Did not think I would love this book, but indeed I did. It will make you want to visit Kyoto...
The poetically written memoirs provided almost 18 hours of sheer listening enjoyment. I am looking forward to listening to it again.
This was a wonderful "read"! It is a telling statement that is relevant for today regarding the effect of poverty on women's lives. It is a fascinating story of the times which echoes into this day of children being sold into sexual slavery. The geisha of this story lived as a geisha in pre and post World War II Japan. In some way she seems to romanticize her life; however, this is understandable given that she was sold to be a geisha at an early age due to the imminent death of her mother and stepfather. I was drawn along into the story and recommend it highly. I learned a lot about the Japanese culture of the past and as mentioned above, it?s lessons are valuable today.
I EXPECTED this book to be good but I was blown away by its beauty and scope. I love reading, love books, but this was way over the top in the enjoyment department!
I see everone That has downloaded this book gave it a 5 STAR review. I wish I could give it a 10 STAR WOW! it is one of the best I have ever heard. I wish she got to see her sister. A must to read.
This book gets a head of steam and seems like it will lose it's pace, but it just keeps going stronger and stronger. Better than the DaVinci Code when it comes to cultural back ground. Even somewhat suspenseful for a simple memoir. My only issue, and this actually really bugs, is that the reader can not pronounce Japanese words that good.
I have to admit I got rather tired of the first third of this book. I wanted to get this part over with and start delving into the "secret world of the geisha". There's really not too much of that in this book. But it does get more interesting once the heroine begins her geisha studies, and it does have a satisfactory ending, in my opinion.