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It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power, and to make himself supreme ruler…Tai-Pan!
From the Trade Paperback edition.
It was my joss
How can a book start out so slow and then get in your craw like no other? I walk around in the Tai pans world two weeks after finishing this book. Simply amazing. Clavell makes his protagonists super heroes ( Tai-Pan, Lord Toranaga, the Anjin-San) but so what?! Ya no one has every plan come out roses like these guys, but what's the alternative? Have Tyler Brock win? No way! I want to see what happens to culum and the rest of them, but I read that gai-Jin wasn't that good... Should I go straight to noble house or stop at king rats prison first? Help people, it will give me great face as it is my joss to read the Asian saga!
This is a book that you want. It effects how you see your world. Read all James Clavell books. They are great.
One of the best
Absolutely epic. Fabulous characters and depictions of culture and politics amongst a fast moving good read.