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Memoirs of a geisha

By: Golden, Arthur

140701966X / 9781407019666
eBook (EPUB)
02/12/2008
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England
363 pages
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This is a seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, which tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl.

Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan's most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.

From a small fishing village in 1929, the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s, where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house.

She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York; it exquisitely evokes another culture, a different time and the details of an extraordinary way of life.

It conjures 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 kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most powerful men.

BIC:

FA Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

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