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En oppsiktsvekkende historisk roman bygd på dokumentarisk materiale. Året er 1858. I sentrum står den unge skotten Thomas Glover, som drar fra Aberdeen til Nagasaki, der han raskt slår seg opp som entreprenør og forretningsgründer. Glover bygger seg opp en liten formue, ikke minst ved å selge våpen til alle parter i den pågående konflikten mellom de strengt nasjonalistiske ...more
Hardcover, 371 pages
Published 2007 by Pax (first published 1996)
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Tocotin
Oh boy. As soon as I finish with this review, I'll go and improve my rating for "Shogun"... Mr Clavell, I'm sorry for the one star. At least your book has a story, and its style is something more than just separating gerunds with commas.

The praises on the cover should've rung the bell.
"A page-turner of the first order"? It's a dreadful record of the life of Thomas Glover, a trader from Aberdeen, who went to Japan and by basically selling arms and opium (oh and tea, and some other stuff) establi
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Chrissie
I thought I'd add the following. The book is about Thomas Blake Glover, born (1838-1911)and raised in Aberdeen, Scotland. When he was only 21 he was employed by Jardine Matheson in the tea trade and moved to Nagasaki. If one wants a detailed information of his accomplishments in Japan one can read Wikepedia, this book or, as I did, both. If one reads Wikepedia this man and his life does not come alive. The book does exactly this and more. Some say the opera Madame Butterfly is based on his Japan ...more
Despoina Xr
Mar 15, 2015 Despoina Xr rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Πέρασε την γέφυρα του δισταγμού
και τη γέφυρα της απόφασης
προσπέρασε τον αιωρούμενο κόσμο
και βάδισε προς την Γη των Αθώων.....

Ένα υπέροχο βιβλίο το οποίο μιλάει για την Ιαπωνία την εποχή που άρχισαν οι εμπορικές συναλλαγές με την Δύση και η αλλαγές που πραγματοποίηθηκαν στην Ανατολή. Ο αναγνώστης το βλέπει όλο αυτό μέσα από την ζωή ενός νεαρού από την Σκοτία όπου μετακόμισε εκεί με σκοπό να εργαστεί.
Το βιβλίο είναι γεμάτο με εικόνες, αρώματα και πολλά στοιχεία παράδοσης που σου ξεδιπλώνονται τόσ
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Gypsy Lady
Dec 18, 2010 Gypsy Lady rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
Did not finish. Got to page 134 before I gave up. The book was not fleshed out well. It seemed like I was reading the outline for his novel.
Eri-chan
Jun 04, 2008 Eri-chan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this. Loved, loved, loved it.

The Pure Land follows the life of Thomas Glover, a Scottish expatriot to Japan in the late 1850s who literally funded a revolution. We are with Glover when he first decides to travel so far from home in a tiny northern Scottish village and seek his fortune in this distant land. We sympathize with him as he stumbles through his early years in Japan, trying to learn the language and the culture and the business he has been hired to work for, all while evading the
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Lisa
Jun 28, 2013 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I saw this book in my mom's bookshelf, and I wanted to read it because I've recently been interested in all things Japanese, and thought I might learn something from it. Plus, I haven't read any historical novel in years, and just wanted some "light" reading. I finished the book (I have read far worse), but I didn't really like it that much after all.

There are mainly two reasons why it gets only one star. The story is based on real events, the main character has actually existed. I feel that th
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Mircalla64 (free Liu Xiaobo)
"La forma è il vuoto. Lei lo abitava, sedeva in quel luogo spoglio, un giardino di sassi della mente."

Storia neanche tanto romanzata di Thomas Blake Glover, scozzese che visse in Giappone e, intanto che si arricchiva vendendo armi ai clan ribelli, ostacolando lo Shogun Tokugawa prese parte agli eventi che provocarono la Restaurazione Meiji.
Una vita avventurosa, ai limiti dell'incredibile, Tom Glover sbarcò come semplice impiegato e col tempo ha contribuito a far nascere la Mitsubishi, la sua rel
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Rena Xrusopoulou
Ένα πραγματικά υπέροχο βιβλίο το οποίο μας περιγράφει τις συνθήκες που επικρατούσαν στην Ιαπωνία στα τέλη του του 19ο αιώνα αρχές του επόμενου. Όταν στην Ιαπωνία άρχισαν να γίνονται εμπορικές συναλλαγές με την Δύση αλλά και να εκβιομηχανίζεται. Αναφέρεται στο βιβλίο η πολιτική κατάσταση της χώρας αλλά και οι συγκρούσεις μεταξύ των κατοίκων της. Αυτό το βιβλίο είχε ένα μοναδικό τρόπο να σε ταξιδέψει στην Ιαπωνία μέσα όμως και από την υπέροχη ιστορία του πρωταγωνιστή οποίος σε μικρή ηλικία μετακόμ ...more
Rizwana Inam
I was hooked from the first page (maybe because I was picturing Glover as Max Irons,....WHAT? I had been obsessing over the Riot club, you can't blame me, he's gorgeous! ) Anyways enjoyed reading about his small country boy dreams, and saw the book mapping out like a movie. anyone that knows me will know that I'm one for romances, so when it the book kept screaming 'a tragic romance' I was totally going to read it, but there was NO romance whatsoever, he literally found a mistress overnight (und ...more
Hollee
May 08, 2008 Hollee rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so disappointed in this book. It called out to me from the library shelf. It looked like something I would really enjoy, a historical novel, a Scotish man and takes place in Japan in 1860's, love the idea. It was sooooo terrible. I was layed over in the Atlanta Airport and could not even force myself to read it. I was so mad!
Carrie
May 01, 2011 Carrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was awful. I only gave it two stars because the first few chapters were interesting and I am interested enough in the history of the main character to try to find a better book about his story. It degenerated quickly.
Beth
Mar 14, 2008 Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
When a book gets awards- I really WANT to like it. However it felt sort of amateurish to me. There were some twists to it but wholly predictable. I am disappointed with this book. Where is my next 5 star-er?????
maven
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.
Flobberworm
Eh. If this book wasn't about an actual famous Aberdonian who ventured to Japan, I wouldn't have finished it. The curiosity about old Aberdeen and even older Japan kept me reading, but that was more personal curiosity. The writing was flat and boring. The women were one dimensional. I know Thomas glover was a real person, but his character was just a Gary Stu in this telling. There was no emotion or feeling, just Thomas sassing his way from one daft move to the next with no real feeling of risk ...more
Aelel
Dec 14, 2008 Aelel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started out really liking this book. The opening had a quiet beauty to it that was really intriguing. It failed, however, to continue through the novel. In all, it was pretty interesting, but the beginning seemed to have little to do with the rest of the book. It could have easily been left out without affecting the bulk of the novel at all. I was also expecting some romance, since the back cover touted the story as being the inspiration for Madame Butterfly and Miss Saigon. There really wasn' ...more
Nora Sabrina Sirait
Jul 31, 2012 Nora Sabrina Sirait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nora Sabrina by: Esra Leonora Marpaung
Novel ini banyak memberi pemikiran tentang berbagai nilai-nilai hidup kita ini.
Misalnya, pandangan timur (Jepang) terhadap barat (Eropa dan U.S) sebagai bangsa barbar karena nilai-nilai hidupnya yang dianggap kurang luhur. Sedangkan, barat juga memandang timur sebagai bangsa barbar karena belum memiliki agama yang 'sebenarnya' dan dianggap kurang manusiawi -> contohnya tradisi seppu.

Sisi menarik dari novel ini juga mengenai bagaimana posisi wanita timur dalam masyarakat baik itu bagi penduduk
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Pamela
Jan 12, 2011 Pamela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author takes the facts of Thomas Blake Glover's life and weaves those facts into a novel that is enchanting. Glover was a daring young Scot who went to Japan when he was about 20 years old, made a fortune, but was a major player in bringing Japan into the modern world. The novel includes the girl left behind in Scotland and the two Japanese wives as well as the son he fathered by a courtesan. This is an amazing story beautifully written. On the downside, the first half of the novel jerks alo ...more
Powersamurai
Undecided about the rating--I was swinging between 3 and 4, so gave it four. The core story of the book is that of Thomas Glover who brought Western ship building, the locomotive and other technology to Japan, and who is the father of Kirin beer. What got me was the first chapter, and the 2nd and 3rd to last chapters. What was their purpose? Why show us Nagasaki just after the bomb? Why come back to it and even bring us through to the 21st century. These 3 chapters stood out as sore thumbs to me ...more
Shawn
Oct 30, 2013 Shawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pure Land is like Shibumi, no, more like Shogun, that I read as a teen (I wonder if I put it in my Goodreads). It is interesting, a pretty quick read...but for some reason, I'm not feeling it like Shogun, not sure why. It just didn't pick me up and float me away to the island kingdom for some reason.
I think I'm harder to please, at my age. When I read Shogun when I was 18 or so, I was just like, awesome dude, I'm gonna get a sword and learn how to count to a hundred strokes when I'm having s
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Gisele
Feb 27, 2015 Gisele rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uma história que mistura ficção e realidade para contar a passagem do Japão de um regime feudal para um regime moderno e aberto ao ocidente.
Na minha opinião o autor poderia ter explorado melhor o enredo. Os personagens são muito interessantes, mas descritos de forma superficial e impessoal.
Emma
Jul 27, 2011 Emma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do enjoy stories set in Japan and Spence does give a certain feel for the culture of this country but it seems very much a Westernised view of Japanese culture. At times the story was very disconnected and confusing and Glover often proves a less than reliable character. The attitudes towards Japanese women was pretty typical of the time for a Western man but their attitude towards his taking a Japanese wife seemed very accepting. If you enjoy novels about Japan and it's culture you'd be bette ...more
Ewan Wilson
Feb 26, 2015 Ewan Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. read it in a few days and found it hard to abandon. narrative is fast and engaging. another alan spence triumph.
David Ramiro
Sep 29, 2015 David Ramiro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recomiendo este libro a todos los amantes del Lejano Oriente. Estoy seguro de que deben haber muchas imprecisiones y pequeños matices que no sean fieles a la realidad pero considero que el autor ha logrado plasmar gran parte de la filosofía y interpretación de la vida en el Imperio nipón pre-Meiji. No sólo se trata de un simple relato, sinó que se puede entender el contexto histórico de la época con más relevancia en la historia de este pais. También me ha gustado cómo se describe la evoloción c ...more
Annette Smith
Sep 07, 2014 Annette Smith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Rather disappointed with this book, such an interesting story should have been a much more exciting read.
Barbara Berry
Dec 22, 2014 Barbara Berry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I've read in a VERY long time! Excellent - I highly recommend it, the prose is beautiful.
Renee
Nov 01, 2014 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good dose of historical fiction based on real events. I learned much about Japan.
Justin
Jul 01, 2008 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again I am surprised by my interest in historical fiction. This novel is about Thomas Glover the "famous" (I had never heard of him) Scottish Entrepreneur who opened up Japanese markets to the west and visa versa.
Definitely worth the read if you have an interest in Japanese culture and recent history its worth a read.
The writing style isn't anything fancy, its a little bland ion most parts but the characters are believable and interesting enough to make up for it.
It kinda dragged on at the end
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Sophie
Dec 08, 2015 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was not too sympathetic of the main character. At times it went on and on with irrelevant topics that did not add anything to the story. Overall not a bad book. Would really give it a 3 1/2 stars if I could.
Tifani
May 06, 2014 Tifani rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent historical fiction. Really enjoyed learning more about the history of Japan and did some research into the main character, who is a real person who did much to make Japan into the country it is today. However, too many sex scenes to recommend to all readers.
Chris
Mar 12, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mark Macleod
Recommended to Chris by: Book Club
Shelves: book-club
Just finished this in time for Book Club today. I really enjoyed it. Very like James Clavell's books of Shogun, Gai Jin etc. Tells the story of a NE Scotland man Tom Glover from Aberdeen who was integral in making Japan the industrial nation it is today. Set in late 19th early 20th century. Great story though not the best writing in the world. I like books like this about the japanese way of life, bushido code, haikus etc etc.
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