Book Reviews of Autobiography of a Geisha

Autobiography of a Geisha
Autobiography of a Geisha
Author: Sayo Masuda
ISBN-13: 9780231129510
ISBN-10: 0231129513
Publication Date: 5/30/2005
Pages: 216
Rating:
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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4.2 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1
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.
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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.
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I really enjoyed this book. I purchased it after reading Memoirs of a Geisha. This is a true story, and a little heartbreaking.