Author(s): James Clavell
"A fabulous epic of the Far East that will disturb and excite you . . . a thrilling and enticing tale of adventure and human relationships . . . dramatic episodes, exotic vignettes and heady descriptive passages."--Baltimore Sun
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
Praise for Tai-Pan
" James] Clavell is, as always, a matchless tale-spinner."--Cosmopolitan
"Every five or six years there appears on the horizon a book so vast in scope, so peopled with bold, colorful characters, it eclipses other efforts. . . . Such a book is Tai-Pan."--Pittsburgh Press
"Grand entertainment...packed with action...gaudy and flanboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder...fresh and vigorous." --The New York Times
The bestselling classic set in the turbulent days of the founding of Hong Kong repackaged for a new generation of readers.
'Packed with action ... gaudy and flamboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder ... grand entertainment' -- New York Times 'Intensely readable and exciting' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Intensely readable and exciting' -- Sunday Telegraph 'James Clavell is a teller of stories. They are complicated and exciting, and you are desperate to know what will happen to his characters because they are like the people you know from your own life and experience, set in strange and sometimes terrible circumstances' -- John Simpson 'Packed with action ... gaudy and flamboyant with blood and sin, treachery and conspiracy, sex and murder ... grand entertainment' -- New York Times
James Clavell, the son of a Royal Navy family, was educated in Portsmouth before, as a young artillery officer, he was captured by the Japanese at the Fall of Singapore. After the war Clavell worked in the film industry producing a number of successful films including To Sir with Love. He died in 1994.