Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World

3.82 avg rating
( 1,119 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780747271062: Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

Ever since Westerners arrived in Japan, we have been intrigued by geisha. This fascination has spawned a wealth of fictional creations from Madame Butterfly to Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha". The reality of the geisha's existence has rarely been described. Contrary to popular opinion, geisha are not prostitutes but literally "arts people". Their accomplishments might include singing, dancing or playing a musical instrument but, above all, they are masters of the art of conversation, soothing worries of highly paid businessmen who can afford their attentions. The real secret history of the geisha is explored here.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

'...the accretion of detail in Downer's book gives it the edge on Arthur Golden's Memoirs Of A Geisha' -- Independent

'Lesley Downer... has succeeded in penetrating this intensely secret and rapidly vanishing world and describing it brilliantly' -- Sunday Telegraph

'intriguing, well structured....richly rewarding study' -- Observer

From the Publisher:

The only book on geisha you will ever need to read.
Lesley Downer's book on geisha is a compelling and fascinating read, which combines extraordinary historical detail (eg, that the first geisha were male and that male geisha still exist in Japan today) with pitch-perfect narrative about the reality of geisha in contemporary Kyoto and Tokyo. I know that as the book's editor you might not believe me, but Simon Winchester, author of the brilliant and bestselling Surgeon of Crowthorne, calls it 'exquisite... Geisha deserves to become a classic'. It has also had rave reviews in everything from the Literary Review to the Big Issue. So if you enjoyed Arthur Golden, you'll love this even more, particularly because it's real. Enjoy.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780747264262: Geisha: The Remarkable Truth Behind the Fiction: The Secret History of a Vanishing World

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0747264260 ISBN 13:  9780747264262
Publisher: Headline, 2001
Softcover

9780747271055: Geisha: The Secret History of a Vanishing World

Headli..., 2000
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Downer, Lesley
Published by Headline Book Publishing (2000)
ISBN 10: 0747271062 ISBN 13: 9780747271062
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Headline Book Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110747271062

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
45.45
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Lesley Downer
Published by Headline Book Publishing (2000)
ISBN 10: 0747271062 ISBN 13: 9780747271062
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Headline Book Publishing, 2000. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0747271062

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
47.38
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.01
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Lesley Downer
Published by Headline Book Publishing (2000)
ISBN 10: 0747271062 ISBN 13: 9780747271062
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Headline Book Publishing, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0747271062

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
70.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds