James Clavell Summary

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  • 10 Literature Criticisms
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Essays & Analysis (10)

2,128 words, approx. 8 pages
In the following review, Fremont-Smith traces the publication history of The Children's Story and offers a negative assessment of its literary, political, and social value. Once upon a time... Read more
968 words, approx. 4 pages
In the obituary below, the critic provides an overview of Clavell's career. James Clavell, the author of Tai-Pan, Shogun, Noble House and other richly detailed historical novels set in the Far ... Read more
1,223 words, approx. 5 pages
Buckley is an American political commentator, nonfiction writer, and novelist. In the following tribute, he reminisces about his friendship with Clavell. A dozen years ago Chilton Williamson, at the t... Read more
2,641 words, approx. 9 pages
In the following essay, based on an interview with Clavell, Teachout discusses Clavell's ideas on writing, political views, and his novels, particularly Noble House. At 18, Sub-Lieutenant James... Read more
636 words, approx. 3 pages
In the following review, Groseclose praises Clavell's Thrump-o-moto for its appeal to adults as well as children. Has success bored James Clavell? How else can one explain the author's l... Read more
2,706 words, approx. 10 pages
In the following essay based on an interview with Clavell, Crosland discusses Clavell's experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II and his writing career. James Clavell was 1... Read more
1,366 words, approx. 5 pages
Edwards is an American educator and critic. In the following excerpt, he faults Whirlwind for its lack of appeal and believability, lamenting that the novel "has nothing to do with any life I&#... Read more
856 words, approx. 3 pages
Notehelfer is an American educator, historian, and critic who specializes in Japanese history. In the following review of Gai-jin, he asserts that despite Clavell's gifts as a storyteller, Clav... Read more
401 words, approx. 2 pages
Critical Essay by Paul Bernstein Despite the enormous success of his Asian books, James Clavell … seems equally preoccupied at the moment with American politics…. Indeed, his "The... Read more
178 words, approx. 1 pages
Critical Essay by R. V. Williams [The Children's Story] represents a new sort of work for the author of King Rat and Shogun. Frankly didactic and with an explicit moral, it can be read in less ... Read more