Originally posted by Anjin
My favorite books are; Shogun (by far my all time favorite)
You mentioned that your "all time favorite" book was James Clavell's Shogun
. Shogun is, incidentally, one of my own "all time favorites"
as well. I just wonder whether you have gone on to read some of Clavell's other books?
Shogun is actually the first book in what can easily be considered a series.
Try reading Tai Pan
followed by Gai-Jin
. Although the books were not necessarily written to be a series, I have found them to be most
satisfying and complimentary when read in this fashion.
is a "stand alone" novel set in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp. An excellent read which reflect some of Clavell's own experiences
and perceptions as he, hemself, was a POW in the hands of the Japanese.
After reading King Rat
, you might actually consider renting the film of the same name. Starring George Segal, "King Rat", the film, is a
surprisingly good adaptation of the novel.
You might follow up this reading list with Clavell's novel of Iran, Whirlwind -- during the time of fundamentalist revolution and the overthrow of
the Shah. Again, Clavell brings his own experiential insight into this particularly relevant event as Clavell spent a considerable time living in
Iran. Again, a good read.
I have deliberately excluded Clavell's , Noble House
from this list. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's a good book but, for some reason, it
never really "grabbed" me. Maybe it's time that I gave it another chance? Regardless, I still recommend this book as I wholeheartedly recommend
all of this great writer's works.
Here's some bio material on James Clavell
He has an amazing career as a screenwriter as well as being a novelist. Does the movie "The Fly" ring a bell?
Anyway, in my opinion, James Clavell is certainly a good choice for some reading material. One could certainly do worse.