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Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki
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Feb 05, 10

bookshelves: memoirs, culture
Recommended for: Anyone that's read Memoirs of a Geisha.
Read from February 03 to 05, 2010

Mineko Iwasaki was Arthur Golden's primary source for his novel Memoirs of a Geisha. Under acknowledgments in the back of his book he says, "I am indebted to one person above all others," meaning Mineko Iwasaki. You might've heard about the lawsuit between the author and former geiko (geisha), mainly for exposing her identity. And Mineko says that Golden's depiction of the life of a geisha is inaccurate.
There are two things she says in her book that are worth mentioning: #1 that she has a lot of pride, and #2 that she thought of writing about her life as a geiko before Golden's novel was published. Take them as you want.

Anyways, I read Memoirs of a Geisha a few weeks before Geisha: A Life, and actually liked this book better. It doesn't go drawling on and on like Memoirs (no offence, but it does), it's more personal and explains things a lot better.
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