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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.
Riveting to the max! This has become my favorite book EVER! The storyline is great, the way the author wrote this book is very effervecent and genuine. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Gustavo Benitez
An outstanding memoir of life for Japanese geisha. The story is so well written, it is sensitive and thoughtful. I could hardly put it down.Published 4 days ago by Billie A Wagoner
I found myself cheering Sayuri all the way.
GO SAYURI GO!!!
The pacing was good, Sayuri was a character that many readers will identify with and the setting... Read more
This book will knock down any stereotypical ideas you might have had about Geishas. The descriptions are so amazing that I felt I was holding a picture book instead. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Denise Russell
Having seen the movie, I wanted to read the book, and I have to say I wish I'd read the book first. I enjoyed it, and I think I would have enjoyed it more if the book's events had... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Swank Ivy
This was a very popular book and I was told many times by friends that I should read it. I finally did and wasn't quite as thrilled as my friends were. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Rebecca Lee
Read this years ago and loved it. Re-read it and didn't remember any of it and thought it was OK.Published 14 days ago by Allison R. Coffin
I found this book very interesting and well written. I really had no idea of the life and activities of the Geisha. This story was easy to read and I felt it was very factual.Published 15 days ago by Kathy Picklesimer
What a great book! And I'm not even fond of Japan, but I couldn't put away this one! Loved the main character, loved the whole setting, highly recommend!Published 16 days ago by Jessie P.