Geisha of Gion: The True Story of Japan's Foremost Geisha
'I can identify the exact moment when things began to change. It was a cold winter afternoon. I had just turned three.' Emerging shyly from her hiding place, Mineko encounters Madam Oima, the formidable proprietress of a prolific geisha house in Gion. Madam Oima is mesmerized by the child's black... show more
'I can identify the exact moment when things began to change. It was a cold winter afternoon. I had just turned three.' Emerging shyly from her hiding place, Mineko encounters Madam Oima, the formidable proprietress of a prolific geisha house in Gion. Madam Oima is mesmerized by the child's black hair and black eyes: she has found her successor. And so Mineko is gently, but firmly, prised away from her parents to embark on an extraordinary career, of which she will become the best. But even if you are exquisitely beautiful and the darling of the okiya, the life of a geisha is one of gruelling professional demands. And Mineko must first contend with her bitterly jealous sister who is determined to sabotage her success ...Captivating and poignant, GEISHA OF GION tells of Mineko's ascendancy to fame and her ultimate decision to leave the profession she found so constricting.
Publish date: May 6th 2003
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages no: 334
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 ...