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Publisher Description

This is a seductive and evocative epic on an intimate scale, which tells the extraordinary story of a geisha girl. Summoning up more than twenty years of Japan's most dramatic history, it uncovers a hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation. From a small fishing village in 1929, the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s, where 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; it exquisitely evokes another culture, a different time and the details of an extraordinary way of life. It conjures 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 most powerful men.

Fiction & Literature
2 December
Random House
The Random House Group Limited

Customer Reviews

Daniel Ngô ,


This story is just so very touching. I made me to buy it right away after read few pages. Try it and you'll dip into it.

MoniqueWilliames ,

My imagination went wild on Kimono & colour

I saw this movie years ago and liked it. It was okay. When the book club said they were reading it I thought okay. It won't be so bad. Well I LOVED IT! I could not put it down. It had so much detail about customs and real life in Japan in the early 1900's and the traditions of geisha and especially the dress. The story line was wonderful and you could put yourself in the main characters shoes and feel what she felt.
A Great read!

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