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Noble house: A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong (1981 original; edició 1981)

de James Clavell

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This spellbinding adventure is a literary triumph that proves once again why James Clavell's books have become modern classics. Set in Hong Kong in 1963, the action of Noble House spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes - fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are also days filled with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong - the heart of Asia - rich in every trade... money, flesh, opium, power.… (més)
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Títol:Noble house: A Novel of Contemporary Hong Kong
Autors:James Clavell
Informació:Delacorte Press (1981), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 1206 pages
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Etiquetes:Fiction / Historical / China

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Noble House de James Clavell (1981)

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    Tai-Pan de James Clavell (Crozier)
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    Gai-Jin de James Clavell (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Written after Noble House but taking place before, describes the origin of "Hag" Struan and ties in the Shogun storyline; best read first, if it's not too late!
  3. 10
    The thistle and the jade: A celebration of 150 years of Jardine, Matheson & Co de Maggie Keswick (Crozier)
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    The Baron and the Chinese Puzzle de Anthony Morton (benfulton)
    benfulton: The two books share interesting insights on Hong Kong politics.
  5. 11
    Jardine Matheson: Traders of the Far East de Robert Blake (Crozier)
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HONG KONG,1963.O AR PARECE IMPREGNADO PELO CHEIRO DE DINHEIRO EA LUTA POPR ELE PENETRA EM TODAS AS CAMADAS .A CASA NOBRE, O MAIS ANTIGO ESTABELECIMENTO COMERCIAL DA COLONIA ,ATRAVESSA GRAVE CRISE FINANCEIRA.
  bibmunmirim | Jun 17, 2021 |
DNF. Hate to say that about a book, but I'm being realistic. I will never finish this. Just didn't interest me enough. What I did read was decent though, I guess. ( )
  expatb | Jun 8, 2020 |
Written in 1981 but set in 1963, Noble House is the flip side view of Hong Kong from another novel set in the colony during the late 1950s, The World of Suzie Wong. Whereas Suzie Wong was a sympathetic portrait of cheongsam clad prostitutes desperate to survive in the muck and poverty of Hong Kong, Noble House is a lengthy soap opera detailing cheongsam clad dragon ladies and their wealthy husbands and boyfriends.

This is not meant to disparage Noble House, where once again James Clavell demonstrates his skill and talent at composing a strong narrative that weaves in and out of one side story after another. But it is a soap opera and clearly departs from the historical fiction and autobiographical fiction it is based upon from earlier works--Tai-Pan, Shogun, and King Rat. Those earlier works stand apart from Noble House, I believe, as works of literature, and in the case of King Rat, serious literature.

Noble House, in addition to being good soap opera, is a clear product of its time. Although set in 1963, its tone and emphasis is not too dissimilar from the 1980s' obsessions with wealth, glitter, and fame. As such, the novel seems right at home with the likes of television series such as Dallas, Dynasty, or even Robin Leach's Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Clavell was mining gold with this book. It fit right in to its decade, which probably explains why, when Noble House was made into a mini-series, it was updated to the time of its airing, 1988.

Otherwise, the novel is filled with annoying and dislikable characters--again typical of the 1980s' tele-soaps. Linc Bartlett is a beer-sipping amoral sleaze who deserves his fate. The Tai-Pan, the hero of the novel, Ian Dunross, is a ruthless narcissist whose superficial charm leaves him at the end also pictured appropriately--alone, overlooking Hong Kong, and jubilant in his destruction of his foes. And Quillan Gornt, Dunross' nemesis? He is someone who slips from being amoral to immoral, a sexual predator. Casy Tcholok, Dunross' executive vice president, takes her place among the roster of strong, calculating women who fill Clavell's work. But even she disappoints at the end, exiting HK with lots of money but mostly tears and regrets.

About the only sympathetic character is Peter Marlowe, the erstwhile POW from Clavell's earlier novel, King Rat. Marlowe, of course, is based on Clavell himself. Working on a novel about HK, Marlowe notes the attraction and the disgrace that is HK. In fact, the reader cannot help but remember the rat farm at the end of King Rat and how HK itself might be seen as one overpopulated rat farm, with Darwinian rules for survival. The end of the novel, with its devastating mud and landslides only reinforces this feeling. How different from the similar ending of Suzie Wong, where the death and destruction of the mudslides serves to reveal the inherent humanity and perseverance of the people on the other end of the scale of those depicted in Noble House. ( )
  PaulCornelius | Apr 12, 2020 |
PRIMERA GAVETA PARTE DE ARRIBA
  ERNESTO36 | Apr 26, 2019 |
Match found in the German National Library.
  glsottawa | Apr 4, 2018 |
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Dit is natuurlijk een roman. De mensen en maatschappijen, die erin voorkomen zijn denkbeeldig en er worden geen toespelingen gemaakt op personen of maatschappijen, die nu of in het verleden iets met Hongkong of Azië te maken hebben of hebben gehad.
Ik wil me verontschuldigen tegenover alle Hongkong yan - alle mensen uit Hongkong - voor het feit dat ik met de plattegrond van hun stad heb geknoeid, voor het feit dat ik mensen, plaatsen, straten, maatschappijen en gebeurtenissen heb verzonnen die, naar ik hoop, levensecht lijken, maar die nooit bestaan hebben omdat dit zuiver een verhaal is...
Of course this is a novel. It is peopled with imaginary persons and companies and no reference to any person or company that was, or is, part of Hong Kong or Asia is intended.
I would also like to apologize at once to all Hong Kong yan—all Hong Kong persons—for rearranging their beautiful city, for taking incidents out of context, for inventing people and places and streets and companies and incidents that, hopefully, may appear to have existed but have never existed, for this, truly, is a story. . . .
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I would like to offer this work as a tribute to Her Britannic Majesty, Elizabeth II, to the people of Her Crown Colony of Hong Kong—and perdition to their enemies.
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His name was Ian Dunross and in the torrential rain he drove his old MG sports car cautiously around the corner into Dirk's Street that skirted the Struan Building on the waterfront of Hong Kong.
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This spellbinding adventure is a literary triumph that proves once again why James Clavell's books have become modern classics. Set in Hong Kong in 1963, the action of Noble House spans scarcely more than a week, but these are days of high adventure: from kidnapping and murder to financial double-dealing and natural catastrophes - fire, flood, landslide. Yet they are also days filled with all the mystery and romance of Hong Kong - the heart of Asia - rich in every trade... money, flesh, opium, power.

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