The Pure Land

The Pure Land

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A powerful historical novel based on the remarkable life of the man who inspired Madame Butterfly1858. A young Scotsman grasps the chance of escape to foreign lands and takes a posting as a trader in Japan. Within ten years Thomas Glover amasses a great fortune, learns the ways of the samurai, 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 which he had always longed - would form a tragedy so dramatic as to be immortalised in the stories behind Madame Butterfly and Miss Saigon.The Pure Land relives in fiction the arc of Glover's true-life rise and fall, and forges a hundred-year saga that culminates in the annihilation of Nagasaki in 1945. Alan Spence has produced a modern epic, at once a rattling good adventure, a heart-wrenching love story and a journey of the more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 28mm | 292g
  • Text Publishing Co
  • The Text Publishing Company
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • 1921351160
  • 9781921351167

Review quote

'Spence is a visionary.' -- Ali Smith 'Spence has chosen the perfect subject for historical fiction: Glover is a charismatic character, this is a fascinating period in Japan's annals and the politics and history are so integral to the plot that one is as beholden to the fact as the fiction...History, though never emphasised at the expense of narrative, is brought thrillingly alive.' * Age * 'Astonishing in its breadth, depth and ambition...a beautifully written modern epic.' * Irish Independent * 'Not merely an engaging and vivid historical novel, but also a meditative work of art that is as finely honed as a Samurai's sword...A page-turner of the first order.' * The Times *show more

About Alan Spence

Alan Spence is an award-winning poet and playwright, novelist and short-story writer. He is Profesor in Creative Writing at the University of Aberdeen, where he is also Artistic Director of the annual WORD more