Dirk Struan was the ruler - the Tai-Pan - of the most powerful trading company in the Far East. He was also a pirate, an opium smuggler, a master manipulator of men, a ruthless intriguer and a mighty lover. Set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the 1840s, Tai-Pan is the... show more
Dirk Struan was the ruler - the Tai-Pan - of the most powerful trading company in the Far East. He was also a pirate, an opium smuggler, a master manipulator of men, a ruthless intriguer and a mighty lover.
Set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong in the 1840s, Tai-Pan is the exciting story of a man and an island. For Dirk Struan was determined to transform the barren island called Hong Kong into the brightest jewel of the British Empire. And the opium run was the surest and most dangerous way for him to achieve riches beyond imagination.
Publish date: 1982
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Pages no: 702
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Asian Literature
Clavell potrafi zachęcić by czytelnik sam, niezależnie od lektury zaczął zagłębiać się w historyczny epizod Wojen Opiumowych i powstania HongKongu. Świetnie jest również ukazany kontrast kulturowy, pełen socjologicznych idiomów, trudności dogłębnego przeniknięcia mentalności Azjatów.
What a fantastic book! I had read Shogun a couple of years ago and that book became one of my all time favorites. I don't know why it took me so long to try another book by Clavell, but I am glad I did. Tai-Pan is not quite as good as Shogun, but it was still an exciting read with a little bit of...
Not as good as Shogun but still well written and worthwhile. Also set in Japan with rich history, characters and plotting.
Like Shogun, a very enjoyable fictional account of Europeans in the Far East at a decisive time in history. I think I prefered Shogun overall, but I did very much enjoy this one too.
Great, great book. Love Clavell's writing. Will read again in the future. So very good!