Sayonara (1954)

Novel: Sayonara ()
Published/Performed: 1954

Author: James A. Michener
Born: Feb 3, 1907 Doylestown, PA
Passed: Oct 16, 1997 Austin, TX

Film: Sayonara
Released: 1957

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James Albert Michener (play /?m?t?n?r/;[1] February 3, 1907 ? October 16, 1997)[2] was an American author of more than 40 titles, the majority of which were sweeping sagas, covering the lives of many generations in particular geographic locales and incorporating historical facts into the stories. Michener was known for the meticulous research behind his work.

Michener's major books include Tales of the South Pacific (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1948), Hawaii, The Drifters, Centennial, The Source, The Fires of Spring, Chesapeake, Caribbean, Caravans, Alaska, Texas, and Poland. His nonfiction works include the 1968 Iberia about his travels in Spain and Portugal, his 1992 memoir The World Is My Home, and Sports in America. Return to Paradise combines fictional short stories with Michener's factual descriptions of the Pacific areas where they take place.

Sayonara (1954), is a novel published by Michener. Set during the early 1950s, Sayonara tells the story of Major Gruver, a soldier stationed in Japan, who falls in love with Hana-Ogi, a Japanese woman. The novel follows their cross-cultural romance and illuminates the racism of the post-WWII time period.

Sayonara was made into a film of the same name in 1957 directed by Joshua Logan and starring Marlon Brando.

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