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Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind the Fiction: The Secret History of a Vanishing World Paperback – 14 Jun 2001

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; New edition edition (14 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747264260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747264262
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.8 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'...the accretion of detail in Downer's book gives it the edge on Arthur Golden's Memoirs Of A Geisha' -- Independent

'Lesley Downer... has succeeded in penetrating this intensely secret and rapidly vanishing world and describing it brilliantly' -- Sunday Telegraph

'intriguing, well structured....richly rewarding study' -- Observer

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The only book on geisha you will ever need to read.
Lesley Downer's book on geisha is a compelling and fascinating read, which combines extraordinary historical detail (eg, that the first geisha were male and that male geisha still exist in Japan today) with pitch-perfect narrative about the reality of geisha in contemporary Kyoto and Tokyo. I know that as the book's editor you might not believe me, but Simon Winchester, author of the brilliant and bestselling Surgeon of Crowthorne, calls it 'exquisite... Geisha deserves to become a classic'. It has also had rave reviews in everything from the Literary Review to the Big Issue. So if you enjoyed Arthur Golden, you'll love this even more, particularly because it's real. Enjoy. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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