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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel

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Publisher Comments:

An alluring tour de force: a brilliant debut novel told with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism as the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love, always elusive, is scorned as illusion.

Sayuri's story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Through her eyes, we see the decadent heart of Gion — the geisha district of Kyoto — with its marvelous teahouses and theaters, narrow back alleys, ornate temples, and artists' streets. And we witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. But as World War II erupts and the geisha houses are forced to close, Sayuri, with little money and even less food, must reinvent herself all over again to find a rare kind of freedom on her own terms.

Memoirs of a Geisha is a book of nuances and vivid metaphor, of memorable characters rendered with humor and pathos. And though the story is rich with detail and a vast knowledge of history, it is the transparent, seductive voice of Sayuri that the reader remembers.

A dazzling literary achievement of empathy and grace by an extraordinary new writer.

Wonderful, involving, intelligent, fascinating, and almost Dickensian in the way the characters inhabit the landscape, and the landscape permea

Synopsis:

A fisherman's daughter in 1930s Japan rises to become a famous geisha. After training, Sayuri's virginity is sold to the highest bidder, then the school finds her a general for a patron. When he dies, she is reunited with the only man she loved.

Synopsis:

"Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut" ("Newsweek"), "Memoirs of a Geisha" is now released in a movie tie-in edition.

About the Author

Arthur Golden was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at Harvard College, where he received a degree in art history, specializing in Japanese art. In 1980 he earned an M.A. in Japanese history from Columbia University, where he also learned Mandarin Chinese. Following a summer at Beijing University, he worked in Tokyo, and, after returning to the United States, earned an M.A. in English from Boston University. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375406782
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Golden, Arthur
Author:
Golden, Arthur S.
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Animals - General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Fiction-Literary
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Animals - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
Geishas -- Japan -- Fiction.
Subject:
Geishas
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Japan History 20th century Fiction.
Subject:
Foreign Languages-ESL
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literature-Locked Case
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
1997
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
434
Age Level:
4-8

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Product details 434 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780375406782 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A fisherman's daughter in 1930s Japan rises to become a famous geisha. After training, Sayuri's virginity is sold to the highest bidder, then the school finds her a general for a patron. When he dies, she is reunited with the only man she loved.
"Synopsis" by , "Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut" ("Newsweek"), "Memoirs of a Geisha" is now released in a movie tie-in edition.
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