Interesting, and quite different from "Memoirs of a Geisha". No happy endings here. The story of a geisha who was dirt poor and not in the glamorous life of the aforementioned novel. This is a true autobiography. Gritty, informative, sad.
Not just a good book, but an important one.
Sayo Masuda's memoir gives an unembellished, unromanticized view of what it was really like to live and work as a geisha. It's a story of extreme poverty and oppression, but her resilience, spirit and humor shine through. It feels to me as though translator Rowley truly captured her authentic voice - the tale seems honest and sincere. The author never flinches from telling the bad along with the good, and the result is a story which truly shows the universality of humanity at our best and worst, regardless of time period or culture.
I really enjoyed this book. I purchased it after reading Memoirs of a Geisha. This is a true story, and a little heartbreaking.