The Pure Land

The Pure Land

eBook - 2007
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The Pure Land resurrects the dramatic life of Thomas Glover, the Scottish businessman who helped overthrow the shogun and whose tumultuous love affairs inspired the opera Madame Butterfly and the musical Miss Saigon. Alan Spence has transformed this true story into an unforgettable hundred-year saga that culminates in the annihilation of Nagasaki. Thomas Glover is a gutsy eighteen-year-old in Aberdeen in 1858 who grasps the chance of escape to foreign lands and takes a posting as a trader in Japan. Within ten years he amasses a great fortune, helps to modernize Japan, and, on the other side of the law, brings about the overthrow of the shogun. Yet beneath Glover's astonishing success lies a man cut to the heart. His love affair with a courtesan-a woman who, unknown to him, would bear him the son for whom he had always longed-would form a tragedy so heartrending that the story became immortal. The Pure Land is a modern epic, a rattling good adventure, a devastating love story, and a journey of the spirit.
Publisher: [United States] : Canongate U.S. : Made available through hoopla, 2007
ISBN: 9780802197801
Branch Call Number: eBook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Feb 08, 2014

The book takes a little to get going, very subtle in the outset as it captures the everyday aspect of the character's life (and what he's trying to get away from). However, it becomes quite interesting as he moves to Japan and establishes a new life. In the realm of historical fiction, it is wonderful and informative. It also takes on a exquisite sense of writing towards the later chapters.

Dec 04, 2011

I really wanted to like this book, as the story sounded so interesting. Unfortunately, the writing was just flat and boring, and I just never got into the story, so I gave up early on.


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