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MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

Golden, Arthur.

ISBN 10: 0676531938 / ISBN 13: 9780676531930
Published by KNOPF. NY 1997, 1997
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Title: MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA.

Publisher: KNOPF. NY 1997

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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11 cassettes / 18 hours
Unabridged
Read by Bernadette Dunne
Also available abridged on audio
"Beautifully detailed . . .  [Listeners] are likely to come away feeling as if they've just spent several hours with the most gifted geisha in Kyoto."
--San Francisco Chronicle

At last, the  literary sensation and runaway bestseller, unabridged on audio.

This brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

"Astonishing . . . Breathtaking . . . You are seduced completely."
- Washington Book World

In Memoris of a Geisha, Nitta Sayuri tells us in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate of her life as a geisha.  Her story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house.  We witness her transformation as we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion.

A unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable.

Review:

According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art of fiction, Golden trained as long and hard as any geisha who must master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation, crafty battle with rival beauties, and cunning seduction of wealthy patrons. After earning degrees in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia--and an M.A. in English--he met a man in Tokyo who was the illegitimate offspring of a renowned businessman and a geisha. This meeting inspired Golden to spend 10 years researching every detail of geisha culture, chiefly relying on the geisha Mineko Iwasaki, who spent years charming the very rich and famous.

The result is a novel with the broad social canvas (and love of coincidence) of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen's intense attention to the nuances of erotic maneuvering. Readers experience the entire life of a geisha, from her origins as an orphaned fishing-village girl in 1929 to her triumphant auction of her mizuage (virginity) for a record price as a teenager to her reminiscent old age as the distinguished mistress of the powerful patron of her dreams. We discover that a geisha is more analogous to a Western "trophy wife" than to a prostitute--and, as in Austen, flat-out prostitution and early death is a woman's alternative to the repressive, arcane system of courtship. In simple, elegant prose, Golden puts us right in the tearoom with the geisha; we are there as she gracefully fights for her life in a social situation where careers are made or destroyed by a witticism, a too-revealing (or not revealing enough) glimpse of flesh under the kimono, or a vicious rumor spread by a rival "as cruel as a spider."

Golden's web is finely woven, but his book has a serious flaw: the geisha's true romance rings hollow--the love of her life is a symbol, not a character. Her villainous geisha nemesis is sharply drawn, but she would be more so if we got a deeper peek into the cause of her motiveless malignity--the plight all geisha share. Still, Golden has won the triple crown of fiction: he has created a plausible female protagonist in a vivid, now-vanished world, and he gloriously captures Japanese culture by expressing his thoughts in authentic Eastern metaphors.

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