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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.
"We don't become geisha so our lives will be satisfying. We become geisha because we have no other choice. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Relax and Read Reviews
I was wrapped up in this story from the very first poetic chapter. Arthur has given us a delightful rendition of the life of a geisha more colorful than I could have ever... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Michelle White
Enjoyed reading this Geisha's memoirs. It is a story of her hard life. This book kept my interest to the end.Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I could not wait to get home every day to read this book. Poetically written. I felt like a friend of the main character.Published 6 days ago by Kristin
This is a well-written novel. Arthur Golden does a terrific job bringing you inside "The Pillow World," and does it superbly. Read morePublished 9 days ago by James G. Moore Jr.
I enjoyed reading about Geishas and their ability to overcome hardships in order to reach their goal, even if it wasn't always of their choosing.Published 9 days ago by Mary Reiter