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am 16. Februar 2004
„Noble House" ist für mich Clavell's bester Roman. „Shogun" und „Tai-Pan" waren schon hervorragend, aber dieses Buch hier ist Extraklasse. Obwohl es mich vom Thema her eigentlich nicht hätte interessieren dürfen: Weder bin ich ein Hong Kong-Fan, noch interessiere ich mich sonderlich für Wirtschaft, Börse, Spionage oder feindliche Firmenübernahmen; also eigentlich denkbar schlechte Voraussetzungen für einen über 1300 Seiten langen Wirtschafts- und Spionagethriller...
Trotzdem: einmal mit dem Lesen angefangen, konnte ich nicht mehr aufhören; wie gut, daß es so lang ist! Ich weiß zwar nicht genau, wie Clavell es schafft, daß man sich an keiner Stelle langweilt, aber ich vermute, es liegt an der farbenprächtigen, detaillierten Schilderung eines exzentrischen, schnellebigen, aber auch gefährlichen Hong Kongs, das in der Form heute leider nicht mehr existiert; an dem extrem hohen Tempo, das Clavell vorlegt; und an den tollen Charakteren, in die man sich sofort hineinversetzen kann. Niemand ist hier einfach gut oder einfach nur böse- alle haben ihre Motive und Hintergedanken, und man weiß eigentlich nie so genau, wer jetzt wirklich wessen Freund oder Feind ist. Erstaunlich ist aber auch, daß man es schafft, bei den vielen Personen und Handlungssträngen noch den Überblick zu behalten- aber es ist in der Tat ganz einfach. Mußte ich zum Beispiel bei „Shogun" immer wieder auf eine Übersicht der einzelnen Charaktere zurückgreifen, um durchzusteigen, wäre so eine Übersicht hier unnötig gewesen.
Fazit: für alle Clavell-Liebhaber sowieso ein Muß, aber auch für Liebhaber von spannenden, detaillierten Büchern, die auch ein dicker Wälzer nicht schrecken kann. Für mich ein Meisterwerk und eines meiner absoluten Lieblingsbücher.
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am 7. August 1999
Noble House is undoubtedly Clavell's greatest work. Although Tai-pan, Shogun and King Rat are excellent books in their own right, Noble House keeps the reader enthralled to the last page. Tai-pan makes good reading in itself and serves as a prequel to Noble House. However, it is not necessary to read Tai-pan before Noble House. I did not but I still found this work exciting. The plots - CIA versus KGB versus PRC Intelligence versus MI-5/MI-6, Gornt versus Dunross versus Bartlett, Orlanda versus Casey and a variety of characters (other than those already mentioned), makes the 1400 plus pages light work - it is truly a classic by an author with deep insights in the culture and international relations of Hong Kong and its neighbours and trading partners. The boardroom drama is intense and Clavell leaves the reader guessing who will emerge winner until the end. I recommend this book to anyone.
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am 12. Oktober 1997
Noble House is a book that captures the essence of Hong Kong as the adventurers in all of us imagine it: a hot bed of passion, murder, and intrigue. Clavell was a pioneer in fiction about old Asia, and arguably, this is the best example of his work.
I found this book to be extreemly satifying and the conclusion of the book left me a bit sad; I didn't want the tale to end! Noble house is THAT kind of book. The characters all seems extremely vivid and capture the imagination, especially the Taipan of the Noble House, a role that Pierce Brosnan performs beautifully in the movie performance of this classic.
Recent novels which have attempted to describe Hong Kong and its people have been mediocre at best; many books simply are so far removed from the truth as to be laughable. Yet even here in Asia, Clavell and Noble House have captured a following which attestes to its authenticity and flavour. I can say nothing more than to ask you to read this epic novel and share the enjoyment that many ahve already experienced.
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am 29. Juni 2000
Noble House is one of those rare books that gets really under your skin. The setting, plot,and characterization are written so colorfully it's as if the reader is in Hong Kong watching the novel unfold. Noble House is an ancient British-owned (actually Scottish) Asian trading company based in Hong Kong. The novel captures how difficult it is for such a company to stay on top. The Noble House has to protect itself from hostile takeovers, foreign powers via the KGB, CIA, and MI-6, and internal strife to name a few such difficulties.
I consider myself to be an above average reader; the 1370 pages of Noble House flew by in a three day weekend.
If you like historical novels, this is a book for you.
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am 19. August 1997
Noble House is, quite simply, one of the five most enjoyable books I've ever read, and re-read, and re-read, and . . . you get the picture. Clavell has taken the wonderful foundation of Tai-Pan and Shogun and added new levels of depth and complexity.
At the beginning of the novel, young Ian Dunross assumes the mantle of Tai-Pan of the Noble House of Struan during a dark and stormy night and a dark and stormy period for the Noble House. The company's holdings are stretched to the limit, and that very night it loses a shipment of valuable contraband at sea. Dunross, heir to the title of Tai-Pan, or supreme leader, is also the kindred spirit to the company's founder, Dirk Struan, the legendary pirate, smuggler, and founder of the Noble House and Hong Kong. Dunross has also inherited the enduring hatred of the family's historical enemies, the Brocks, now personified in Quillan Gornt, head of the Second House. Gornt, a worthy adversary, has his own designs to topple Struan's and take over as the Noble House.
But so does everybody else in the novel, it seems, unless the characters are interested in international espionage involving the Soviet Union, Communist China, the United States, or good old England. Triple agents, royalty, thieves, kidnappers, murderers, gangsters, and businessmen rub shoulders in this tempest in the teapot of Hong Kong.
The key variables in this play are two Americans on a business trip, who hold the key to finiancial success in Hong Kong. Linc Bartlett is CEO, and his right-hand man is the beautiful woman, K.C. Tcholok. The Americans' ignorance of Hong Kong customs reflects the reader's, and injects a considerable amount of humor into the novel.
But, as with Clavell's first novel (Tai-Pan), the center of attention remains the tai-pan. Ian Dunross is the personification of what is good in the British Empire, even though he is as ruthless as they come. He guides the Noble House through a minefield without a map, using his business acumen, guts, and joss to see him through. A climactic ending to an epic story of love, business, and war is immensely satisfying, and leaves you begging for more (just like Tai-Pan, Shogun, and King Rat did before). A must-read!
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am 7. Januar 2013
Alles dabei was zu einem Wirtschaftskrimi oder besser Spionage Krimi gehört: Business, Love, Crime, History.
Sehr unterhaltsam mit vielen spannenden Personen - besonders interessant vorher "Tai Pan" zu lesen - am besten im Flugzeug nach HongKong ;-)
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am 3. Juli 2000
One of my 10 favorite books of all time. Better than Shogun. Great plot, well developed characters - I couldn't put the book down! Simply awesome work. Clavell's best and that says much!
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am 22. Dezember 1999
The book Noble House is an absolutely entrancing roller-coaster ride of a adventure! It is an account based on the famous trading house giant Jardine Matheson and Co. of Hong Kong which was founded in the early 19th century by William Jardine (the Dirk Struan of Clavell's Tai-Pan).
This book is absolutely a stunning tour-de-force of knowledge of the Bysantine complexities of Hong Kong's social and political intrigue- where long memories trigger hatreds and alliances that are invisible to those ignorant of custom and hisotry.
This novel absolutely gripped me. It has provided me with THOUSANDS of dollars of entertainment for a few pennies per hour! Read the first few pages, and you will be hooked! it is that good.
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am 22. Dezember 1999
The book Noble House is an absolutely entrancing roller-coaster ride of a adventure! It is an account based on the famous trading house giant Jardine Matheson and Co. of Hong Kong which was founded in the early 19th century by William Jardine (the Dirk Struan of Clavell's Tai-Pan).
This book is absolutely a stunning tour-de-force of knowledge of the Bysantine complexities of Hong Kong's social and political intrigue- where long memories trigger hatreds and alliances that are invisible to those ignorant of custom and hisotry.
This novel absolutely gripped me. It has provided me with THOUSANDS of dollars of entertainment for a few pennies per hour! Read the first few pages, and you will be hooked! it is that good.
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