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Noble House [Paperback]

James Clavell
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5.0 out of 5 stars A MASTERPIECE WORTHY OF THE TAIPAN! Sept. 29 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
James Clavell was a WONDERFUL Writer (yes, with a capital W) and NOBLE HOUSE was a gift he left to us!

Through his eyes we visit Hong Kong in the 1970's. Clavell, like a virtuoso connaisseur of the human condition he is, manages to interweave a multitude of stories into a continuous carpet of a city living fast, taking risks, winning and loosing but never giving up.
Heads of huge conglomerates on the verge of foundering - yet never letting go of their rival's throat; dirt-poor Chinese maids striking it rich by a sudden turn of their joss; photographer-Wo and his trophy collection; drug-running smugglers asking for favors-you-can't-refuse; cold war spy networks riddled with double and triple agents; an American stock-market runner trying his hand in raiding Hong Kong companies; ladies getting "pillowed", men getting wooed, fortunes made and lost in the 10 days these all take place. Will the Noble House survive?

To quote Balzac, behind every great fortune lies crime. To prove him right, Noble House is but a thinly veiled reference to Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd, a real company. Anticlimactically, although a British company operating in China, it is nowadays incorporated in Bermuda - and trying to forget its opium-running past (like so many City of London companies respectable today yet founded on drugs and dead natives).

All these stories are presented masterfully, without ever loosing the reader's interest or dropping the ball of building tension. There were less than a dozen writers who could do this - starting with Homer.

My copy was so worn I had to replace it.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Aug. 17 2012
By Marc
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An amazing book. So much more than the 80's tv special. Brings you back to its original settings in the 60's and the turmoil before vietnam and so forth
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3.0 out of 5 stars detailed and intriguing !! June 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A very good novel about Hong Kong. As a native of Hong Kong, it fascinates me.
To my knowledge. all the events that took place in this book had happened in Hong Kong or Asia in some ways.
I must , however, comment that it is much too long for the layman who is not familiar with Hong Kong or China. This is not a spy novel nor a thriller and I wonder if such a person have the patience or time to go through it. In this day and age of television, this could be a great TV series but such a long and detailed book may not have much appeal. In any case, I must commend James Clavell for producing this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Winded Oct. 8 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Clavell's last book of his epic series. I am glad that I read Tai-Pan (thanks to another customer review's suggestion), so that I was able to follow the characters and historic development of Noble House. Noble House is much better than Tai-Pan and is definitely an easier read.
Noble House has a pretty good plot. I found the Russia, world-domination plot a little underdeveloped and could have been wiped out entirely out of the equation, thus, saving a couple hundred pages of this lengthy 1200+ epic novel.
The main characters are exciting to follow: Ian Dunross, Casey, Bartlett, Quillan Gornt, 4 Fingers Wu. Some are developed enough to recognize throughout the novel: Peter Marlowe, Brian Kwok, Philip and John Chen, Suslev. And some could have been left out: Haply, Inspector Smyth, Havergill, etc.
A pretty decent read, but very, very long. This could have been shortened and still be a powerful novel - even more so.
It makes sense to read these in order because of continuing saga's. I took the shortcut and only read Tai-Pan and Noble House and this was enough to follow the storyline.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Noble House Jan. 8 2012
As I said earlier I was very disappointed because I did not receive a new copy of Noble House, but with your recent refund of 20 % I reappraised your standing to 4 star. G.W. Sampson
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By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
if you've only heard of clavell because of the excellent shogun, then you have so far missed out on his greatest work: noble house. the plot is so rich and there is so much humour also that you will wish the book was even longer than it is. you cannot miss this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many loose ends... Sept. 8 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Clavell's novels have a great way of continuing at the end. Life goes on. But in "Noble House" Clavell simply introduces too many segues. The last 200 pages or so of the book seemed rushed, and the book simply ends with too many loose ends. A little frustrating after 1370 pages.
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4.0 out of 5 stars At times challenging but rewarding Sept. 7 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in Hong Kong during the 1960's, the plot of Noble House concerns the business and political dealings of all of the most important and wealthy people on the island. Along with Tai-Pan, I would rate this as the best book of Clavell. Although at times he goes into too much detail on some topics, such as finance, this is generally a thrilling book, with some genuinely exciting plot twists. I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys long, sweeping epics.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A typical action-drama
Not bad, if you like a story about businessmen wheeling and dealing, although a bit long.
Published on June 2 2004 by Paul Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than taipan
This book is the best book i ever read, but again this book is not recommended for lower class because it might offend them. But if your in upper class well one must have it.
Published on May 20 2004 by za
4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Shane Kennedy - Author of Highbinders
Author James Clavell wrote six epic novels that he referred to as "The Asian Saga" consisting of Shogun, Tai-Pan, Gai-Jin, King Rat, Noble House, and Whirlwind. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2003 by Shane Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge, engrossing novel!!!
This book doesn't have the historical sweep, grandeur and other-worldly feel of SHOGUN, but it is even more densely packed with political and personal machinations, intrigue,... Read more
Published on Sept. 17 2003 by RMurray847
2.0 out of 5 stars Gave up half-way through...
I guess I'll have to be a wet blanket and say - I couldn't finish it. I made it about half-way through and just couldn't keep all the characters straight and trying to understand... Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb story
James Clavell didn't disappoint me. The story is exciting, you never know what comes next. The ending is great, unlike Tai Pan's abrupt conclusion. Read more
Published on July 6 2003 by Francisco Ramirez Espa˝a Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING !!! Clavell's Best
Layers of intrigue. I did not want his book to end. TAI PAN was great but this was better. One of my Top Ten favorite books of all time. Read more
Published on May 27 2003 by A Reviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book That You Won't Want to End
I must have been reading Noble House for about 4 months. The book is huge. When I brought the book to the pool at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Las Vegas, I had people tell me that... Read more
Published on May 26 2003 by Crossfit Len
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing
This was the first James Clavell book I had read, and now I am eager to read all of the others. In a word, Noble House is amazing. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2003 by Randyll McDermott
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