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A first novel, so in some ways one must forgive the author for a little flagging in the middle. Having said that I do most earnestly recommend it. As an insight into the extraordinary culture, it is flawless.
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.
This stunning epic was adapted into a film in 2005, directed by Rob Marshall. The rights to the film were bought by its producers just one month after the book was published in 2007.
‘Exceptional and erotic’ - Literary Review
Publication date: 04/08/2011
Publication date: 05/08/2010
Publisher: Vintage an imprint of CCV
|Publication date:||5th August 2010|
|Publisher:||Vintage an imprint of CCV|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Diverse Voices,|
|Collections:||50+ Novels That Explore the Wonders of Asia,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Arthur Golden was born and brought up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is a 1978 graduate of Harvard College with a degree in art history, specialising in Japanese art. In 1980 he earned an MA in Japanese history from Columbia where he also learned Mandarin Chinese.More About Arthur Golden