The Epic Novel of the Birth of Modern Japan
Delta, Paperback, 9780385343275, 1092pp.
Publication Date: May 19, 2009
"The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House...the direct""descendant of the first Toranaga Shogun battling to usher his country into the modern""age...a beautiful young French woman forever torn between ambition and desire.".."Their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners," gai-jin, " torn apart by greed, idealism, and terrorism. Their passions mingle with monarchs and diplomats, assassins, courtesans and spies. Their fates collide in James Clavell's latest masterpiece set in nineteenth-century Japan--an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions....
“With great skill and intelligence…Gai-Jin is just the ticket. It has it all: murders, battles, rapes, earthquakes, sword fights, insanely convoluted political intrigues, and innumerable accounts of ‘pillowing’ with beautiful women.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“A grand historical perspective that makes us feel we’re understanding how today’s Japan came into being…absorbing…full of rich characters and complicated action.” —New York Times
“Engrossing…entertaining…the broad portrait is accurate and as colorful as an ancient Kabuki play.”—People
"Breathtaking....worth every word, every ounce, every penny."—Associated Press