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Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
Memoirs of a Geisha
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This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha -summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan's dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and... show more
This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha -summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan's dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. 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. Her memoirs conjure 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 land's most powerful men.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780099771517 (0099771519)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 428
Edition language: English
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PijanaPoMalinach
PijanaPoMalinach rated it
5.0 Wyznania gejszy
Książka specyficzna, wciągająca w świat tak dla nas, dzisiejszych kobiet, odległy. Po raz kolejny przekonałam się ze światem rządzą układy i układziki, koneksje i poplecznictwo. Warto przeczytać by poczuć inną kulturę! Kraj kwitnącej wiśni cieszy się od lat ogromną popularnością. I choć kultura japo...
CalT
CalT rated it
1.5 Oh well ...
Reading other reviews I had expected more of this book but it just didn't grab me in the same way as some of the author's earlier works. I found the face too slow and plot development somewhat predictable.
Bridget Reads
Bridget Reads rated it
4.0 Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Finally finished it after putting it down so many times over the last couple months or so. I did enjoy it and was enjoying it at the time but it's a heavy book for me personally, so I kept having to put it down. It ended the way I wanted it to. How she went about things some may not agree with, but ...
Incomplete Tales
Incomplete Tales rated it
I have no idea how to begin this review, nothing I can possibly say will adequately measure how beautifully enchanting the writing was. Without looking at the context and any possible controversies surrounding how this book came to be, I thought this novel was a mesmerizing read from start to finish...
A Reading Vocation
A Reading Vocation rated it
3.0 Book 16/100: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (plus movie review)
Around the Year Reading Challenge Item #2: A book set in a different continentThe more historical fiction I read, the more I wonder whether it's just not the genre for me, even though I like history and the ability to travel "back in time" through reading.But despite all the accolades this book has ...
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