James Clavell was born 10 October 1924, and died 6 September 1994.
- All stories have a beginning, a middle and an ending, and if they’re any good, the ending is a beginning.
- Wars are fought by teenagers, you realize that. They really ought to be fought by the politicians and old people who start these wars.
- Changi became my university instead of my prison. … Among the inmates there were experts in all walks of life — the high and the low roads. I studied and absorbed everything I could from physics to counterfeiting, but most of all I learned the art of surviving.
- God gives us intelligence to uncover the wonders of nature. Without the gift, nothing is possible.
- …the goal of writing any book is to create the illusion that what you are reading is reality and you’re part of it.
Clavell was an Australian-born British novelist, screenwriter, director and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. He is best known for his epic Asian Saga series of novels, which included King Rat, Tai-Pan and Shogun, and their televised adaptations, along with such films as The Great Escape and To Sir, with Love.
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