga) or only referred to and never seen directly ("hag" Struan). Good enough yo remind me how much I loved Tai-Pan and Shogun as a teenager, so James Clavell very define toy on the re-read list

    26. This follows Dirk's (hero of Tai-Pan) son Cullum & his wife. I didn't like it nearly as well as any of his other books. If you like the series (Shogun, Tai-Pan) then read this once as the background helps a lot for "Nobel House". "Shogun" references are also in here. Clavell does a good job of tying his novels together.

    27. Excellent sequil to Noble House. Another thick book that kept my attention and interest. It picks up where Noble House left off and covers the same families and rivalries.Excellent. I remember I bought it in hard cover as soon as it came out - I had waited over 10 yrs for the sequil.

    28. Fills in a little of the big time void between Taipan and King Rat. Not as good as either, but still follows the characters. Kind of wraps up Taipan after the death of Dirk Struan by following his son to Japan for more adventure and cutthroat mercantilism.

    29. Great book! Outstanding characters and intrigue, a glimse of life in the first British settlement in Japan. Builds on the other two books, with the same characters and history. Perhaps not as exciting, but a great read none the less.

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