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Geisha : A Life
Geisha A Life
Author: Mineko Iwasaki, Rande Brown
No woman in the three-hundred-year history of the karyukai has ever come forward in public to tell her story -- until now. "Many say I was the best geisha of my generation," writes Mineko Iwasaki. "And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave." Trained to become a geisha from th...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743444293
ISBN-10: 0743444299
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 142 ratings
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 7
Great book. I had finished "Memoirs of a Geisha" right before reading this and loved that one also. Memoirs is fiction, while this is autobiographical so there are differences in the details. The story is told beautifully and gives a great peek into the life of a real geisha. It dispels a lot of myths and misconceptions that people have. Definitely worth the read - especially if you are interested in that aspect of Japanese culture.
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Helpful Score: 6
This is an interesting memoire in which a woman who describes herself as one of the pre-eminent geishas of post-war Japan describes how she came to be a geisha (or geiko) as well as what her training was to achieve the title. Since it isn't fiction it's devoid of drama but full of interesting facts about a life inside a compound of powerful women living much more complex and empowered lives than you might guess.
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Helpful Score: 4
For those of you who have read "Memoirs Of A Geisha," this gives a fascinating account of a real geisha's life. It was fun to compare.
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Helpful Score: 3
It was interesting to read a personal, real-life story of a geisha. If you've read or plan to read Memoirs of a Geisha or any book like that, it's fun to be able to compare fact and fiction. Even if you haven't or won't read a fictional geisha story, it's still interesting to read a first-hand account about the lives of geisha and everything from the what is demanded of them, their day-to-day lives, and even how much their kimono may cost. Overall, a good read if you're interested in geisha or Japanese culture. There are several pages of photographs as well.

Also, this is the same book as Geisha of Gion. The book was published as Geisha, A Life in the U.S. and Geisha of Gion in the UK.
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Helpful Score: 2
A fascinating read. It has been criticized for not being as descriptive as the Memoirs of a Geisha. I find this funny since it is actually a memoir and not a work of fiction. I've read both and find this book engaging.
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This story is the true story of Mineko Iwasaki who was a Geisha for several years. She shares her life experience growning up and how she became a Geisha. I found the story to be very fasinating as she tells how the different individuals who shaped her and her drive to succeed.
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An interesting story of a geisha and the culture surrounding it, but also a story of a very strong woman.
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This is a delightful story about a most successful woman who chooses to change her lifestyle at age 29. The author was trained from the age of 6, learned many lessons of life and talks in frankness about her life as a geisha. Very good read!