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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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Jul 31, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: ladies, adult-fiction, historical-fiction, not-white-characters-stories, some-romance
Read in January, 2003

Sayuri is the daughter of a fisherman on the coast of Japan until her mother dies, after which her father sells her and her sister and they are taken to the city. Sayuri is bought by a geisha house, but her sister is sent on. Sayuri later finds out she has been made to be a prostitute.

The current geisha in the house where Sayuri lives is jealous and manipulative, and she almost ruins Sayuri's chance of becoming a geisha. Through luck and chance, a geisha from another house becomes her mentor and Sayuri rises to become one of the most lucrative geisha's in history. All the while though, she is hoping to find her way back to the kind man she met as a child.

Not only is it a beautiful story, but details about life as a geisha are interesting. It is such a different lifestyle than anything we know in the Western world.

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