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The Great McGinty
Georgetown Fan
Member since Jan 2017
1221 posts

Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
I'm just about 100 pages in and I can't put the book down. At first was a little confused when they would switch back and fourth between thoughts of characters. Now I can't wait to turn to the next page. Very well written.


rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
2925 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Such a great book. I get jealous when people start reading something of that level that I can never again enjoy for the first time. The actual history of Japan during that era is actually much more complex and compelling than the book, or any fiction book, can duplicate. One of these days i'm going to tackle Taiko or Musashi to get a gist of the real deal. Makes Game Of Thrones look simplistic. Have fun.


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auyushu
Auburn Fan
Surprise, AZ
Member since Jan 2011
6601 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Fantastic book. I highly suggest reading King Rat, Tai-pan, and Noble House by Clavell as well. All of them are outstanding.


Rockbrc
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Member since Nov 2015
4883 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Excellent book
Read the whole series--you won't be disappointed


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Azazello
Duke Fan
Chicago
Member since Sep 2011
2537 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Read it last year. Amazing book.


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lsu1919
LSU Fan
Member since May 2017
1456 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Might start this one next. Have had it for a while and just haven't opened it yet.


Loubacca
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Member since Feb 2005
3834 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
After you finish the book, the mini-series isn't that bad either. Obviously it's not near the level of the book, but I enjoyed it.


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thatguy1892
Alabama Fan
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Member since Aug 2011
4623 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Love this novel. Read it a few years ago and knew I wanted to read the rest of The Asian Saga. Read Tai-pan last year, and to me it was even better. You have picked a fantastic one, my friend.
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BloodSweat&Beers
East Carolina Fan
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Member since Jan 2012
7629 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
I don't know why I have not read this book.


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theGarnetWay
South Carolina Fan
Washington, D.C.
Member since Mar 2010
18838 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
quote:

I highly suggest reading King Rat, Tai-pan,


No Gai-Jin? Loved Gai-Jin.

I read through Shogun once and loved it. Haven't read it in years though and definitely should put it in line for a re-read.

Hell, for one reason or another I stopped at King Rat. Should probably just work through the whole series.


auyushu
Auburn Fan
Surprise, AZ
Member since Jan 2011
6601 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
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No Gai-Jin? Loved Gai-Jin.


I enjoyed Gai-Jin and Whirlwind (after the first 150-200 pages anyway, which are pretty slow) a fair bit, but I just don't consider them on the same level as the other books in his Asian Saga. The entire series is definitely well worth reading for sure though.

I guess the best way I can put it is I have read Tai-pan, Noble House, King Rat, and Shogun at least twice each, and I've only read the other two once (and had no particular urge to read them again).
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chity
LSU Fan
Chicago, il
Member since Dec 2008
2800 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Should the Asian series be read in sequence or are they pretty independent of each other?


rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
2925 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Shogun is clearly the best and occurs first anyway. Taipan and its sequels need to be read in order. King Rat is a stand alone.


FootballNostradamus
Clemson Fan
Member since Nov 2009
19855 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
I might have to try this one again. I feel like I tried it a couple years ago, and it never clicked. I remember being so excited for it as the Japanese fascinate me. Perhaps I'll try it again.


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TheGooner
LSU Fan
Baton Rewage
Member since Jul 2016
398 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Tai-Pan and Noble House are two of my all time favorite novels.

I actually purchased a small stock position in Jardines as a result of these books. The current Tai-Pan is Sir Henry Keswick.


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tigger1
Member since Mar 2005
2660 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Great book, you should notice late in the book he his all these plots going and raps it up very quick. I thought it should have been about 400 pages more and found out later he had planned a much larger book but was told to cut it short.

Great writer loved all his works.


rebelrouser
Furman Fan
Columbia, SC
Member since Feb 2013
2925 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
That makes sense. It ends much too quickly but you do get the sense that their is an ongoing struggle that will not end quickly and that is what was really going on in Japan at the time. Hell, he could have written at least three more books to continue the story.


FootballNostradamus
Clemson Fan
Member since Nov 2009
19855 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Currently about 10% into my second attempt at reading this, and I already know why I stopped the first time. Clavell's imagination and ability to weave a story is awesome, and I love ancient Japanese culture, but holy shite this dude's writing style is horrific. He is all over the lace, zero structure, jumps from narrator to narrator mid-paragraph, so difficult to follow.

I'm going to continue because I really do like the story, but holy shite it's difficult to read this dude.


The Levee
LSU Fan
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Member since Feb 2006
6207 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Ha I just started this book as well. About 60 pages in.


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Ace Midnight
LSU Fan
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Member since Dec 2006
65116 posts

re: Currently reading Shogun by James Clavell
Clavell is underrated.


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