The heir to the magnificent English trading company, the Noble House; the direct descendant of the first Toranaga Sh?gun, battling to usher his country into the modern age; a beautiful young Frenchwoman forever torn between ambition and desire-their lives intertwine in an exotic land newly open to foreigners, gai-jin, and 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 masterpiece set in nineteenth-century Japan-an unforgettable epic seething with betrayal and secrets, brutality and heroism, love and forbidden passions.
A good read but not Clavell's best.
However, it is still worth fighting through, as Clavell's love of Asian culture and history are clear to see; though too much time is spent detailing the lives and affairs of the British and other traders in Yokohama, the account of life in nineteenth century Japan is quite fascinating at times.
Given the bits of the family and company history this fills in, though, I'm looking forward to my re-read of Noble House in the near future.