'I want you to know what it is really like to live the life of a geisha, a life filled with extraordinary professional demands and richly glorious rewards. It is a life in which I was a pre-eminent success; many say the best of my generation. And yet, it was a life that I found too constricting to continue. And one that I ultimately had to leave. It is a story that I have long wanted to tell. My name is Mineko.' For more than four decades, Mineko Iwasaki has lived within the confines of powerful but invisible constraints. Bound by an ancient, unwritten code - 'by the robes of tradition and the sanctity of our exclusive calling' - she and thousands of other women over the course of three centuries of Japanese history have shielded their extraordinary lives from public view. In Geisha of Gion, Mineko is the first Japanese geisha to shed light on the fascinating and arcane geisha tradition. Captivating and poignant, Mineko's book captures her earliest memories, beginning with her move to the geisha house at the tender age of four and her initiation into the profession that she would perfect. As we follow Mineko's gradual blossoming over the years from 'Little Princess' to the brightest of stars, we learn all about the intricate training and rigid education system by which girls become geishas, the specific duties and performances required of the women and the extraordinarily vast foundation of wealth upon which geisha culture rests. Filled with moments of great strength and delicate beauty, Geisha of Gion is a brave and luminous revelation.
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'I can identify the exact moment when things began to change. It was a cold winter afternoon. I had just turned three.' Emerging shyly from her hiding place, Mineko encounters Madam Oima, the formidable proprietress of a prolific geisha house in Gion. Madam Oima is mesmerized by the child's black hair and black eyes: she has found her successor. And so Mineko is gently, but firmly, prised away from her parents to embark on an extraordinary career, of which she will become the best. But even if you are exquisitely beautiful and the darling of the okiya, the life of a geisha is one of gruelling professional demands. And Mineko must first contend with her bitterly jealous sister who is determined to sabotage her success ...Captivating and poignant, GEISHA OF GION tells of Mineko's ascendancy to fame and her ultimate decision to leave the profession she found so constricting.Recensione:
'Honest and authentic and entirely believable, a good read' Adeline Yen Mah
'It does offer readers a glimpse into the exotic, mysterious, tinged-with eroticism world of the almost mythical geisha' DAILY MAIL
'This eloquent and innovative memoir from a woman who threw herself with energy, dignity and unwavering commitment into the exacting demands of the geisha lifestyle should be recieved with nothing but respect' THE TIMES
'A fascinating account...Her storytelling is charming and filled with fascinating details of her clients, her colleagues and Japanese cultural life' BIG ISSUE
'This beautifully written book gives a truly fascinating insight into a secretive world' COMPANY MAGAZINE
'This marvellous factual memoir is written by the woman who inspired Arthur Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha' GOOD BOOK GUIDE
'The extraordinary life of the Japanese geisha holds an air of fascination…To read this is to dip into the Japanses psyche and glimpse a world which Westerners still find difficult to understand'
WORCESTER EVENING NEWS
'Wonderfully romantic' TLS
'I was left feeling both respect and sorrow for Mineko...her courage and fortitude at revealing what she has experienced and, myself personally, revulsion at the contrived and exploitative expectations imposed on someone at such a young age' BELFAST TELEGRAPH
'Her memoir provides some startling details and wonderful insights...This superb translation is full of emotional ups and downs...very hard to put down' TRIBUNE
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Descrizione libro Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0743220366
Descrizione libro Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0743220366
Descrizione libro Simon & Schuster Ltd, 2002. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110743220366