Memoirs of a Geisha, Paperback
4 out of 5 (21 ratings)


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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I think there is some controversy about this novel: who inspired it; whether it was done before (see Lisa Dalby's book). However, taken at face value this is a fascinating insight into a vanishing culture and deals with the life of one woman from childhood to old age (by which time she has left the Geisha lifestyle and lives in the US).

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Very readable story of the life of a Geisha before, during and after World War II. Her life and loves and how she copes and survives all that is thrown at her by life. It possibly suffered a bit badly by my having read Geisha by Lisa Darby before reading it but it is an interesting account of the life and times of a Geisha. Now to see the film.

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Still the best book I have ever read.

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A beautiful book. Very well written, engaging, and sensual. I don\'t mean sensual as in sexy, but sensual in the descriptions. It\'s almost tactile.Beautiful. I enjoyed it immensely and when it was over I wanted to read it again.

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Entertaining enough but I don't see what the fuss is about. Many have said that they don't believe a man could have written this but why not? It's not that insightful regarding the female psyche.

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