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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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Mar 09, David rated it liked it Shelves: In fact, this book breathes of intrigue. The cultural niceites and high-level political negotiations are given a boost of interest with the addition of dangerous elements like double-crosses, back-room negotiations, kingmaking, assassinations and the like.

To view it, click here. Nov 27, Honza rated it really liked it.

People who read my books expect to be entertained, to be forced to turn the page, to learn something on route. It is a suspenseful book with a stress that learning the language of the culture is a must. There was a problem adding your email address. Aug 08, Ryan Anderson rated it liked it. In conclusion I love the base story of the book, but there is just too much sub plots and characters to keep track of.

There is a huge cast, many with strange to me since they’re Japanese Now I know why I didn’t like this book as well – no strong central character. By the nineteenth century however, the samurai were in deep financial trouble; they were purely consumers without any productive function in society. Because I read this over a longer than normal period of time, it was nice to be able to easily refresh my memory by taking a peek at the list.

Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans and spies. Unfortunately, James Clavell does not offer definitions or explanations for what each of these intriguingly named acts would entail.

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The foreigners think that the Japanese are barbaric, and vice versa. As a virtually untapped market, Japan was very attractive to these and other businesses that had set themselves up in the orient; British, French, Dutch and Russian diplomats turned up along with numerous trading outfits to milk the market. Lastly, within the foreigners, there’s the pivotal role of Angelique Richaud, a Frenchwoman, and Philip Tyrer, a British translator.


Now for the themes. I think, knowing the history and knowing what of the characters’ plans simply won’t come to fruition because that’s not how history turned out, puts too much of a damper on the suspense for me. 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.

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. Please provide an email address. Tess neither old nor young, pale eyes glazing directly at Angelique, the thin line of her lips dominant. The French spy is besotted with a Japanese prostitute, whose Madame is associated with the “shishi” and who exchanges favours for information.

Young Angelique Richaud, 18, Parisienne daughter of a gambler who has lost what money the family had, sets her eye on Malcolm.

Gai-jin (Asian Saga, book 3) by James Clavell

The British navy are actually in port protecting the business interests of the traders. 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.

I may have some complaints, and this book isn’t perfect, but it’s close. I was almost halfway through before i began to really enjoy it and the book is over pages. I gue As I was cleaning my book shelves over the holidays, I discovered this wonderful book by James Clavell about the British in Japan in It seems that it doesn’t matter whether I as a reader like the end or not.


It is also the first Clavell book I read without an western archetypal hero. Only then did she look at the photograph — the first of his parents that she had seen. There are many ‘main characters”, none of which gai-jjn the reader’s total sympathy or support and none of which are drawn with a totally unsympathetic hand. Gai-Jin, much more than Shogun, is a novel with an ensemble cast.

Dangerous, lots of blood, samurais, spies, prostitutes – another well crafted masterpiece.


Also, I listened to this as an audiobook and the reader who I recognized from other audiobooks I’ve listened to deserves a lot of credit for attempting to do all the myriad accents. I couldn’t put it down. But An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review: The pages turn and before you know it whole hours have slipped by. You finish gai-ji last page and then you realise your privilege to see into people’s lives has just ended and there’s nothing you gai-jn do with it.

However, for me, not all the pages turned. Fills in a little of the big time void between Taipan and King Rat.

Tokugawa Yoshinobuan old-school samurai and a dangerous and cunning adversary; he was the model for the character of Yoshi Toranaga. This thwarted everybody’s expectations, so it isn’t it right that the book thwarts the reader’s expectations and simply diffuses at the end? May 31, Saya rated it did not like it. His mother is now officially taipan.

He is 1 embroiled in a vicious power struggle with his peers in the Council of Elders on one front, 2 occupied with bringing the inbred and outdated Shogunate up to speed with the rest of the world on another, and 3 saving his own skin from assassins and other imperial loyalists on the third. Mar 03, Blake Charlton rated it liked it. Foreign trade was limited to a small outpost in the south, religious freedom was curtailed and the already sidelined emperor was further sequestered.

Both Japanese and foreigners are convinced of their own superiority. Up until shortly before I finally gave up, this seemed to me to be excusable, because the book builds the reader up for a big British-led invasion of Japan that never did actually take place.

Narrative method 1 – exposition on Japanese culture is often presented as memory or flashback of a Japanese character. Another theme is sex.