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Autobiography of a Geisha by Sayo Masuda
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Jan 07, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: biographies-memoirs, bookcrossing, books-i-own, english_language, 2012, off_mtbr_2012
Recommended for: klaradyn
Read from January 06 to 07, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: once
BCID: 9962152

Despite it is a very sad book, I liked to read it.
Not because I love to read about other people's misery, but because this autobiography gave a better look into the reality of a geisha's training.
It was not easy to read about the difficulties Matsuda faced as a child, being sent away again and again, lacking a loving family and, when she was a grown up, the circumstances of war. Reading about what she had to do to survive, how desperate she has been was not pleasant, but I am glad I did read this book, for it takes away a bit of the glamour & glitter that geisha-hood is surrounded with for foreigners.
Although I knew that the training is hard, that young girls are more often sold to geisha houses out of poverty than out of free will of the girl, I had no idea that there was a geisha world like the one described by Matsuda.
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