Memoirs of a Geisha (Vintage Contemporaries) by Arthur Golden

By Arthur Golden

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this outstanding debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and beautiful lyricism the real confessions of 1 of Japan's such a lot celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the knowledge of age and in a voice without delay haunting and startlingly speedy, Nitta Sayuri tells the tale of her existence as a geisha. It starts in a bad fishing village in 1929, whilst, as a nine-year-old woman with strange blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her domestic and bought into slavery to a well known geisha condominium. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and tune; donning kimono, intricate make-up, and hair; pouring sake to bare only a contact of internal wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that is going with it.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we input an international the place appearances are paramount; the place a girl's virginity is auctioned to the top bidder; the place ladies are expert to beguile the main strong males; and the place love is scorned as phantasm. it's a targeted and positive paintings of fiction—at as soon as romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and thoroughly unforgettable.

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Memoirs of a Geisha (Vintage Contemporaries)

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this amazing debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and delightful lyricism the real confessions of 1 of Japan's such a lot celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the knowledge of age and in a voice straight away haunting and startlingly speedy, Nitta Sayuri tells the tale of her lifestyles as a geisha. It starts off in a bad fishing village in 1929, while, as a nine-year-old woman with strange blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her domestic and bought into slavery to a popular geisha apartment. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and tune; donning kimono, complicated make-up, and hair; pouring sake to bare only a contact of internal wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the cash that is going with it.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we input an international the place appearances are paramount; the place a girl's virginity is auctioned to the top bidder; the place girls are informed to beguile the main robust males; and the place love is scorned as phantasm. it's a certain and effective paintings of fiction—at as soon as romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and thoroughly unforgettable.

From the alternate Paperback variation.

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I must pay,' she said, and opened the case. There was a sudden flash of gold. The two men quickened in their chairs. They squinted at the little old woman standing beside the tremendous heart-shaped object which towered above her with its shining columbined pedestal atop which a calm Grecian face with antelope eyes looked serenely at them even as Miss Hillgood looked now. The two men shot each other the quickest and most startled of glances, as if each had guessed what might happen next. They hurried across the lobby, breathing hard, to sit on the very edge of the hot velvet lounge, wiping their faces with damp handkerchiefs.

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