The book moves at a fast pace with an emotional grip that would not let you put it down. The author traces the life of a Geisha from the time of adoption to retirement. It is a compelling read for anyone interested in Japanese culture, anthropology and wants to visit Japan. Geisha are not prostitutes as it is popularly believed, they are artists as the word “geish” means art.
They are trained dancers and formed a substantial part of the Japanese society before the World War. The book brings light to the slowly dying art form of the geishas. It explores human emotion from the point of view of a child, a teenager, a young woman and a retired geisha.
It beautifully portrays a variety of feelings such as love and jealousy. It is a must read for a feminist as well to understand different perspectives of a woman’s life set in a different time.
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