It is the early 19th century, when European traders and adventurers first began to penetrate the forbidding Chinese mainland. And it is in this exciting time and exotic place that a giant of an Englishman, Dirk Straun, sets out to turn the desolate island of Hong Kong into an impregnable fortress of British power, and to make himself supreme ruler…Tai-Pan! - From Paperback Edition
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New York, NY
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Tai-Pan, historic fiction
This book weaves together several themes and gives insight into the culture of both Chinese and Westerners at the time that Hong Kong was ceded to England: piracy, opium trade, slavery, Chinese buracracy, English colonialism. At first all the characters are hard to keep straight, but the book is long, and if you persevere, you begin to care for them and are rewarded with a clearer understanding of early Hong Kong, as well.