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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  

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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.

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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.


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‘Intimate and brutal, written in cool lucid prose it is a novel whose psychological empathy and historical truths are outstanding’ Mail on Sunday

''Endless and fascinating-a narrative that is both gripping and beautifully paced-a
wonderful read' Observer

''This is a high-wire act- Rarely has a world so closed and foreign been evoked with
such natural assurance' New Yorker

''Memoirs of a Geisha ' is the sort of novel that novel-lovers yearn for, which is to say, so convincing that while reading it you become transported to another time, another place, and feel you're listening and seeing with someone else's ears and eyes' Margaret Forster

About the Author

Arthur Golden

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.

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Publication date

4th August 2011

Author

Arthur Golden

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Publisher

Vintage

Format

Paperback

Categories

Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780099563082

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