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Memoirs of a Geisha

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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha's elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara. And "Memoirs of a Geisha" is a triumphant work - suspenseful, and utterly persuasive. "From the Trade Paperback edition."
Release date NZ
November 15th, 2005
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Country of Publication
United States
Edition
Large type / large print edition
Imprint
Random House USA Inc
Pages
758
Dimensions
164x242x41
ISBN-13
9780739326220
Product ID
1685381

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