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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Gai-Jin, much more than Shogun, is a novel with an ensemble cast.


About Gai-Jin 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.

View all 9 comments. Babcott operates on Malcolm. Historical fictional asian saga set in the s when trade was begun with Japan. She reminded me of Scarlett from Gone with the Wind, going through a similar process at the same time the plot of this book takes place, in another continent.

I couldn’t put it down.

Again complex and interesting characters, and a combination of politics, business, intrigues and personal stories. There’s the issue of concubines and mistresses, geisha and courtesans. The stories told were good, the characters enjoyable, even though some were good, some bad and most of them very cunning, just looking for personal advantage at every cost. In fact, this book breathes of intrigue.

However, on a wider scale, the book tells the story of the opening up of Japan consequent to Commodore Perry’s arrival, inwith the black ships and the ‘unfair treaties’ that were then ‘forced’ on the weakening Tokugawa shogunate.


Not just English and Japanese, but “Virginian who studied in England for a few years” and “Japanese who was shipwrecked in America and learned english there” and other compound multi-national accents.

I think that if I find myself hating a character, it’s because the author has made it realistic enough to agitate me. References and Further Reading. The French spy is besotted with a Japanese prostitute, whose Madame is associated with the “shishi” and who exchanges favours for information.

These stories become entwined as the Japanese are forced to do business with the Gai-jins because they need their cannon, rifles, and ammunition as they prepare for the internal struggle for power that is about to begin.

The intrigue developing between the Japanese and the constant friction between two diametrically opposed cultures kept the pages turning. Aside a few mistakes contradictions with earlier novels, such as the mention of May-May being Gordon Chen’s mother when in Tai-Pan, she was not, among gai-jni thingsthis was a decent read.

The pages turn and before you know it whole hours have slipped by. Retrieved from ” https: The two main characters — Malcolm Struan and Yoshi Toranaga are based on real people. Allies and enemies, it took me quite a while to figure out what the lotalties were, only to find that things were different from what I thought.

Artisans and peasants on the other hand were subject to immediate decapitation at the hands of samurai for any real vlavell notional slight.

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I have high hopes that Ian Dunross, the Tai-pan of Struans in the book Noble House, will finally provide me with the strong willed, smart, cunning character I so adored in Dirk Struan. Maybe I heavily misinterpreted contents of the book, maybe I’ve seen something that others overlooked.


Thanks for telling us about the problem. I suppose there are times in which I sort of disliked this book, but then later I realized that I only “disliked” it because Gai-nin was expecting something else. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. My foray into pop lit has officially hit a wall. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Feb 23, Richard Beasley rated it liked claell. The novel is set in Hong Kong and Japan. However, I couldn’t finish Gai-Jin despite starting to read it three times over the last 10 years. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This was the third book in the Asian Saga, but the last one that Clavell p Welp, I’m done and somehow that seems the important part. Abortion Herbs – Looks like we were about years late on the plan B there The most interesting character of the story is the alpha male – Yoshi Toranaga who is the protector of the shogunate and a direct descendant of the first shogun.

The stories told were gaj-jin, the characters enjoyable, even though Like the other books of James Clavell, I borrowed this one from the library years ago.