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From start to finish, the listener is absorbed in the elegant spirit of Davis's performance, eager to hear the next chapter of Sayuri's transformation into one of the most famous geishas of the century. How unfortunate, then, to learn that book readers not only get the basic story, but a fascinating look at the intricate rules and rituals of geisha culture. Here, for example, is one of the many revelations omitted from the cassette: "Japanese men, as a rule, feel about a woman's neck and throat the same way that men in the West might feel about a woman's legs.... In fact, a geisha leaves a tiny margin of skin bare all around the hairline, causing her makeup to look even more artificial.... When a man sits beside her, he becomes that much more aware of the bare skin beneath."
We're also denied several subplots--the aborted friendship between Sayuri and a geisha named Pumpkin, for example, or much of the story involving the man Sayuri is secretly in love with. But what remains is as precious as a traditional Japanese kimono--at once artistic, suggestive, and moving. --Ann Senechal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is a page turner, and Chiyo is a sympathetic character for most of the story.
Such a beautiful work, which weaved a real life like story, it was difficult to believe that this was a fiction written very well.
One of the ways I like to rate books is how much I miss them when I'm finished and I feel as though I've lost a good friend.
I have the movie and always wanted to read the book! The movie does the book no justice! I love it!Published 1 day ago by Usagi
This book was awesome. It truly kept my attention. I loved the combination of history and fiction in this novel. Great read!Published 2 days ago by Kassandra Pichardo
This was an interesting, entertaining, and informative story about a culture that I have always wondered about. I thoroughly enjoyed it.Published 14 days ago by decoratingfan
This is a wonderful story about the trials that are faced by an amazing young woman whom has decided to do whatever it takes to succeed in life.Published 16 days ago by Sonya Espinosa