Tai-Pan by James Clavell

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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!

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About James Clavell

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James Clavell, who died in 1994, was a screenwriter, director, producer, and novelist born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Although he wrote the screenplays for a number of acclaimed films, including The Fly (1958), The Great Escape (1963), and To Sir With Love (1967), he is best known for his epic novels in his Asian Saga.
Published November 14, 2008 by Dell. 610 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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The story's burden is will Struan's legitimate son prove worthy of becoming Tai-Pan, or will his much brighter natural Chinese son, the leader of Hong Kong's anarchist movement?

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Not long after President Nixon made his breakthrough trip here in 1972, there was the well-known New York television producer who rejected a ''typical'' family chosen for her by the Chinese because one of the children had jug ears.

Apr 27 1986 | Read Full Review of Tai-Pan


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