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Noble House Over One Hundred Years Have Passed Since Dirk Struan Founded Hong Kong S Oldest Trading Company But Now, The Noble House Is In Danger As Hong Kong Itself Becomes The Deadly Playground Of The CIA, The KGB And The People S Republic Of China, Rival Tai Pans, Seeking Revenge For Blood Feuds Over A Century Old, Gather For The Kill. This epic saga of a great British mercantile house in Hong Kong in the early 1960s is a 1400 page tome whose plot takes place in the space of one week The action in the novel is intense In Noble House, you get the feel of a staunchly capitalistic Hong Kong, a place that makes the setting of The Jungle look like a worker s paradise Clavell s hero, like most of Clavell s heroes, is an alpha male and the absolute monarch of the family business which controls much of Hong Kong s commerce and power The problem that I had with Noble House was the tendency of Clavell to minimize his Chinese characters, to glorify the ruthless, and to treat women as tools of the alpha male This is a common characteristic of Clavell novels, it just happens to be pronounced in Noble House The novel also had, dare I say it, too much action in it Within this one week period we read about espionage activities of the Soviets and the Communist Chinese, the machinations of Hong Kong, British and American corporations, horrible catastrophes such as bank failures, floods, earthquakes and riots, and plots involving organized crime That s a pretty heavy week, even for Hong Kong tycoon family It strains credibility, but then again this is a novel and not a history Novels are meant to be compelling, and one must admit that Clavell knows how to hold the reader s attention.If you are interes Business is war This is the fourth novel of the Asian Saga by James Clavell. TV MINISERIES V NOVEL DAWN OF HONG KONG I loved the TV miniseries adaptation of Noble House, starring Pierce Brosnan, Deborah Raffin, John Rhys Davies and Ben Masters In fact, I can say that it s my favorite TV miniseries I have it on DVD and crossing fingers that they d release it on bluray anytime soon.So, it was logical that I d want to read the original novelboy I didn t think that it was so thick And a huge bummer for me, taking in account the TV miniseries adaptation, it was that the main characters of Ian Dunross and Casey Tcholok don t have a romance, besides the age difference between literary character, Dunross instead of being a widower, he is happily married and even having children Also, there are A LOT of sub plots that after a while become quite tricky of following.However, it s still a pretty good written work, so I don t see any reason to give it less stars than the maximum possible A VERY LONG WEEK It s 1963 and it s quite amusing that such thick book and so much plots and sub plots, and all that fits in just one week, in the time of the novel, that since it s carefully indicated on each chapter In many ways, this is my favorite Clavell novel I m kind of a big sucker for it It s a huge, vastly sweeping epic contained entirely within a single week in Hong Kong It s a blockbuster of a novel in every sense, bringing equal amounts of entertainment and intellectual provocation There s something else going on in this novel which gives it added joy for those who have devoured the rest of the Asian saga in Noble House, Clavell begins to tie together the characters from all his other novels The story focuses on the decendants of the characters in Tai Pan, while decendants of the characters of Shogun also make appearances And Peter Marlowe, who is Clavell s stand in for himself from King Rat, runs throughout the novel as a fairly important subplot, as an author who has recently achieved literary success with a novel about Changi, and is now researching a novel about Hong Kong a deli Another fantastic part of Clavell s Asian Saga, this continues the story of the Noble House, created by Dirk Struan in Tai Pan continued in Gai Jin It is set in Hong Kong takes place over a week or so in 1963 There are a LOT of words for such a short time period It s not as tight a story as Tai Pan, but similar in many other respects.Tai Pan took place in 1841, the founding of Hong Kong It follows the trials tribulations of Dirk Struan This book, Noble House, follows the green eyed devil s true heir through similar tribulations in Hong Kong over a century later The similarities differences are fantastic There are a lot of politics with crafty spies from China, America, England, Russia Cut throat business arrangements among these nations Japan play on a wildly open stock market banking system which tests Dunross ability as The Tai pan of the Noble House He s just a business man, yet one of the most influential people on the island who carries a number of cares that would break a lesser man.The blow by blow accounting of the week fits in an incredible amount of action There s very little rest for anyone as the perfectly drawn characters maneuver for position Motivations are wonderfully done There are no angels, but many sympathetic characters, especially Dunross, a main character that is easy to get behind, but even he isn t perfect The secondary characters are often as fully drawn full of surprises.The only complaint I had was that some of the Oriental characters were a bi

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