Memoirs of a Geisha
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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.Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read 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 fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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"I read this book many years ago and remembered I loved it."
"This is a wonderful read that doesn’t drag you down! The Author, Arthur Golden must have done a lot of research for the book. It is an engaging book that is hard to put down! "
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"This is one of those books I wish I could go back and read for the first time again. It was just beautiful. "
"5/5 stars for me, at first I didn’t really know how to take in the book as there’s so much Japanese culture in it so I definitely had to do some research on a few details in the book. However, the story, details, characters and culture definitely make this a must read and was very memorable for me! Can’t wait to watch the movie to see the difference and similarities between the book and film."