The author of "Tales of the South Pacific", James A. Michener, wrote "Sayonara". Michener was a great master of historical fiction. "Sayonara" is a brilliant tale of love amid war. Michener combined 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 Far East, Major Lloyd Gruver considered himself lucky. The son of a general, dating the daughter of another powerful military family, he looked forward to a bright future. He just didn’t understand guys like Private Joe Kelly, who throw away their lives in the U.S. by marrying local girls. But then Lloyd meets Hana-ogi. After that, nothing mattered anymore . . . nothing but her.

Stationed in Japan during the Korean War, U.S. Air Force Major Lloyd "Ace" Gruver fell hard for Japanese actress Hana-ogi (Miiko Taka). However, he was hesitant to pursue the relationship due to the unfortunate example of his crew chief, Airman Joe Kelly. Kelly, against official military advice and the prejudices of his commanding officers, married a Japanese woman, Katsumi. Kelly's military career suffered; it was never the same.

Michener's first novel, "Tales of the South Pacific" (1947) is not like "Sayonara". It won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and was a collection of short stories about the South Pacific. It presented the world of the South Pacific as exotic and foreign yet still part of the brotherhood of man in the rest of the world.

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