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... Hi 'Saga ... Curious, do you prefer Tai Pan to Shogun ..?
Shogun is my favorite novel of all time. Literally shit my pants when Mariko died.
I would say yes but that is in no way an indictment against Shogun. Mostly because I was particularly drawn to Clavell's "green-eyed devil'" Dirk Struan. I just found him to be an exceptionally likeable and fascinating character. Shogun is probably a cut above the rest of Clavell's works if you examine them by their literary merit alone, but each book In the Saga has its own charm. The weakest of the bunch was Gai-Jin in my opinion but Clavell gets a pass as he was dying More.. from cancer while he was attempting to complete it. Whirlwind was particularly fascinating in my opinion mostly for its depictions of the Iranian landscape and political climate during that time period. If I had to rate my favorites in order they would go:
Tai-Pan, Noble House, Shogun, Whirlwind, King Rat, Gai-Jin.
My wife and I are actually naming our daughter after a character within his works. Less..
@AsianSaga ... very interesting ... thanks for the reply ... Shogun's my fave then King Rat ... didn't know about him wirting his last book on cancer :( ... hope your daughter appreciates the reference ...
Thank you very much. We are planning on naming her Marlowe in reference to Phillip Marlowe (King Rat, Noble House) who interestingly enough was a mirror image of Clavell himself.
@AsianSaga ... I really liked Marlowe ... great character ... lots of US vs UK differences in their relationship ...
hey bud, just came over to tell you how much you make me laugh.
I like the cut of your jib.
your mma comment made me blow ice tea out my nose
"munch my ass" haha too funny
reading your comments on here, I like your comments on the books you read,
I actually just read shogun again, what a great story
I have also read several on your list, "once a great notion" all time favorite, and I agree with Marquez, great stuff
nothing by Steinbeck? also, how about the art o More..f war? something I think every young man should read at some point in his life
Thank you kindly for the complimentary words. Glad that you enjoy some of the nonsense I post on here. It's rather cathartic for me actually.
Truth be told I've never read The Art of War, but I plan to in the near future.
As for Steinbeck, I've read my fair share and can certainly appreciate his body of work but more often than not I tend to gravitate away from American authors for whatever reason. I've read much of Hemingway and Vonnegut as well, but am more partial to James Baldw More..in and Bernard Malamud as far as American writers go. Oh, and Faulkner was staggeringly brilliant and a true pleasure to read. Also, I was mesmerized by Ayn Rand's writing. She was a woman far ahead of her time, and she had massive gumption to express some of her views as a woman in the mid-20th century. I will make it a point to read Art of War. Thanks again. Sure I will see ya around one way or another Less..
I've seen some very humorous stuff that made me say WTF, so I had to join up.
Well thank you much. Plenty of room aboard this ship of fools.
12th century Swedish wood-carving is worth a sub.
... subbed (thought I already had) ... cheers for the thumbs :)
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