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Autobiography of a Geisha Hardcover – 16 May 2003

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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (16 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231129505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231129503
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.6 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 22 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,970,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"At once intriguing and heartbreaking." -- "Publishers Weekly"

"Masuda's memoir is a must-read for those interested in the lives of geishas." -- "Booklist"

"Her story is heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit prevents it from becoming maudlin." -- Elizabeth Quinn, "Bust"

"As I read this autobiography I cried for the women who live their lives as geishas...Thank you, Sayo Masuda, for revealing your life to us." -- Judy Helman, "Woman's Day"

"Courageously, Masuda refuses to put white makeup on the unsightly aspects of her tale, inviting readers to take a long, hard look at the unadulterated face of geisha living." -- "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"This account shocked Japanese readers with its bitter taste of grinding poverty and its revelations about the geisha world's dark side. A comfortless portrait of the flip side of the geisha world, where one is more slave than courtesan." -- "Kirkus Reviews"

"[Masuda's] endurance of adversity is admirable, as is the down-to-earth way in which she relates her story. She is witty, realistic, and forthright about her life, and readers will admire her courage and determination." -- Marlene Y. Satter, "Foreword Magazine"

"ÝMasuda's¨ endurance of adversity is admirable, as is the down-to-earth way in which she relates her story. She is witty, realistic, and forthright about her life, and readers will admire her courage and determination." -- Marlene Y. Satter, "Foreword Magazine"

" "Autobiography of a Geisha" is a compelling... gritty and at times bleak account, but one which is related with great pathos and humor throughout. Rowley is to be commended." -- "Bulletin of the School of Oriental and AFrican Studies, University of London"

"A much-needed corrective to the romantic myths spun around this profession... Superbly preserved and sensitively rendered... [Masuda's] gripping, heart-rending and humorous account is a gem, especially as it offers a view 'from below' of the untold social history of modern Japan." -- "Times Literary Supplement"

"At once intriguing and heartbreaking." -- Publishers Weekly

"Masuda's memoir is a must-read for those interested in the lives of geishas." -- Booklist

"Her story is heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit prevents it from becoming maudlin." -- Elizabeth Quinn, Bust

"As I read this autobiography I cried for the women who live their lives as geishas...Thank you, Sayo Masuda, for revealing your life to us." -- Judy Helman, Woman's Day

"Courageously, Masuda refuses to put white makeup on the unsightly aspects of her tale, inviting readers to take a long, hard look at the unadulterated face of geisha living." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"This account shocked Japanese readers with its bitter taste of grinding poverty and its revelations about the geisha world's dark side. A comfortless portrait of the flip side of the geisha world, where one is more slave than courtesan." -- Kirkus Reviews

"[Masuda's] endurance of adversity is admirable, as is the down-to-earth way in which she relates her story. She is witty, realistic, and forthright about her life, and readers will admire her courage and determination." -- Marlene Y. Satter, Foreword Magazine

" Autobiography of a Geisha is a compelling... gritty and at times bleak account, but one which is related with great pathos and humor throughout. Rowley is to be commended." -- Bulletin of the School of Oriental and AFrican Studies, University of London

"A much-needed corrective to the romantic myths spun around this profession... Superbly preserved and sensitively rendered... [Masuda's] gripping, heart-rending and humorous account is a gem, especially as it offers a view 'from below' of the untold social history of modern Japan." -- Times Literary Supplement

"At once intriguing and heartbreaking." -- "Publishers Weekly"

"Masuda's memoir is a must-read for those interested in the lives of geishas." -- "Booklist"

"Her story is heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit prevents it from becoming maudlin." -- Elizabeth Quinn, "Bust"

"As I read this autobiography I cried for the women who live their lives as geishas...Thank you, Sayo Masuda, for revealing your life to us." -- Judy Helman, "Woman's Day"

"Courageously, Masuda refuses to put white makeup on the unsightly aspects of her tale, inviting readers to take a long, hard look at the unadulterated face of geisha living." -- "Los Angeles Times Book Review"

"This account shocked Japanese readers with its bitter taste of grinding poverty and its revelations about the geisha world's dark side. A comfortless portrait of the flip side of the geisha world, where one is more slave than courtesan." -- "Kirkus Reviews"

"[Masuda's] endurance of adversity is admirable, as is the down-to-earth way in which she relates her story. She is witty, realistic, and forthright about her life, and readers will admire her courage and determination." -- Marlene Y. Satter, "Foreword Magazine"

" "Autobiography of a Geisha" is a compelling... gritty and at times bleak account, but one which is related with great pathos and humor throughout. Rowley is to be commended." -- "Bulletin of the School of Oriental and AFrican Studies, University of London"

"A much-needed corrective to the romantic myths spun around this profession... Superbly preserved and sensitively rendered... [Masuda's] gripping, heart-rending and humorous account is a gem, especially as it offers a view 'from below' of the untold social history of modern Japan." -- "Times Literary Supplement"

"Originally published in Japan in the 1950's, "Autobiography of a Geisha" is a remarkably fresh and personal account of a life that is a far cry not only from the Eastern exoticism of [John Ball's "Miss One Hundred Thousand Spring Blossoms"], but also from the upscale and at least sometimes glamorous lives depicted in [Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha,"" -- "Persimmon"

"Since the publication of Arthur Golden's bestselling novel "Memoirs of a Geisha," there has been a spate of books that an unkind reviewer might label 'follow-ons'... While all of these speak to a greater or lesser extent of the hardships and occasional cruelties of the geisha's life, none provides as raw and unvarnished account as Sayo Masuda's "Autobiography,"" -- "Monumenta Nipponica"

[Masuda's] endurance of adversity is admirable, as is the down-to-earth way in which she relates her story. She is witty, realistic, and forthright about her life, and readers will admire her courage and determination.--Marlene Y. Satter "Foreword Magazine "

As I read this autobiography I cried for the women who live their lives as geishas...Thank you, Sayo Masuda, for revealing your life to us.--Judy Helman "Woman's Day "

Her story is heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit prevents it from becoming maudlin.--Elizabeth Quinn"Bust" (01/01/0001)

[Masuda's] endurance of adversity is admirable, as is the down-to-earth way in which she relates her story. She is witty, realistic, and forthright about her life, and readers will admire her courage and determination.

--Marlene Y. Satter "Foreword Magazine "

As I read this autobiography I cried for the women who live their lives as geishas...Thank you, Sayo Masuda, for revealing your life to us.

--Judy Helman "Woman's Day "

Her story is heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit prevents it from becoming maudlin.

--Elizabeth Quinn"Bust" (01/01/0001)

[Masuda's] endurance of adversity is admirable, as is the down-to-earth way in which she relates her story. She is witty, realistic, and forthright about her life, and readers will admire her courage and determination.--Marlene Y. Satter "Foreword Magazine "

As I read this autobiography I cried for the women who live their lives as geishas...Thank you, Sayo Masuda, for revealing your life to us.--Judy Helman "Woman's Day "

Her story is heartbreaking, but her indomitable spirit prevents it from becoming maudlin.--Elizabeth Quinn "Bust "

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'This engrossing and very human story...offers the reader a compelling portrait' Arthur Golden --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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