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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.
A must read. The visions, emotions, and mind-set this memoir creates is just....Enchanting. a must read, even for the not so frequent readerPublished 11 hours ago by Christy M Fain
Apart from the heartwarming romance and drama, this book is a totally redolent peek to the word Geisha and to the world of Geishas. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Timothy Olivas
Memoirs of a Geisha has been one of my favorite movies for years but it took me a long time to read the book. I am glad I did because this is an amazing book. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Cindy S
I found this book to be very interesting to learn of the customs so many years ago, and what a wonderful love story this turned out to be. Great reading.Published 16 days ago by Kathleen Connelly