Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel

Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel Author Arthur Golden
ISBN-10 0679781587
ISBN-13 9780679781585
Year 1999-01-10
Pages 434
Language English
Publisher Vintage
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A literary sensation and runaway bestseller this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan s most celebrated geisha Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha It 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 she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha dance and music wearing kimono elaborate makeup and hair pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist competing with a jealous rival for men s solicitude and the money that goes with it In Memoirs of a Geisha 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 It is a unique and triumphant work of fictionat once romantic erotic suspensefuland completely unforgettable

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