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Though Clavell often had a habit of replacing actual hitorical people with fictional characters of his own creation who then went through the same events, in this novel he leaves most historical names in place. Sep 12, Brian Poole rated it liked it. Now it is central to every newspaper and new report — in fact, as I read this, I was reading an article in The New Republic magazine by the author Ahmed Rashid on the current crisis in Pakistan. Story lines that weave within weaves In he moved to New York, then to Hollywood. Audible Download Audio Books. He tried to get into producing but had no luck so started writing screenplays.

Another problem that I had with this book, is that until approx. The book was published in and sold well. Other companies operating in Iran faced similar dilemmas. Somewhere circa age sixteen I plowed through Shogun and Tai-Pan one summer, and came away from them heady with Orientalism: The novel is closely inspired by the true struggle of Bristow Helicopters to escape the revolutionary forces and get their employees and equipment out of the unstable, deteriorating situation in the region. In them, the European hero is thrown into an exotic, spice-scented eastern culture where, through a combination of courage, canny and luck, he is embroiled in conspiracies, admitt Since I was in high school, James Clavell has loomed largely among my guiltier pleasures.

Now there were all these stories about the horrors of living through someone else’s revolution.

Works by Clvell Clavell. More on Movies By A. Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Clavell excels at action scenes, of which this novel has plenty. Hardcoverpages. Whirlwind’s main characters are North American and European helicopter pilots working in the oil fields of Iran. Jan 02, Matthew rated it it was ok.

Himself – Producer, The Last Valley. Clavell kept working in films. Wwhirlwind was a problem adding your email address. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

Edit Personal Details Other Works: Somewhere circa age sixteen I plowed through Shogun and Tai-Pan one summer, and came away from them heady with Orientalism: The other problem is the way the Iranian, or really any non-white characters were portrayed. I’d expect such ignorance from a civilian journalist, but not an ex-military officer like Clavell! As always, Clavell tells his story with a cast of thousands, as the old Cecil B.


Set in Iran, I was a little put off It tells the story of the Iranian revolution of using a fictional firm of helicopter shirlwind, based all over different parts of the country. Claveell learned to fly a helicopter.


But at his wife’s urging he put that work on the back burner and took up the Iran book. Neither was filmed but Far Alert kept being sold and re-sold.

Like many of Clavell’s novels, it is very long and is composed of many interweaving plot strands involving a large cast of characters, as well as a detailed portrayal of Iranian culture.

Los Angeles Times 20 Apr I was wirlwind high school at the time, so I do vaguely remember the Iranian revolution, but the Middle East seemed so far away. Oct 30, Peter Kavanagh rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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Easier said than done in the walled-in climate in Iran, particularly when you have wily Soviet spies trying to do you in a favourite Clavell motifrevolutionary komitehs run by fanatical mullahs who would as soon shoot you as talk to you, and an ever-changing political scene that means every day brings a new power group to the fore. I immediately purchased it and took it home and. The topic of the book, Iran’s changing government and the impact on the oil business was interesting, but complex and I don’t know that even after reading this book, I fully grasp it.

Claevll Asian Saga by James Clavell. Avoid this one, and remember – no clavwll – the sweetness of Clavell at his finest with Noble House.

On a side note, not a nitpick, just an observation: I have thoughly enjoyed every James Clavell book I have read.

James Clavell portrays Iranians much in the same way that he portrays Asians – secretly devious. I immediately viewed the pilots and other expats as the ‘good guys,’ not a surprise considering I’m a white male living in what is technically still a British Dominion. Please provide an email address.


Other books in the series. I think I would have preferred that Clavell use a different framework My least favorite of Clavell’s novels, but still worth the read for fans of the Asia Saga. Only because they all believed that their God is better than the other person’s, and so forth. Immediately I knew it lent itself to a novel.

It is certainly not for lack of brilliant plotting, double-crosses, triple-crosses, quadruple-crosses and so on into infinity.

Whirlwind (Asian Saga, #6) by James Clavell

Clavell was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School. Do you have a demo reel?

It was a huge critical and commercial success. At this point the Struan family members were a bit hard to keep track of, I’m not totally sure where Ross fits into the whole picture view spoiler [and his story ended quite abruptly, which I suppose is often true in life as well hide spoiler ].

This was his last completed novel at the time of his death. Not only was the story out of focus; it xlavell simply a complete mess of characters and settings. True, on a paragraph-by-paragraph level, Whirlwind is a page-turner that dishes up sex, suspense and violence in heavy rotation.

This book and Shogun seem like the oddballs in the series; the others all deal a lot more directly with As with the other novels in the Asian Saga, Clavell definitely has a tv writer’s flare for drama and character development, which makes for an engaging story.

It all came together in my mind as the story of a multinational group of copter pilots caught up in an ugly revolution. I just couldn’t make a connection between those, and it made me difficult to understand what’s going on.

Marlowe’s ancestors are also mentioned in other Clavell novels. Filmography by Job Trailers and Videos. Wirlwind trivia or quizzes yet.