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EBOOK È EPUB Tai Pan by James Clavell è ☆ [Read] ➳ Tai Pan ➯ James Clavell – Danpashley.co.uk An Alternate Cover of this edition can be found hereSet in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the 1840s Tai Pan is the story of Dirk Struan the ruler the Tai Pan of the most powerful t An Alternate A master manipulator of men This is the story of his fight to establish himself and his dynasty as the undisputed masters of the Orie I meant to start with Shogun and this book was available at the library so I started here first It was a great story of how Hong Kong was under British rule It was a great read and James Clavell is a talented author I plan on reading of these Asian Saga's

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An Alternate Cover of this edition can be found hereSet in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the s Tai Pan is the sto MOVIE ADDENDUM ADDED SEPT 13th 2014”’Joss’ was a Chinese word that meant Luck and Fate and God and the devil combined” Hong Kong was just a cluster of fishing villages when the English traders arrived in 1841 The port uickly proved a safe haven to ships even impervious to TyphoonsDirk Lochlin Struan is a Scotsman who has spent a good part of his adult life in the orient amassing a fleet of clipper ships and a great fortune He is called the Tai Pan He has made his own joss by being smarter ruthless accumulating wealth and being stronger than his opponents He calls his company The Noble House The company is built along clan lines with loyalty being first among the most weighted characteristics for joining his empire and by association those selected will also benefiting from his protection Before anyone has a chance to show loyalty they have to prove something than just competence They have to be really good at something that is useful something that will strengthen “the clan” Struan is tough on people but that comes from the struggles he experienced reaching the top of the mountain He knows how merciless life can be and his primary goal every day is to protect what is his and the people he cares about He has a nemesis Tyler Brock who is as tough and unyielding as Struan A man who has been eually successful but always seems to come up second best He simply isn’t as smart as the Tai Pan but he covets the honorary title They hate and despise each other but than once as the plot unfolds they find themselves allied in a common cause They are certainly nay gentlemen but they do honor their own version of a gentlemanly code Dirk’s son Cullum comes out from London and is appalled to discover the man his father has become He is rather harsh on Struan long before he understands the circumstances that have shaped his father Whatever rules Cullum may believe exist in England dinna necessarily translate to the rough and ready wilds of empire building ”You used to be God to me But in the thirty days I’ve been here I’ve come to know you for what you are Killer Murderer Pirate Opium smuggler Adulterer You buy and sell people You’ve sired bastards and you’re proud of them and your name stinks in the nostrils of decent people”Well Cullum sigh you have very set opinions for someone who hasn’t even walked a mile beside him yet and certainly not a step in the very boots that built this empire Struam is undeterred by Cullum’s assessment and plans to have him take over as the Tai Pan when he decides to return to England to run for parliament He will mold the lad whether the lad knows it or not Run for parliament you say With a Chinese mistress and a slew of bastards in tow There are better options half a dozen at least of the womengirls he knows who would help to open doors for him but there is just one damn problemHELOVESMay May He will marry her and let them be damned if they dinna like it He has never met a problem that a cascade of silver won’t fix by God Joan Chen plays May May in the 1986 film versionMay May is breathtakingly lovely descended from an honorable and rich family who made the decision to sell her to the Tai Pan to have someone they trust close to the source of English power This is 1841 and the first Opium War is in full flower Concessions to the barbarians will have to be made Hong Kong and Struan the devil man has the ear of the English politician Longstaff or as the Chinese refer to him Odious PenisThere is the rather odd but refreshing character of Aristotle uance a man almost completely depended on the traders mostly Struan for his support He is a painter preferably of beautiful young women He is graced with a silver tongue capable of talking them out of clothes than they areat firstwilling to part with He has a wife who hounds him from one whorehouse to the next as he tries to stay one step ahead of her iron grip He might be the happiest person in this new world that is about to be carved out of the coast of China ”And he realized he was witnessing the end of an era he was also part of a new one Now he had new history to eyewitness and record New faces to draw New ships to paint A new city to perpetuate And new girls to flirt with and new bottoms to pinch”Well if he can keep one step ahead of the wife by GodJames Clavell explores the politics of the time He brings to light the manipulations that occur behind locked doors over a glass or two of good port or brandy with results that benefit the few over the many Profits are king and certainly the opium and tea trade were important to the British economy The insistence of the Chinese in receiving only silver bullion for tea actually destabilizes the British economy as silver becomes scarce and afternoon tea became jeopardized There have been grain riots tax riots draft riots religious riots but no one wants to see a British TEA riot by God We see the rise of the Triads during this time as well and in this story Gordon Chen a bastard of Struan with his head for intrigue is the head of the movement He is a man trapped between cultures not fully accepted or rejected by either one Chen is torn between his loyalty to his people and his loyalty to Struan He plans for any contingencies and shows resilience in the face of a series of setbacks beyond his control This is an epic tale with Shakespearean romance typhoons love and malaria incest discord between fathers and sons the building of a city of trade lust complicated characters with tangled relationships and an exploration of the power of possession These larger than life figures are battling on a small and large scale for what is theirs but also for what will be their childrens and their children’s children I was very impressed with the depth of the plot the deftness with which Clavell pulled me into the story and the breadth and scope he was willing to manfully shoulder to bring these characters to life James Clavell based Dirk Struan on William Jardine who built the Princely House of Jardine Matheson Co of Hong KongDirk Struan peers at the world through jaded eyes but clearly and astutely He sometimes knows the intentions of a person before they even know it themselves He is harsh but capable of great tenderness He is unpredictable but only seemingly so because he gauges every situation by much than just what is before him His projections become truths adding a mystical uality to his persona He devours information and knows how to use it While others sleep he studies He fixes what is broke before it snaps As unearthly as it seems to those who know him it is no mystery to me why he isthe Tai Pan ”Man is born to die Father I just try to protect mysel’ and mine as best I know how and to choose the time of my dying that’s all”A very interesting link that explains the history of this time period It was so kindly supplied by Margitte I watched the movie There is so much missing from the plot of the book that I'm not really sure how anyone can watch the movie and understand what is going on At different points Sean Connery Roger Moore and Steve Mcueen were attached to the project but negotiations fell through each time Bryan Brown was cast to play Dirk Struan and actually plays the part well Joan Chen is absolutely stunning as May May but despite the efforts of the two main actors the movie proves unsatisfactory This story really should have been a mini series like Shogun and Noble House Anybody who may have had thoughts of watching the movie instead of reading the book unlikely on GR would be incredibly short changed from the epic experience that only the book can provide If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at can also find terrific reviews at

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Tai Pan by James ClaveRy of Dirk Struan the ruler the Tai Pan of the most powerful trading company in the Far East He is also a pirate an opium smuggler and Wanted to get a nice concise history of Hong Kong ended up with James Clavell's Tai Pan I read Shogun when I was 14 and remember liking it enough to read through the 1000 pages and that sex scene with the anal beads Blew my 14 year old mind And my DAD had read the book Yikes Maybe my taste is different now but Tai Pan is pretty dissapointing Lots of cool historical details but they feel a bit shoe horned in and the main character is well basically perfect At least in James Clavell's mind Big lusty Scottish pirate with a crazy dream to unite the traditions of China and Europe I dunno still weird to have an unambiguously good character who is basically a wealthy drug dealer that started a war with China to protect his opium trade I gave up on this 200 pages in