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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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    This book was FANTASTIC... It takes you into a world not seen from the outside. congratulations

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    G. Roth 07-11-08
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    Very impressed. Very well read and amazing story.

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    Fero MyjavaSlovakia 07-08-08
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    Janet Fort Wayne, IN, USA 02-23-08
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    Katherine Long Beach, CA, USA 05-24-07
    Katherine Long Beach, CA, USA 05-24-07
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    This was definitely one of the best books I've listened to. I looked forward to getting in my car for my evening commute and spent many extra minutes in my dark garage lost in the story and characters. The reader can make or break a audio book for me and Ms. Dunne was fabulous.

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    Lisa Davie, FL, USA 01-28-07
    Lisa Davie, FL, USA 01-28-07 Member Since 2014
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    This is the best read I've ever had. I was so sad when it ended. So interesting, and a wonderful story. Read it, you will be glad you did!

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    One of the best books I've read in a long time!

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    Mai dunedinNew Zealand 05-24-06
    Mai dunedinNew Zealand 05-24-06
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    Wonderful book! I loved so much.. was so gutted when it was over. Worth every cent.

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    Sally Haslett, MI, United States 05-12-06
    Sally Haslett, MI, United States 05-12-06
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    "Memoirs of a Great Read"

    Thoroughly entranced by Memoirs of a Geisha-The narration was soothing to listen to and the writing pulled you into reliving the story with superb descriptions!

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