Reviews of Noble House (1981)
Review by kirwar4face (2003-07-28)
Though perhaps not as good as Tai-Pan, Noble House is a worthy successor to that novel, and a whopping good read, even if the author does ultimately settle the fates of its characters using a method not far removed from Michael O'Donoghue's technique of having everybody run over by a truck. Clavell puts us under the skin of as many characters as he can, giving us a lively interest in events from more than one point of view. I should say, male characters; barring Hag Struan, about whom we wish more had been told, the women in the novel are little more than arm candy. Ian Struan Dunross, whom we first see tooling through rainy streets in a sports car, may look more civilized than his ancestor Dirk, but does not lack his killer instinct for business.