James Clavell's Noble House

James Clavell's Noble House

A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong

Book - 1987
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The setting is Hong Kong, 1963. The action spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes-fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are days filled as well with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong-the heart of Asia-rich in every trade...money, flesh, opium, power.
Publisher: New York : Dell Pub., 1987, c1981
ISBN: 9780440164845
0440164842
9780440064565
0440064562
Characteristics: 1370 p
Alternative Title: Noble house

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rkfehr
Apr 17, 2015

I've read all the James Clavell books. If your interested in this book because you loved shogun or whirlwind like I did prepare to be disappointed. This is most boring book I've ever read and it just keeps going and going. Initially I thought it would be like whirlwind slow to start but then a fantastically good read, nope stays very slow and monotonous.

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harrybosch
Oct 29, 2014

Clavell's epic follow-on to Tai-pan, and the truly definitive story of modern day Hong Kong. It truly grasp's what Hong Kong was all about prior to 1997 and the British handover to the Republic of China. While much has already changed since 1997, it is a fascinating tale of intrigue, deceit, business dealing, romance and history. All back-dropped by the incredibly colorful Colony of Hong Kong. If anything this book is just too long, almost 1300 pages, and would have been better and simpler if all the Russian complicated spying sub-plot had been omitted as was done for the 1988 TV mini-series. For this reason I only gave it 3 stars. The TV mini-series followed the book very closely except for the main characters Roger Crosse and Casey Tcholok. Well worth the read, but be patient. It took me 5 weeks to get through it.

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GrannysGlasses
Oct 07, 2013

This is part of Clavell's Asian saga. Several of these titles are tied by forefathers from the previous stories.

This is a more contemporary tale set in Hong Kong. Lots of suspense, intrigue, spies, romance.....an epic tale.

Highly recommended, but read Sho-gun and Tai-Pan first.

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stuvw27
Sep 08, 2010

Dang, this was a great read! I've just finished reading the entire "series". Too bad Clavell's dead... there's so much more story to tell. Someone needs to climb in Clavell's shoes and walk a few more miles. There's gotta be at least one thousand page novel devoted to "Hag" Struan! And how about more on Japan!?

WARNING: Do NOT, I repeat: NOT, watch the TV mini-series based on this book!!!

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mariaf
Feb 03, 2009

The continuing story of the Struans .. this time the Grandson of the original Tai Pan --
Set over a very short time span, very fast paced, a lot going on, and so easy to read ... oh, there's an intriguing love story that is for the ages.

Interesting ending -- didn't see it coming.
Good read, but not the best in the saga.

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