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The Pure Land by Alan Spence
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Oct 29, 07

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Recommended for: historical fiction lovers, those with an interest in Scottish history
Read in June, 2007

A fictionalised account of the Scottish Samurai, Thomas Glover's experiences in Japan. He was instrumental in bringing down the Shogun and modernising Japan in the 19th century. His personal relationship was also rumoured to be an influence on Puccini's Madama Butterfly.

Thomas Glover is remembered in Japan and Scotland rather fondly, from what my Google searches reveal.

I enjoyed it because I love historical fiction that weaves the facts so closely with a narrative. Plus I adore a good yarn that takes me away from boring reality, even if only for a few hours. The author, Alan Spence, is also well-known for his haiku!
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