Noble House (James Clavell)

Ignore the “New York Times Bestseller” blurb on the cover. That is like an Oscar. Very annoying and no guarantee of quality. (But this is a good novel, despite the New York Times endorsing it) It’s rare for a book of this size to maintain its pace, but this one manages it. A great business novel with a large cast of larger than life characters from governors to coolies in the cauldron that is Hong Kong. The plot twists and turns with many unexpected turns and stories within stories. The characters themselves are far removed from anyone I have ever met and operate in a moral framework that is utterly alien. Yet one can’t help but sympathize with them as every one of them goes about achieving their own aims with ruthless rationality. [Read more…]

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Shogun (James Clavell)

book_cover_shogunSet in the 1600’s of medieval Japan, immerse yourselves in this tale of the invincible Japanese warlord Toranaga, the bold English pilot Blackthorne, the beautiful Mariko torn between two ways of life, two ways of love, and a host of many other unforgettable, stirring characters. Shogun is a 1000+ page turner which captures any reader’s imagination. [Read more…]

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