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The Pure Land by [Spence, Alan]
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The Pure Land Kindle Edition

3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews

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Length: 401 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"His imagination is given full rein but this never clouds his instinctive understanding of the contradictions of the human condition. It is a glorious finale to a very fine novel." Sunday Herald "...marks The Pure Land out, not merely as an engaging and vivid historical novel, but also a meditative work of art that is as finely honed as a samurai's sword." The Times "He is a gentle writer, but never sentimental. The beautiful moments have always been earned. He is a writer to cherish, one offering deep and fulfilling pleasures." Allan Massie"

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A modern epic
A heart-breaking love story
An unforgettable journey of the spirit

The year is 1858. Thomas Glover is a restless young man with dreams of escape. Abandoning his childhood sweetheart, he takes a posting as a trader in Japan. Within ten years he earns a great fortune, learns the ways of the Samurai and helps to overthrow the Shogun.

Yet beneath his astonishing success lies a man cut to the heart by an affair with a beautiful courtesan, a lover who, unknown to Glover, would bear him a son.

'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.'
John Burnside, The Times

'Rattles along, grounded in historical research and filled with emotional truths.'
Daily Mail

'Astonishing in its breadth, depth and ambition . . . a beautifully written modern epic.'
Irish Independent

Winner of the Glenfiddich Award


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2765 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (2 Nov. 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VM7G9I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #260,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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