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Memoirs of a Geisha

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by Arthur Golden
Publication Date: 07/08/1998
2/5 Rating 2 Reviews
RRP  $19.99 $17.25

Seductive, evocative, exquisite - intimate memoirs spanning half a century of Japanese history, revealing a closed world.

A seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, that tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl. Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan's most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. From a small fishing village in 1929, the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house.

She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York; it exquisitely evokes another culture, a different time and the details of an extraordinary way of life. It conjures up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men.

Contemporary fiction
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Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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Arthur Golden

Arthur Golden was born and brought up in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

He is a 1978 graduate of Harvard College with a degree in art history, specialising in Japanese art.

In 1980 he earned an MA in Japanese history from Columbia where he also learned Mandarin Chinese.

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  • Worth reading even if you saw the movie

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    After reading Geisha of Gion, I could clearly see the barely veiled usage of the tale of Mineko Iwasaki and her life as a Geisha.
    However, all in all it was a very interesting read, and kept me hooked for the last half of the book, despite having known the film version first. It was interesting to see what liberties and poetic licence Hollywood took, on an already contorted story.

  • Geisha

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    I loved this about another culture and time. A great read and a story I have read more than once.