This spellbinding adventure is a literary triumph that proves once again why James Clavell's books have become modern classics.
Set in Hong Kong in 1963, the action of Noble House spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes - fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are also days filled with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong - the heart of Asia - rich in every trade...money, flesh, opium, power.
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Like Bombay of shantaram by Gregory the same about hongkong by James clavell . It was so good that you do not want to stop . You feel like listening it all the time .
This is my third book by James clavell
I had already read the last 2 about 30 years ago and I really enjoyed it.
Also saw the mini series of
If you're a fan of Clavell or his Asian Saga, don't skip this one. I almost stopped the series after Tai Pan, only interested in the ancient East Asia. However I later continued into the twentieth century with King Rat and Noble House. These two novels reference each other and I found them very engaging. Also interesting that Clavell includes a characature of himself in these stories, the writer Peter Marlow.
I wasn't really sure what I was getting myself into when starting this Asian series by Clavell.
It seemed to take forever to plow thru all 4 books. Somewhere in the beginning or middle of each one, I wanted to give up but somehow, I just had this nagging intrigue to find out how everything worked out.
My conversation IQ with friends and family in regards to Asian culture went wayyy up. I had been hooked!
The Noble House was by far my favorite book in the series. The writing didn't feel as 'choppy' as in the first 3 books. I did look for the predictable natural catastrophe and fire that Clavell seems to cling on to. Of course, some main character or characters get killed.
I was a bit surprised with the underlying sexual tension that seemed to permeate thru all 4 books. I got the sense that Clavell was envious of the accepted open sexual culture in Asia. It seemed to be a constant reference thought.
The inner glimpses of Chinese and Japanese society were absolutely priceless. Often, we hear of British culture thru out the world i.e. India, Africa and etc. but the stiff upper lip of Britain in Hong Kong was heavily influenced by the Chinese culture which absolutely mesmerized me.
If you have the time, curiosity and intellect, don't give any of these 4 books a 2nd thought. Down load them and immerse yourself into a fascinating culture of Western and Eastern cultures homogenized on that far distant island of Hong Kong.
Intricately woven tapasty. Great universe building. I felt like I really know the characters. Felt like I was watching a great tv show.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
I love James Clavell and have read all of his books before (including Noble House which I have read at least three times previously). This narrator is the best that I have heard for a James Clavell book on audible.
Noble House is a completely brilliant book, full of fabulous characters, excitement and Hong Kong.
I highly recommend this.
Quite a huge cast of characters, best to listen while not multi-tasking as you will find yourself rewinding often. A great plot, great performance, great book! This will not disappoint, now off to see the mini series to see how it compares.
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