Geisha, a Life
No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story -- until now. "Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to... show more
No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story -- until now. "Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave." Trained to become a geisha from the age of five, Iwasaki would live among the other "women of art" in Kyoto's Gion Kobu district and practice the ancient customs of Japanese entertainment. She was loved by kings, princes, military heroes, and wealthy statesmen alike. But even though she became one of the most prized geishas in Japan's history, Iwasaki wanted more: her own life. And by the time she retired at age twenty-nine, Iwasaki was finally on her way toward a new beginning. Geisha, a Life is her story -- at times heartbreaking, always awe-inspiring, and totally true.
Publish date: September 1st 2003
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages no: 297
Edition language: English
, Asian Literature
, Biography Memoir
, Japanese Literature
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 ...
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...
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 (...
Very interesting introduction to modern geiko culture and mores. I appreciated the amount of detail she went into about daily life, especially in early sections. The later part of the book lost that and felt a little rushed. The book certainly made a point of settling misconceptions about the profes...
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 ...