Someone asked me this question the other day: What is your favorite James Clavell novel.
To tell you the truth, I like all of James Clavell’s novels. And I’ve read all of them. (I’ve read several of them multiple times, in fact.)
Without a doubt, though, my favorite James Clavell novel would be Shogun.
This story about feudal Japan, on the brink of the Tokugawa era, represents Clavell at the height of his talents. And Clavell’s enthusiasm for Asian cultures is fully on display here.
No, the history depicted in Shogun is not completely accurate. But if you want an actual history of Japan, there are better options.
If you have an interest in Asia, you should read this book.
If you like a good story, you should read this book.
Interested in Japan?
Check out my FREE Japanese culture guide, available here on Edward Trimnell Books.
Interested in thriller fiction set in Asia?
Read The Consultant, my thriller serial set in Japan and North Korea.