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The Pure Land by Alan Spence
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Dec 14, 2008

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Read in December, 2008

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't much of a tragic love story. It was more of a footnote at the end of the book.

The history of the book was captivating, but since I have little knowledge of the actual Thomas Glover, I don't have a way of distinguishing was is pure fiction and what is based in historical fact. Granted, that's my ignorance getting in the way, but it was still a tad annoying. Now I'm going to have to do some research. :P

It was a decent read, but didn't hold my attention like I thought it was going to in the beginning.
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