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Fabulous insight into the world of Geisha
on 12 February 2002
After reading 'Memoirs of a Geisha' I became somewhat enchanted by this magical world of Geisha. Since then I have read many (both fictional and non-fictional) books on this subject. Liza Dalby's 'Geisha' is a truly fabulous look into the historical background and changing nature of these women. At times the prose tends to read a bit like an essay or dissertation and you get the feeling that she has tried a bit too hard to include pompous and sometimes unecessarily 'flowery' language often with complex and overpowering sentence structures. The book would simply not be the same though without these aspects, it is after all not a novel about Geisha. Once you get used to re-reading parts that are especially thick and in-depth the book does become more enjoyable. This is a highly intelligent and educational book, though, which may account for some of the opulent grammar and language. Having said that, I particularily like the inclusion of photographs to highlight certain parts of the text. The factual content is, however, one of the best I have come across. If 'Memoirs of a Geisha' inspired you to find out more about the customs, traditions and rituals involved in a Geisha's life then this is a wonderful book for you. Although, I would recommend reading 'Memoirs of a Geisha' first as a 'taster' as this might be a bit heavy for those who do not have the craving to learn more about the intruiging world of Geisha.