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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. Clavell is in top-notch form in this sequel to Tai-pan, the second novel in what will be the Shogun quartet. In another monumental panorama of historic Asia. 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.

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It is also the first Clavell book I read without an western archetypal hero. Once you’re into it, you forgive Clavell his galloping grammar and anachronisms and are swept along by spirited storytelling. Tess Struan, the mother of Malcolm, comes jxmes closest, but she is in Hong Kong for the entire period covered by this book. After all, in life, nobody is ggaijin wrong jamse nobody absolutely right.

That’s why, at the end of every one of my chapters, there’s a big fat hook. Dec 09, Matt Seeker rated it it was ok. Despite that there is no question James Clavell is an amazing author. 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. Books by James Clavell. It took me 15 months to finish this book, but I don’t regret it.

Jams military action, there’s diplomatic espionage, there’s even psychological thriller. I cant think of a better solution. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Mar 03, Blake Charlton rated it liked it. There was a problem adding your email address. Lord Toranaga Yoshi, Guardian of the Heir, is trying to be the king maker.

James Clavell’s Gai-Jin : A Novel of Japan

The novel is certainly not badly written. I guess I just didn’t like the fact that at times, I find myself forgetting about some detail that was written a few hundred pages back, and gets picked up again later.


In retribution the British navy bombarded the Satsuma capital of Kagoshima. Japanese Concubines – The ability of the sideways snatch to politically motivate white folks and change the course of history never ceases to amaze me i.

It seems that it doesn’t matter whether I as a reader like the end or not. Be the first to discover new talent! Refresh and try again. I agree Clavell took a different approach in Gai-Jin.

Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. That’s the way it happened. Angelique is raped by a rogue samurai and now secretly carries his child, unbeknownst to the love- besotted Malcolm. Poetry, not at all, calligraphy nothing, sword-forging a little, politics, yes, but only as it affected trade, but an opportunity to sell something for a profit — anything, a ship or a canon or cup or knife or length of silk — brought instant results.

Later, Tyrer befriends a young Japanese and they begin to teach each other, although, unbeknownst to Tyrer, the Japanese jammes a fanatical “shishi”.

But nobody explains that to anybody. Here there isn’t one.

With respect to the traders, there are two big trading houses that play big roles, Struan’s and Brock’s which were both introduced and were the main source of conflict in the previous book.

You finish the last page and then gaijni realise your privilege to see into people’s lives has just ended and there’s nothing you can do with it.

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She is a tough, determined, compelling woman, often referred to as The Hag, who is completely allied with Struan despite her blood relation to the Brocks. The book gets 4 stars anyway, because I ejoyed reading it immensely, because while reading Haijin felt like I was visiting the scenes. Bushido went from being an art that gzijin practiced and lived, to a science that was studied and praised.

This is a great achievement, though some may criticise Clavell for being amoral as a consequence. She reminded me of Scarlett from Gone with vaijin Wind, going through a similar process at the same time the plot of this book takes place, in another continent.


The subject itself the decline of the shogunate and the foreign “invasion” of Japan is interesting, and I’d like to read another fictional attempt set in the same era.

GAI-JIN by James Clavell | Kirkus Reviews

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 clavell reviews. Please help improve it or discuss these issues on the talk page. Tess neither old nor young, pale eyes glazing directly at Angelique, the thin line of her lips dominant. Jul 26, Kylie rated it liked it Shelves: The two main characters — Malcolm Struan and Yoshi Toranaga are based on real people. The Beatles Yoshi and Hiraga – While enemies, the most compelling characters in the story.

Spoilers as if you care His success was due also to two previous warlords who ruled Japan prior to him. The story delves deeply into the political situation in Japan and the hostility Westerners faced there, and is loosely based on the Namamugi Incident and the subsequent Anglo-Satsuma War. Reviewers complain that nothing happens at the end of the novel, that it is an anti-climax after the 1, pages or more of time and effort required to get to the end.

Okay, that’s a bit harsh. If you answer yes, yes and no you can go ahead and read it. This review has been hidden clabell it contains spoilers. This article needs additional citations for verification. Also in Asian Saga. They are on the verge of a war with the Japanese, but cooler heads realize that they only have to wait for the Japanese to start fighting each other. Sep 19, Jim rated it liked it Hames Also, it was said by the same reviewer that within one character’s recollections, the view of another character was expressed.