The Pure Land

The Pure Land

by Alan Spence
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read.
A_G_D More than 1 year ago
Thomas Glover,a young boy in his teens is given the opportunity to cross the world and become part of the trading world in Japan. The story takes places in 1800s, when traveling across the ocean takes months at a time and when the trading business between continents is still dominated by hostility and old regimes. Determined to go beyond his little home town, he accepts the offer and embarks on a journey that will forever change not only his and his family's life but the life of entire nations. Soon after he sets foot in Japan, he becomes a respected individual in the trading business and his courage and determination to help Japan take full advantage of its potential eventually lead to the overthrow of Shogun. Glover leads Japan to a position of power: building their own ships and exploiting their own natural resources. But in spite of his success and financial gain in the business world, Tom Glover's personal life is dominated by uncertainty and pain. His love affairs have unexpected outcomes that will change the course of his life in as much of a drastic way as any other decision that he makes. This is a remarkable true story that is full of action, passion, love and exotism. I enjoyed it to the fullest and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in getting a better understanding of many aspects related to Japan's development as well as those who enjoy tumultuous love stories.
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MadisonReads More than 1 year ago
In The Pure Land, Alan Spence has added personality to the textbook historic figure of Thomas Blake Glover and his struggle to modernize Japan and overthrow the Shogun in the 1860s. He creates an atmosphere of pre-modernized Japan that is mysterious and exiting. As an entrepreneur, Thomas Glover befriends and helps battling clans to end the reign of the Shogun and restore power to the Emperor. At short intervals in between, love stories blossom and climax at the end of the story, revealing the author's interesting idea on the Madame Butterfly story. (He hints that Tsuru, his wife, may not have been his soul mate...) Anyone looking for adventure in a foreign land should read this novel. However, if you're looking for a love story through and through, keep in mind that you'll only be reading short intervals. I would say that even though it seems that romance was an important part of his life, it has become a side note in the grand adventure of Thomas Glover.