It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable.
©1997 Arthur Golden; Copyright ©1998 by Random House, Inc.
"Astonishing...Breathtaking...You are seduced completely." (Washington Post Book World)
"...a bravura performance, a first novel that provides a vivid view into a largely lost and secret world." (The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review)
A very touching story, read by a beautiful voice. The author creates beautiful and vivid mental pictures. Some of the passages are hard to hear; however make the story more authentic. Well worth a listen.
The unique voice and story telling from the eyes of the young girl to become a geisha are remarkable.
This is not my usual type of book, and I only read it because a friend pushed me to read it. I am so grateful he did. It was wonderful. A classic in the making.
Wanted to write a quick note to those who listen while they drive to and from work: this is a best practice in audiobooks. The volume is consistent, the voice clear and easy to understand. The reading is unhurried so that you can savor every word. The story of course is totally absorbing. The end result: noisy highway or quiet streets don't mean you have to constantly adjust the volume controls. You can cruise along completely immersed and happy. Wish more audiobooks were read like this one! (Obviously I am not a big fan of stage-worthy "voice acting.")
This book was fantastic. The story was compelling and the reader was perfect. It's a long story, but it's so good that I listened to it twice. I HIGHLY recommend it.
The book can be viewed as a good exposure to Japan's culture, traditions and history....The book had a lot more to offer to those who are trying to do business with Japan than those who are interested in its night life...A delighting book to listen to on the treadmill or while driving..
There is a reason this book sold 4,000,000 copies, at least. It is a very moving story even for a "man". Really, the most interesting character to me beyond the heroine was her love interest, the "Chairman." In this book the Chairman is a the head of an electrical appliance manufacturing company. He is the most decent man I have run across in fiction or non-fiction anywhere. The closest example I could think of today that reminds me of the Chairman is our Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. I can imagine Mr. Powell's only problem is that there are not more civilized, thoughtful, effective people around like himself. He and the "Chairman" are what the world needs today.
Our geisha heroine in the book explains how presence of mind can help us get through to difficult people. She is also one of the finest examples I have seen in literature of the civilizing influence of women upon men.
Kudos to the author Arthur Golden for presenting such fine characterizations. It takes some brilliance just to put them into plain words, like he does.
I should hope that one day we will have women, as well as men, who can combine the great qualities of the main characters of this book.
I can only imagine what it would be like to have our great corporations run by people such as the Chairman, and I believe it should and could happen.
P.S. I really stepped into something when the next book I listened to was "Hiroshima" by John Hersey. My life cannot be the same after these two books.
I could not get enough of this book. This is one of the most compelling stories I have heard in a long time. Too bad it was my first audiobook, because nothing has topped it since then!!!
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