Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Golden, Arthur, Paperback 1999

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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel by Golden, Arthur, Paperback 1999

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"Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut" ("Newsweek"), "Memoirs of a Geisha" is now released in a movie tie-in edition., A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It 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 she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. In Memoirs of a Geisha , 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."

Product Identifiers
ISBN-10 0679781587
ISBN-13 9780679781585

Key Details
Author Arthur Golden
Number Of Pages 448 pages
Series Vintage Contemporaries
Format Paperback
Publication Date 1999-01-10
Language English
Publisher Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Year 1999

Additional Details
Copyright Date 1997

Weight 10.9 Oz
Height 1 In.
Width 5.3 In.
Length 8 In.

Target Audience
Group Trade

Classification Method
LCCN 98-026449
LC Classification Number PS3557.O35926M45
Dewey Decimal 813.54
Dewey Edition 22

Reviews "Astonishing . . . breathtaking . . . You are seduced completely." Washington Post Book World "Captivating, minutely imagined . . . a novel that refuses to stay shut." Newsweek "A story with the social vibrancy and narrative sweep of a much-loved 19th century bildungsroman. . . . This is a high-wire act. . . . Rarely has a world so closed and foreign been evoked with such natural assurance." The New Yorker

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