Historical > Far East

    Hawaii by James A. Michener

As the volcanic Hawaiian Islands sprout from the ocean floor, the land remains untouched for centuries--until, little more than a thousand years ago, Polynesian seafarers make the perilous journey across the Pacific, flourishing in this tropical paradise according to their ancient traditions. Then, in the early nineteenth century, American missionaries arrive, bringing with them a new creed and a new way of life.

Year: 1959
Genre: Far EastHistorical

    Shogun by James Clavell

After Englishman John Blackthorne is lost at sea, he awakens in a place few Europeans know of and even fewer have seen--Nippon. Thrust into the closed society that is seventeenth-century Japan, a land where the line between life and death is razor-thin, Blackthorne must negotiate not only a foreign people, with unknown customs and language, but also his own definitions of morality, truth, and freedom.

Year: 1975
Genre: ActionFar EastHistorical

    Tai-Pan by James Clavell

War between England and China might be over, but the hostilities remain. Dirk Struan and Tyler Brock come to control much of England's trade with China yet neither can control their desires or their hatred of each other. Over the years, their two families will cross paths, threatening to rip both apart, with reverberations that will echo across the generations. East and West come together in an opulent and intricately plotted narrative. A tour-de-force of historical fiction.

Year: 1966
Genre: Far EastHistorical

    The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

The year is 1799, the place Dejima in Nagasaki Harbor. To this place of devious merchants, deceitful interpreters, costly courtesans, earthquakes, and typhoons comes Jacob de Zoet, a devout and resourceful young clerk who has five years in the East to earn a fortune of sufficient size to win the hand of his wealthy fiancée back in Holland. But Jacob's original intentions are eclipsed after a chance encounter with Orito Aibagawa, the disfigured daughter of a samurai doctor.

Year: 2010
Genre: Far East


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-- -- -- --1959 Hawaii James A. Michener Far EastHistorical
-- -- -- --1975 Shogun James Clavell Asian SagaActionFar EastHistorical
-- -- -- --1966 Tai-Pan James Clavell Asian SagaFar EastHistorical, Hong Kong
-- -- -- --2010 The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet David Mitchell Far East