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 samurai — whose purpose was duty to the master, had always held merchants in low esteem.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. I admire Clavell, and would normally rate all his books as 5 out of 5.

I could almost hear “Wild Horses” being covered in Japanese as the page wrap up montage carried me to freedom from this drivel. Totally not at the same level as Tai-Pan.

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

Clavell says the death of Malcolm in the book was not planned. Both Japanese and foreigners are convinced of their own superiority. The Independent7 Sep Refresh and try again. I think this book would have been better as a trilogy with some closure in the final book. The intrigue developing between the Japanese and the constant friction between two diametrically opposed cultures kept the pages turning. But An edited version of this article was first published as Book Review: Mar 09, David rated it liked it Shelves: 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.

While on an outing with friends, Malcolm is attacked by ronin shishi Samurais and seriously wounded. Boring Characters that go nowhere – There is no less than 30 characters coavell this book clavdll have no use to the plot and no draw to the reader. The book really doesnt end which is a let down.


If you answer yes, yes and no you can go ahead and read it. She plans to outwit Tess Struan, with the help of Edward Gornt, who hopes to marry her and also obtain revenge on Tess’ family.

Perry landed on Japanese soil in after the Japanese could no longer hold off the threat of the technologically superior American navy. Of the diplomats, there are mainly the representatives of the United Kingdom and France, but the Russia, United States gaii-jin Switzerland also make minor appearances. Malcolm is not yet 21, the age set by Dirk that a man must reach to become Tai-pan. There a lot of moving plot machinations and torn character motivations, but the moments of yai-jin were separated by too many gau-jin of stupid shit that you really don’t give a flying fart about.

One big theme in this novel is the clash of cultures. Calgary Herald27 June But he was glad her head was deep in his shoulder greatcoat.

Jul 26, Kylie rated it liked it Shelves: It’s true that there isn’t much development in the story, but Clavell delves deep into character and historical detail, focusing minutely on the spaces between the actual events which are few and far between. He needs Gai-jin weapons, and clavelk needs them before his enemies can obtain them for themselves.

Learn how and when to remove these template messages. I would recommend this book, but certainly not over Shogun and, from what other readers say, not over Tai-pan or Noble House. 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 profits generated by the extravagant spending of the daimyos lords remained in the hands of artisans, peasants and merchants because tax collections remained unchanged for the entire duration of the Shogunate.


The telling of the struggle between Japan and the Gai-jin foreignersand the internal struggle between The Japanese shogunate this ruling clan that gained supreme power in th This book is my least favorite in Clavell’s Gxi-jin saga.


Gai-Jin, much more than Shogun, is a novel with an ensemble cast. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The best characters are either not in it enough Toranaga or only referred to and never seen directly “hag” Struan. Even though little time passes and not much action takes place in the book, it captures the many strands ckavell all the influences which caused Japan to reluctantly open to the world, frozen at almost a single moment in time.

It doesn’t really matter how many literary plots one believes in, Clavell seems to incorporate them all into his novels.

As I was cleaning my book shelves over the holidays, I discovered this wonderful book by James Clavell about the British in Japan in The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House…the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun battling to usher his country into the modern age…a beautiful young French woman forever torn between ambition and desire … Their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreignersgai-jin, torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism.

Yoshi survives several assassination attempts just as he orders assassinations against his rivals. In the first chapter, however, he’s attacked by samurai assassins on the Tokaido road cllavell lies either bedridden or hobbles about for the rest of the novel.

The foreigners think that the Japanese are barbaric, and vice versa. Open Preview See a Problem? The novel spins two story lines which intertwine with ever increasing complexity: Gai-Jin is a narrative of the trials of the new tai-pan supreme leader of Struans — Malcolm Struan.