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Memoirs of a Geisha | [Arthur Golden]

Memoirs of a Geisha

In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.
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Audible Editor Reviews

After the death of her mother, a young girl from a rural fishing village is sold to a Geisha House in the Gion District of Kyoto. Her fate continually twists, along with Japan's, before, during and after World War II.

This listen captures with great detail the lush glamour of a geisha's world, as well as the brutal realities of indentured servitude. The experience is superior to that of the movie, because each moment is mined for maximum insight. Protocols and relationships, even food and finances, are also meticulously described. The result is total immersion in this fascinating culture.

The narration may seem reserved, but that is appropriate given the book's setting. The sexual content is also very discreet and appropriate. Watching the movie is only getting your feet wet; get the full experience through this listen, a bewitching strong step into not just another time, but another world.

Publisher's Summary

Nitta Sayuri tells us in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate of her life as a geisha. Her story begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as 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 is scorned as illusion.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Precios East Lansing, MI, USA 02-08-06
    Precios East Lansing, MI, USA 02-08-06 Member Since 2005
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    "Memoirs of a Geisha (Unabridged)"

    This move is riveting. As you listen you are drawn into the story so much that you don't want to stop listening until the story is done. I highly recommend this audibook.

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    Nathan San Francisco, CA 02-07-06
    Nathan San Francisco, CA 02-07-06 Member Since 2004
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    "Beautiful"

    Beautifully written and narrated -- as it is very long you wish there was more. If you want to enjoy the movie, watch it first, then read the book.

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    Shmuel Houston, TX, USA 01-15-06
    Shmuel Houston, TX, USA 01-15-06 Member Since 2004
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    "MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA"

    It is not much fun to listen to this book. Hours of details of fighting between the the geishas, not a break . I will give this book below average recommendation.

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sally 03-01-05
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    "Memoirs of a Geisha"

    Excellent Read! I didn't want it to end.

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