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- DescriptionThis 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 rewned 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 kimo, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the land's most powerful men.
- Author BiographyArthur Golden was born and brought up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a 1978 graduate of Harvard College with a degree in art history, specialising in Japanese art. In 1980 he earned an MA in Japanese history from Columbia University where he also learned Mandarin Chinese. After a summer at Beijing University, he went to work at a magazine in Tokyo. In 1988 he recieved an MA in English from Boston University. He has lived and worked in Japan, and since that time has been teaching writing and literature in the Boston area. He now lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and children
- PrizesWinner of Whitaker Gold Book Award 2001. Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003. Shortlisted for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003.
- Author(s)Arthur Golden
- PublisherVintage Publishing
- Date of Publication04/06/1998
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Weight352 g
- Width129 mm
- Height198 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Format DetailsB-format paperback
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- flor06324 Oct, 2016by
Recommended for Asian culture loving people
This novel is one of the best in its genre, however I´ve read better ones as well... I have seen the movie based on this very book and have to say the book is light-years ahead of the movie in quality. I love how the author explains every Japanese expression used during the creation of the book so this way the reader can understand Japanese culture and habits more easily. The novel itself is rather dynamic but after the heroine´s triumph the novel slowly begins to suffer. I won´t write spoilers so if you want to find out what am I talking about buy the book and read it. This edition is a paperback one, which is very good, but one shall take care not to bend vertically the spine of the book.
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