Is this the same book as Geisha of Gion by Mineko Iwasaki? Novela escrita como “respuesta” a Memorias de una geisha pues la protagonista no quedó. In Geisha, a Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya (household), to her. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Vida de una geisha / Mineko Iwasaki | Traducción de: Geisha: a life }.

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It doesn’t represent life as a geisha, it represents life seeking fame.

Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. I also like that she is up front about her, well we would call it her introverted personality, and how she knows this hinders her in other areas of her profession. For example, in the novel the main character Sayuri’s virginity called mizuage in the novel is auctioned off to the highest bidder. Being groomed from a young age to be a heiress must warp your personality somewhat, I’ll admit. The overtone that she is trying to prove something that Arthur Golden was “wrong” [even though he was writing fiction, which I feel she should understand, since she knows everything about art and all?

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Mineko herself as a child is what we in the West would call a precocious little brat, but is more of a misinterpretation of the class system. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Entertaining at tea houses does not simply entail dancing, she has to entertain the guests and interact with other maiko and giesha. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Grab the new thriller everyone is talking about. Purifying an unclean place is believed to purify the mind. In Geisha, a Life, Mineko Iwasaki tells her story, from her warm early childhood, to her intense yet privileged upbringing in the Iwasaki okiya householdto her minekk as a renowned geisha, and finally, to her decision at the age of twenty-nine to retire and marry, a move that would mirror the demise of geisha culture.


I had read that many people didn’t like this book because the author seemed so self centered but I honestly feel like that’s no reason mmineko not like a book, it is all about her life anyways. The author does explain that this is why geiko are not prostitutes–they are so hugely well paid, they don’t need to sell their bodies, though some accept kept-woman status–or did in the days the big businessmen could afford it.

If you’re reading this because this is the woman that memiors of a geisha is based off of I wouldn’t bother, Very little of her life was directly used in the book and most that was has been changed around so you may not catch it anyway. What really came lwasaki was Mineko’s self discipline and work ethic and on reflection of her career how important it was to dispel the myth of a what a Geisha actually does.

I enjoyed this book of Geiko life immensely. Refresh and try again.

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For example, Golden chose to move his story back one generation Iwasaki was born in ggeisha, probably in order to add WWII as a dramatic plot point. I had hoped to make it four, but by the end of the book I was rolling my eyes here and there at her constant “poor me” line. English Choose a language for shopping.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. Return to Book Page. Besides talking about her long-term relationship with a married man and some meetings with royalty, she doesn’t really go into a lot about the entertaining. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

La Vida de Una Geisha

The Complete Epic Quartet. Not finished yet but I will finish reading it later. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. In her autobiography, Iwasaki speculates that the profession may be doomed if the industry fails to adapt to changing economic and social circumstance. She’s just flown half way around the world to be at some boring state dinner.


Mineko leaves home, begins geisha training, finds a true passion for dance, and becomes the adopted heir apparent to a well known established geisha house. Born as Masako Tanaka, she left home at the age of five to begin studying traditional Japanese dance at the Iwasaki okiya geisha house in the Gion district of Kyoto. Ua example, she tries to kill herself as a young girl, and the description plus the emotional turmoil she was feeling took up all of three sentences.

She took her job very seriously and she expected others iwsaki as well. See all 3 questions about Geisha, a Life…. Mineko Iwasaki takes you on into her world with her autobiography. Oct 05, Cheryl rated it liked it Recommended to Cheryl by: Preview — Geisha, a Life by Mineko Iwasaki.

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Geisha, a Life

I really liked that book for much longer than I should have I remember hearing that they were making a movie version and being really invested in who they castdee it wasn’t until I was in college that I learned some unpleasant truths about the creation of this book. For people who don’t know about Japanese culture maybe geisha for them has ‘negative’ image.

The book starts with her childhood, when she was three years old and the owner of an okiya first started trying to recruit her. Geisha are NOT prostitutes. Geisha don’t sell their body. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.