Tai-Pan

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 12, 2008 - Fiction - 736 pages
17 Reviews

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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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A foul-mouthed tale about the unpleasant people who set up Hong Kong. One hopes the Chinese settlers were nicer people. But I enjoyed "King Rat" for what it was, and I read this book. B grade entertainment Read full review

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User Review  - agdturner - LibraryThing

West meets East, the English and Chinese in particular at the birth of Honk Kong. A great tale of pirates, trading, war, settling and corruption, this novel has a bit of everything including stories ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
104
Section 3
128
Section 4
137
Section 5
240
Section 6
249
Section 7
301
Section 8
317
Section 16
441
Section 17
472
Section 18
519
Section 19
520
Section 20
573
Section 21
582
Section 22
604
Section 23
623

Section 9
341
Section 10
350
Section 11
369
Section 12
381
Section 13
388
Section 14
398
Section 15
431
Section 24
664
Section 25
676
Section 26
685
Section 27
694
Section 28
703
Section 29
720
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About the author (2008)

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.


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