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Memoirs of a Geisha
Nitta Sayuri, a celebrated Geisha of the 1930's and 1940's, dictates her
memoirs from her Park Avenue suite. Her translator, like the author of this
book, is a scholar of Japanese history. As a nine-year-old girl, Sayuri, who
has unusual blue-gray eyes, is sold by her impoverished father to a famous
Geisha house in Kyoto. She undergoes many hardships, especially at the
hands of the beautiful but evil head Geisha, Hatsumomo, until a chance
encounter with a kind older man changes her outlook and the course of her
life. Traditional Japanese culture comes to life in this intimate and detailed
portrait. Beautifully told, and so authentic it's hard to believe that it's fiction.
Reviewed by Ruth H., North County Regional
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Reader's comments about this book
What a page-turner! It is hard to believe that an American male could capture the range of emotions and subtle nuances in the life of a Japanese woman! I can't believe this is fiction. Also, the movie looks promising.
-Ongisa, Charlotte, NC
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