This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience.
It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha -summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan's dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.
A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house.
She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York.
Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha - dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the land's most powerful men.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 512 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 04/06/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099771517