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November 10, 2009



I've read the book, I assume like most Clavell novels it translates to film well. Like Tom Clancy, I find his novels peppered with sophmoric prose, but enjoy the movies. (Disclaimer, I read both Clancy and Clavell after exhausting the book supply I inherited in Asahikawa, Japan back in the early 90's.

Clavell was a Japanese prisoner of war in Singapore, so parts of this are autobiographical. This is also a source of his fascination/hatred of Japanese showcased in the novel Shogun.


Arie, I've purposely avoided Clavell's books with the understanding that they were a poorly written. I've been wondering if I've missed something-sounds like I haven't missed much. Although, I have to say that I really liked this film though.

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