Cover of: Memoirs of a geisha | Golden, Arthur, Golden, Arthur

About the Book

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 fiction--at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful--and completely unforgettable.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Edition Notes

"G.K. Hall large print core series"--T.p. verso.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class 813/.54
Library of Congress PS3557.O35926 M45 1998

The Physical Object

Pagination 699 p. (large print) ;
Number of pages 699

ID Numbers

Open Library OL354045M
Internet Archive memoirsofgeishal00gold
ISBN 10 0783801459, 0783801467
LC Control Number 98013744
Library Thing 2704
Goodreads 1006382 847088

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