Tai-Pan by James Clavell

Tai Pan

Tai-Pan is the second novel in James Clavell’s Asian Saga series, but it’s definitely not a sequel to Shogun.  Rest assured, however, that Tai-Pan is every bit a page-turner as the former novel, and I have to admit, I liked Tai-Pan even better.

The novel takes place in the early nineteenth century, when Hong Kong has just become part of the British Empire.  English traders, including Dirk Struan (the Tai-Pan of Noble House) gamble with the future of Chinese/English trade in the midst of political upheaval in their British homeland and in China itself.

Clavell truly outdid himself with the plot development of Tai-PanI especially enjoyed the intrigue and romantic similarities to Romeo and Juliet with warring houses and ill-fated love.

4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 1983
732 pages

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