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Title:
Please enjoy your happiness
Edition:
First Touchstone hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Touchstone, 2016.

©2016
ISBN:
9781501151255
Physical Description:
viii, 354 pages ; 22 cm
Language:
English
General Note:
"A memoir"--Jacket.
Contents:
One fine day -- The torment -- Blue woman -- A certain girl -- Time of the typewriter -- Man like a bear -- Spider woman -- Nice simple boy -- There is no forgiveness -- Five simple rules -- The police know everything -- Yukiko's list -- The most beautiful -- The tower of lilies -- What is my joy? -- Hall of flowers -- Inappropriate thinking -- Friends and enemies -- Waiting woman -- Am I OK? -- Nocturnes -- What men find beautiful -- The garden of grand vision -- We are very sorry -- Can you find it in your heart?
Abstract:
"Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Paul Brinkley‑Rogers has lived an adventurous life all over the world. But there is one story he cannot forget: that of his haunting love affair with a mysterious older Japanese woman in 1959. Paul was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri‑La that long‑ago summer when he met Kaji Yukiko in the seaport of Yokosuka. A fierce intellectual, Yukiko shared her astonishing knowledge of literature, film, and poetry with Paul and encouraged, even demanded, that he use his gifts to become the writer he is today. When a member of the yakuza, Japan's brutal crime syndicate, attempted to kidnap Yukiko, Paul realized that there was much more to her--and to Japan in the devastating wake of World War II--than he saw at first glance."--Front jacket flap.
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"The most romantic memoir you're likely to read in a lifetime." --Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times bestselling author of Here's to Us

An evocative memoir. A beautiful journey to half a century and half a world away . An ageless love story.

Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent Paul Brinkley‑Rogers has lived an adventurous life all over the world. But there is one story he cannot forget: that of his haunting love affair with a mysterious older Japanese woman in 1959. Paul was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri ‑ La that long‑ago summer when he met Kaji Yukiko in the seaport of Yokosuka. A fierce intellectual, Yukiko shared her astonishing knowledge of literature, film, and poetry with Paul and encouraged, even demanded, that he use his gifts to become the writer he is today.

But theirs was not a quiet love story. When a member of the yakuza, Japan's brutal crime syndicate, attempted to kidnap Yukiko, Paul realized that there was much more to her--and to Japan in the devastating wake of World War II--than he saw at first glance. Through the searing letters that Yukiko wrote to him and Paul's vivid telling of a history made all the more powerful and poignant by the weight of time, Please Enjoy Your Happiness reaches across decades and continents, inviting us all to revisit those loves of our lives that never do end.


Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

A rare and beautiful love story between a British-American sailor boy and a cultured, older Japanese woman who had lived through the World War II years.Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Brinkley-Rogers was not yet a U.S. citizen in 1959 when he was serving the beginning of a stint on the USS Shangri-La, anchored off the seaport of Yokosuka, Japan. He was 19 and a wannabe poet when he met the mysterious, incomparable Kaji Yukiko (not her real name) in a bar, the White Rose, catering to the Western service clientele. What ensued was an astonishing relationship during the spring and summer months of 1959. Yukiko, 31, was raised in Manchuria and fled with her family after the war to Japan, where, as a young woman, she became the mistress of some gangsters in Hiroshima and finally escaped to work as a hostess in the White Rose. Full of secrets and wounds, Yukiko was, above all, a very educated woman who seized on the young British-born poet as a like-minded refugee who needed guidance in the literary and cinematic history of her country. During these months of brief meetings and through her exquisite letters, she essentially molded the sailor boy into a man capable of sublime thoughts and deep love. Yukiko encouraged Brinkley-Rogers to go to college and become a great poet and writerand he did, over a long, varied career, finally settling in Arizona in retirement, where he unearthed Yukikos letters in 2014 and plunged into a maelstrom of memories that spurred him to address this powerful, moving memoir to You. Encapsulated within are Yukikos surviving letters, which are suffused with her stunning personality, captured as well in the authors re-created portrait and dialogue of a woman knocked down by life but capable of such passionate feeling that she knocked the boy off his feet. As startling and memorable as fiction and ripe for film adaptation. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

In 1959, British-born Brinkley-Rogers was 19 and serving aboard the Shangri-La, a U.S. Navy ship that docked in Japan. There he met Kaji Yukiko, a 31-year-old Japanese woman who became his intellectual and cultural guide. In their courtly relationship (intellectual rather than sexual), they spent hours watching Japanese films, listening to classical music, analyzing poems, and debating philosophy. Yukiko taught the author to understand and appreciate the fine arts; Brinkley-Rogers corrected her English and worshipped her. Now in his seventies, the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent writes a book-length love letter to his lost love. Interwoven within his vivid memories are excerpts from classic works and 10 of Yukiko's letters to the young sailor. The elegant Yukiko's past unfolds as Brinkley-Rogers recounts disturbing encounters with mobsters and warnings from the local police. Although the relationship only lasted months (he admits to having no knowledge of her fate), it made an indelible mark on the young writer's life. Brinkley-Rogers' young innocence is poignant, and the picture he paints of times past, Japanese culture, and the making of a writer is memorable.--Smith, Candace Copyright 2016 Booklist


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 1
Chapter 1 One Fine Dayp. 7
Chapter 2 The Tormentp. 19
Chapter 3 Blue Womanp. 31
Chapter 4 A Certain Girlp. 43
Chapter 5 Time of the Typewriterp. 53
Chapter 6 Man Like a Bearp. 73
Chapter 7 Spider Womanp. 87
Chapter 8 Nice Simple Boyp. 99
Chapter 9 There Is No Forgivenessp. 113
Chapter 10 Five Simple Rulesp. 125
Chapter 11 The Police Know Everythingp. 135
Chapter 12 Yukiko's Listp. 147
Chapter 13 The Most Beautifulp. 161
Chapter 14 The Tower of Liliesp. 175
Chapter 15 What Is My Joy?p. 191
Chapter 16 Hall of Flowersp. 203
Chapter 17 Inappropriate Thinkingp. 217
Chapter 18 Friends and Enemiesp. 231
Chapter 19 Waiting Womanp. 241
Chapter 20 Am I OK?p. 253
Chapter 21 Nocturnesp. 269
Chapter 22 What Men Find Beautifulp. 279
Chapter 23 The Garden of Grand Visionp. 295
Chapter 24 We Are Very Sorryp. 307
Chapter 25 Can You Find It in Your Heart?p. 319
Epiloguep. 323
A Note on the Textp. 337
Acknowledgmentsp. 339
Music and Film Referencesp. 343
Selected Readings, Films, and Musicp. 345
Sonnet XVIIp. 355