Sayonara: A Novel

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 18, 2014 - Fiction - 208 pages
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From a great master of historical fiction comes a brilliant tale of love amid war. James A. Michener combines powerful storytelling with deep sensitivity in this novel of a U.S. Army man who, against all odds, falls for a fascinating Japanese woman. Stationed in the exotic Far East, Major Lloyd Gruver considers himself lucky. The son of a general, dating the daughter of another powerful military family, he can look forward to a bright future. And he just can’t understand guys like Private Joe Kelly, who throw away their lives in the States by marrying local girls. But then Lloyd meets Hana-ogi. After that, nothing matters anymore . . . nothing but her.

BONUS: This edition includes an excerpt from James A. Michener's Hawaii.
 
Praise for James A. Michener
 
“A master storyteller . . . Michener, by any standards, is a phenomenon.”The Wall Street Journal
 
“Sentence for sentence, writing’s fastest attention grabber.”The New York Times
 
“Michener has become an institution in America, ranking somewhere between Disneyland and the Library of Congress. You learn a lot from him.”Chicago Tribune
 
“While he fascinates and engrosses, Michener also educates.”Los Angeles Times
 

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User Review  - LynleyS - LibraryThing

I'm conflicted when it comes to rating this book, which is a confronting tale of sexism and racism and it pissed me off at regular intervals. But because it was written in 1954, I've no doubt it's an ... Read full review

SAYONARA

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Along the "Butterfly" theme is this story of the incorruptible young officer, Major Lloyd Gruver, West Point '44 and Korean war ace, whose smug belief that he will follow the career laid out by his ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
28
Section 3
39
Section 4
63
Section 5
72
Section 6
79
Section 7
88
Section 8
96
Section 10
127
Section 11
133
Section 12
141
Section 13
148
Section 14
165
Section 15
170
Section 16
181
Copyright

Section 9
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James A. Michener was one of the world’s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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