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Geisha : A Life - Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown
Geisha : A Life
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GEISHA, A LIFE "No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling...But I feel it is time to speak out." ... show more
GEISHA, A LIFE "No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story. We have been constrained by unwritten rules not to do so, by the robes of tradition and by the sanctity of our exclusive calling...But I feel it is time to speak out." Celebrated as the most successful geisha of her generation, Mineko Iwasaki was only five years old when she left her parents' home for the world of the geisha. For the next twenty-five years, she would live a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and rich rewards. She would learn the formal customs and language of the geisha, and study the ancient arts of Japanese dance and music. She would enchant kings and princes, captains of industry, and titans of the entertainment world, some of whom would become her dearest friends. Through great pride and determination, she would be hailed as one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, and one of the last great practitioners of this now fading art form. In Geisha, a Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya (household), to her years as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture. Mineko brings to life the beauty and wonder of Gion Kobu, a place that "existed in a world apart, a special realm whose mission and identity depended on preserving the time-honored traditions of the past." She illustrates how it coexisted within post-World War II Japan at a time when the country was undergoing its radical transformation from a post-feudal society to a modern one. "There is much mystery and misunderstanding about what it means to be a geisha. I hope this story will help explain what it is really like and also serve as a record of this unique component of Japan's cultural history," writes Mineko Iwasaki. Geisha, a Life is the first of its kind, as it delicately unfolds the fabric of a geisha's development. Told with great wisdom and sensitivity, it is a true story of beauty and heroism, and of a time and culture rarely revealed to the Western world.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780743444323 (0743444329)
Publisher: Atria
Pages no: 297
Edition language: English
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JLee22
JLee22 rated it
4.5 Geisha, a Life
I kept re-writing my comments on this bit because I feel so conflicted that I can't write a comprehensive sentence about it. Likes: historical first person account. Original, native speaker. Detailed descriptions about unique aspects of cultural setting. Dislikes: the general personality of the ...
teaandbooks
teaandbooks rated it
2.0 Incredibly boring.
After hearing about the controversy over Memoirs of a Geisha I decided to seek out other texts on geishas. I finally got around to reading this but sadly I was disappointed. Mineko Iwasaki was born into a family that fell on tougher times and she was eventually "sold"/adopted to become a geisha. T...
tyene
tyene rated it
3,5/5Ho iniziato a leggere questo libro perché ho adorato "Memorie di una Geisha" di Arthur Golden, che si è rifatto proprio alla storia di Mineko Iwasaki. Di "Memorie di una Geisha" questo libro non ha poi molto, e per quanto la Iwasaki si sia lamentata per come Golden abbia stravolto la sua vita (...
Long Winter Nights
Long Winter Nights rated it
5.0 Gejsza z Gion
Spędziłam przy tej książce naprawdę miło czas. Geisha ukazała się w moich oczach jako symbol pracy nad sobą i dążenia do doskonałości. Do Książka walczy z mitem, że geishe to prostytutki. Już nie raz słyszałam osoby, kojarzące je tylko z tym - co jest tak naprawdę wiedzą podwórkową. Do tego książka ...
lupalz
lupalz rated it
2.0 Geisha of Gion: The True Story of Japan's Foremost Geisha
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