Geisha Of Gion: The True Story Of Japan's Foremost Geisha: The Memoir of Mineko Iwasaki Paperback – 6 May 2003
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'A fascinating account ... Her storytelling is charming' -- Big Issue
'A glimpse into the exotic, mysterious, tinged-with-eroticism world of the almost mythical geisha' -- Daily Mail
'Eloquent and innovative ... It should be received with nothing but respect' -- The Times
'Honest and authentic' -- Adeline Yen Mah, author of FALLING LEAVES
'This beautifully written book gives a truly fascinating insight into a secretive world' -- Company Magazine --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
MINEKO reached the peak of her career as a geisha in the 70s and 80s, performing for the likes of the Queen and Prince Charles. Now fifty-two years old (and still stunningly beautiful), she is the mother of one daughter and lives with her husband in a suburb of Kyoto, Japan.
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Top Customer Reviews
Read it and be your own judge.
The story is interesting, and Mineko is a good story-teller, with each sentence being complete in itself. However, I would agree with other reviewers, as I also thought that Mineko sounded at times arrogant, and seemed to exude an air of superiority over those around her.
Overall, this book is excellent, and has the notable advantage over 'Memoirs of a Geisha' of being a true story.
I found the book very readable, and I looked forward to each new read when I would pick it up and be surprised at what I read! I found it incredibly fascinating to learn that a small child who had began her life hiding in cupboards and a child who was obviously lacking in great confidence and so bashful, could develop into such an adept person in her Art, and then to be equally successful having 'retired' from her profession upon entering the outside world!
I found this book, enlightening, fascinating and certainly educational! Educational, in that we learn from it that we can all do what we'd like to do if we all put our minds to it - and do it well! I expect this book has been inspirational to many people who would have read it.
When I finished the book, I felt I would miss 'Mineko' - I became fond of her, and genuinely interested in her life.
Highly recommended - even for those who don't usually read non-fiction!
Definitely five stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easy to read and explained in great detail. This book gives you a true account of this wonderful ladies life.Published 1 month ago by Kab
A very good insight into the reality of being a Geiko. MUCH better than the DVD!Published 2 months ago by Chardonnay
The real story and experiences of a Geiko in Gion, Kyoto. Wonderful insight into the secret world of the geisha.Published 2 months ago by andreav
Having just been to Japan, visiting the Gion district in Kyoto, seeing the Spring Dances and experiencing a Geiko dinner, I wanted an authentic story of life from the perspective... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr Jane
I loved this book as it was a real life look at life as a geishaPublished 3 months ago by Rita Murray
A window into a little-known world as the reader follows the life story of one woman. However, it became irritating as it was so self-congratulatory. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer