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by Gwen Terasaki

  • ISBN: 1884450024
  • Category: Biographies
  • Author: Gwen Terasaki
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Wakestone Books (March 1, 2000)
  • FB2 size: 1568 kb
  • EPUB size: 1838 kb
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 968
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Gwen Harold Terasaki, author of Bridge to the Sun, was born in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Gwen Harold Terasaki, author of Bridge to the Sun, was born in Johnson City, Tennessee. She accompanied her husband back to Japan, where she lived during the war years and the early occupation period.

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Bridge to the Sun is a 1961 film, directed by Etienne Périer, starring Carroll Baker, James Shigeta, James Yagi, Tetsurō Tamba, and Sean Garrison. It is based on the 1957 autobiography Bridge To The Sun by Gwen Terasaki, which detailed events in Gwen's life and marriage. Her memoir was a New York Times bestseller, nominated for a National Book Award, and won The Washington Post non-fiction book of the year award in 1958. It was made into a film by MGA starring Carol Baker and James Shigeta, which premiered in 1961.

Gwen Harold Terasaki, whose book "Bridge to the Sun," about her life as the wife of a Japanese diplomat during World War II in Japan, became a best seller and a movie, died on Saturday after a brief illness. She was 84 years old. Mrs. Terasaki, a native of Johnson City, Tenn. After spending the war years in Japan, she returned to Tennessee in 1949 with their daughter, Mariko. Her husband died in Japan in 1951. Terasaki moved to Wyoming in 1986.

Gwen Terasaki: Well, go on say it: I was a shameless hussy and I disgraced your household. Well I am not going to crawl on my knees to you just because I made a little social error. Though I believe dramatic license was taken regarding the love story between Gwen and her husband, certainly there are many fascinating aspects of her experiences that were included.

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Bridge to the Sun, Casper, Wyoming. He and his American wife and young daughter saw the march of events with growing dread. Terasaki pursued many avenues to avert war between the United States and Japan, culminating in an unauthorized eleventh-hour effort to arrange that a cable be sent directly by President Roosevelt to Emperor Hirohito. Japanese military authorities intercepted the cable, which was not delivered to Hirohito until after Pearl Harbor. The last-ditch effort failed.

Bridge to the Sun is a 1961 film, directed by Etienne Périer, starring Carroll Baker .

Bridge to the Sun is a 1961 film, directed by Etienne Périer, starring Carroll Baker, James Shigeta, James Yagi, Tetsuro Tamba, and Sean Garrison Contents. Bridge to the Sun at TCMDB.

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Reviews about Bridge to the Sun (7):
Butius
I read this years ago after happening across the movie one night on TV (as always, the book is better than the movie). This is a very touching and thoughtful book that makes you consider so many different things. It was intriguing to read about how diplomatic personnel from Japan, Germany, and Italy were put into "isolation" after Dec 7th and how many American women who had married Germans and Italians felt at the prospect of being deported from their own country (one is descried as being "more German than Germans"). A must read for those interested in WWII history from all angles.
MrCat
If I could give the story ten stars, I would. But if I could give the book's production negative stars, I'd do that too. The deduction of one star is for the shockingly poor proofing and production on this edition. What a shame. Is it just my copy of the book? No one else here mentions this issue so I'm wondering if I just got a bum copy. The one I was sent is an appalling mess, rife with typos, repeating passages, strange breaks and punctuation, making it at times almost unreadable. It really reflects so poorly on the publisher of this edition that I can't imagine why they're in business. Otherwise the story is fascinating. Terasaki is a fine writer and the photos really add a lot. If everyone's copies are like mine, I'd advise interested readers to locate an older edition of Bridge to the Sun rather than purchasing this particular edition.
Gajurus
I saw the movie on TMC and enjoyed it so I sent for the book through Amazon. The book is so much better because it goes into much more details of this extraordinary American woman who married a Japanese diplomat just prior to Japan attacking us at Pearl Harbor, and goes back to Japan with him when he was deported.
Doukasa
This book had a profound impact on me as a young adult when I first read it. In recent months a group of friends and I have been di8scussing the question of treatment of refugees and immigrants. George Takai's stories of Japanese internment reminded me of Gwen Terasaki's story of her leaving America with Japanese diplomatic staff and the abuse heaped upon her and of her family's struggle tolive in wartime Japan. I bought the book to share with my friends who found it very moving
Zadora
This is an excellent and true story of true love set in the terrible, turbulent time of World War II. One can get a true, inside look at Japan's gradual aggression throughout Asia and then on to America. One can see from the inside how hopelessness spread throughout Japan as the war went on. The author's husband in particular, a high government official, fell into depression with the bombing of Pearl Harbor and never really recovered. His great hopes for his country, Japan, and relationships with other countries, especially America, were dashed at that moment.

Plus, I appreciate the good condition of the book, exactly as described on your site. I appreciated the bookseller's personal touch and care in sending the book to me in the best possible condition.
Gavikelv
We lived in Japan in the early 1950s when the country was still recovering from the war. We lived in a rural area, much like Mrs Terasaki lived, but we had an airbase that we lived near (and later - on). My mother had read this book about this time and really enjoyed it. We watched the movie that was made when it came out. I purchased this book for my mother and she was extremely thrilled to re-read it after all this time. I can't wait to get it from her and read it myself.
Hinewen
This book was recommended to me by a friend from Johnson City, Tennessee. I read the Kindle version and was very disappointed to discover that it is so full of incomplete and jumbled sentences. It is a great story, and I stuck with it. Would love to read more about the Teresaki family. Leaving the USA, one's home country, and living in an enemy country during wartime takes a special kind of love and courage. Terry and Gwen had this kind of love.
First, the elephant in the room: The editing is atrocious, and the book is rife with words mashed together, or hyphens interspersed everywhere, and even whole sentences repeated. Very distracting, and at times I think it would have been easier reading if the book were written in Japanese (not really, of course). Even some of the photos in the book are mis-captioned, with the wrong people labeled.
As for the book, I expected more, but it got better as the book wore on. This is a rather perfunctory and chronological narrative of a mixed-race family, from the pre-war years of the 30's, to the mayhem of the breakout of war, to their forced relocation to Japan. I found the descriptions of what wartime Japan far more compelling and interesting than the backstory of the love affair. It was satisfying to also read about how kind and sympathetic the Japanese people were toward an American living in their midst (which strikes me as far better treatment Americans gave the Japanese living in their midst: witness the concentration camps in America...).
The author didn't strike me as particularly intelligent, and the writing is probably just B minus quality. And an epilogue would have been nice, instead of the abrupt ending.

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