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  1. Rescued Post donnae 28th February 2006 12:46 PM Geisha of Gion I loved Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden and was intrigued to read this account by Mineko Iwasaki, as Arthur Golden had thanked her for her contribution to his novel. I have since read that she was unhappy that he went public with the fact she assisted him, and published her own memoirs to try and dispel some of the "myths" he has seemingly given credence to. Two main examples of these "myths" are that Geisha are high-class prostitutes and that the virginity of a Maiko or "trainee Geisha" is sold to the highest bidder. I wonder if they are "myths" or whether it is part of the Geisha world they would rather was not publicly known. Mineko Iwasaki has also apparently upset the Geisha community by divulging her story, as they are supposed to have a code of secrecy about their "world"! This book is fascinating, covering Mineko's adoption at 5 years of age until her retirement at the age of 29 in the 1970's. She gives very detailed descriptions of the route to becoming a highly successful Geiko (a Geisha in Kyoto) and how driven she was in her pursuit to be the best. She comes across as quite conceited and self-opinionated but she is a product of a system that she eventually rebels against. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha. Tess 1st March 2006 03:02 PM I also loved Memoirs of a Geisha and really want to read this one but Amazon have still not sent it to me despite being purchased from my wishlist before Christmas! At least it sounds like the wait will be worth it donnae 1st March 2006 06:17 PM I was looking at it on Amazon last night, and it appears that for some versions there is a 4-6 week wait and a sourcing fee!! Then again, one version of it has an availability of 24 hours. Strange. I am having a bit of a Geisha fest at the moment. I had re-read Memoirs of a Geisha before this one, and I am now re-reading Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda. She was a "Hot Springs" Geisha in the 1940's and had a very harsh life. So far much more gritty than the other two books. After I have finished this, I will be reading Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata. Then I will be fed up with Japan! Hope your copy comes soon - I would send you my copy but I am a habitual re-reader (as you can see!) supersexy007 28th March 2006 10:31 PM I am going to try to get hold of a copy of this too - sounds like one I would enjoy! Flingo 28th March 2006 11:56 PM I saw it in The Works in Winchester today for the bargain price of £1.99! I am incredibly tempted to go back and buy it tomorrow....*must resist* :runaway: supersexy007 30th March 2006 09:48 PM Quote: Originally Posted by Flingo I saw it in The Works in Winchester today for the bargain price of £1.99! I am incredibly tempted to go back and buy it tomorrow....*must resist* :runaway: Don't resist!!! That's a bargain!!! Flingo 24th April 2006 05:54 PM I gave in last weekend... donnae 24th April 2006 07:37 PM Well done! Hope you enjoy it.
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