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Blonde Geisha Paperback – 18 Jul 2006
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This book as nothing like what the true geisha lifestyle is about. This book as about deflowering, sexual expressions and well it's an over rated `mills and boon'. The writing is quite comical and childish, not at all erotic. There isn't one sentence where someone isn't thinking, expressing or doing something sexual, which I suppose is good for an erotic novel. But after a while it gets repetitive and annoying.
If you love the true Japanese art of geisha, the culture and the tradition then do not get this book.
I ordered this book without realising it was an erotic novel (it does not say that it is anywhere in the description!!) and I was really disappointed when it came down and I saw that it was.
Never one to say no to trying something new, I thought I will give this a go, at least if it is historically accurate I will still get my Geisha book fix (just a little steamier than usual). However reading the first few pages I was shocked at how this book goes against everything that a Geisha is! She is no longer the artisan she is the prostitute.
Granted I didn't get very far into the book to see if the erotic part got any better but after the description of the "mushroom" I thought it unlikely!
I have never reviewed anything on any of these sites but felt compelled to do so. I will hasten to add that this review is only my humble opinion but if, like me, you are an avid reader of Geisha books, I really would not recommend this book.
Jina Bacarr's debut novel, The Blonde Geisha, transports you to Japan of 1892-1895, and her talented writing keeps you there long after you've finished her book. The sights, sounds, and smells described pull the reader into the story. Her use of phrases in describing anatomy and sexual functions made me smile--they are delightful. This author obviously knows Japan, the Japanese culture and Japanese way of thinking, yet gently imparts her knowledge throughout the book. This is a writer who weaves her story with such skill, the world of The Blonde Geisha remains with you long after the book has been put away.
I highly recommend The Blonde Geisha for the eroticism, the romance and the glimpse into the world of the Japanese Geisha.
When Kathlene Mallory's father becomes endangered, he thinks only of his beloved daughter, whom he must hide. He takes her to the Teahouse of the Look-Back Tree, a geisha house. For three years. Kathlene learns sensual arts of pleasing a man, how to pleasure them. As much as she has longed for such a life, her Western ways bring disorder to the otherwise peaceful teahouse. When she draws the attention of the powerful Baron Tonda, her time to grant the pillow and sell spring, her virginity, is at hand. While her greatest wish is about to come true, she does not want the baron. Her heart beats strong for a strange gaijin, a foreigner. All the inhabitants of the Teahouse stand to lose though, unless she grants the dangerous Baron the pillow. Will her wish to become a geisha win out? Can she fully let go emotions and personal wants, especially the most dangerous one of all--love?
Though not marketed as a romance, Bacarr's "The Blonde Geisha" carries a different kind of romance all its own. Her love of the Japanese culture pours out of each word written. The culture itself is like a living being, one that walks and undulates with the reader as they take this incredible journey with Kathlene. At one time, the world of geisha was a closely guarded secret, but Bacarr has unveiled them. Like a budding rose, she peels away the sensual, beauteous layers that are visible and lays bare the stark loneliness that comes with being geisha. Kathlene, with all her Western pride, is a wonderful character to experience these realities through. Her handsome gaijin, Reed Cantrell adds a spectacular element of danger as he thwarts the Baron's malicious plans. Pick up your copy of "The Blonde Geisha" today and enjoy. An astounding, wonderful debut novel from Jina Bacarr, an author not to be missed!
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