Best Books to Read: Noble House (James Clavell)

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Noble House is the follow up novel to Tai-Pan, which I have previously recommended. While Tai-Pan was a long book, Noble House is a completely different beast. Noble House is 1400 pages in print, and 55 hours if you listen to the audiobook version. I read fairly quickly and often, and it still took me well over a month to finish Noble House. Without a doubt, it is the longest book that I have ever read.

While the length of Noble House may deter a lot of people from even trying to read it, if you can get past that it is a great book. The storyline is much deeper and intricate than Tai-Pan (which already was an excellent book), and the main characters are super interesting to follow.

Ian Dunross, the main character, is one of the most fascinating characters in any fiction book. Although Dunross is a work of fiction, his mind is brilliant and he seems like he would fit in perfectly with the modern business world. His enemy, Quillan Gornt, is a worthy opponent, and the business encounters between two of them are great. Two of the other main characters, Linc Bartlett and Casey Tcholok, also play a significant role in the fates of Dunross and Gornt.

Much like Tai-Pan, Noble House teaches a lot of life lessons about business and the world, while also maintaining a captivating storyline. It is clear that the author, James Clavell, spent a lot of time researching Hong Kong and Asia to create Noble House. Although the characters are fiction, many of the things happening in the book (as well as the places in the book) are based on real events.

If you are willing to put in a significant amount of time and effort into reading, Noble House is a book worthy of the investment. While some parts of the book are extraneous (I think it could be 30% shorter), the main storyline and characters make Noble House difficult to put down.

Noble House Recommendation Rating (For those who enjoy extremely long books): 4

Noble House Recommendation Rating (For those who do not enjoy extremely long books): 2

This post has now been updated to reflect a new ratings system that I have implemented, which is scored as follows:

1: Something worth checking out if you have time

2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone

3: Something worth prioritizing if interested

4: Something worth making time to check out

5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for


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