In 1929, a poor fisherman sells his nine-year-old daughter to an elite geisha house in Kyoto. So begins the remarkable first-person account of how the lovely child, Chiyo, became the accomplished and much sought-after geisha Sayuri, with the help of a kindly mentor and despite the malice of a rival; and of how Sayuri struggled to balance ...
In 1929, a poor fisherman sells his nine-year-old daughter to an elite geisha house in Kyoto. So begins the remarkable first-person account of how the lovely child, Chiyo, became the accomplished and much sought-after geisha Sayuri, with the help of a kindly mentor and despite the malice of a rival; and of how Sayuri struggled to balance professional success as a courtesan with the demands of her heart. Adapted into a 2005 movie starring Zhang Yiyi as the protagonist, this bestselling debut novel opened up a world hitherto unknown to most Westerners and sparked new interest in Japan and its culture.
Very Good. This book is in very good condition. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Ships within 24 hours from US or UK warehouse but NO EXPEDITED ORDERS. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping.
"Memoirs" is an achingly beautiful story told by Chiyo, a small girl growing up in desperate poverty in an obscure, fishing village of Yoroido, Japan where Chiyo's father is a fisherman. Chiyo's mother is dying from a terminal disease. As her mother lies dying, Chiyo and her older sister Satsu are taken in by neigbors where Chiyo thinks they will be kindly adopted. However, the sisters find themselves unexpectedly sold. They are taken to the town of Kyoto, and cruelly separated. Because of her striking gray eyes, Chiyo is taken into a Geisha house of training. Life in the okiya is difficult as Chiyo adjusts to the rigorous demands of Auntie, Granny and Mother, Pumkin, and the haughty and cruel Geisha Hatsumomo. Chiyo, grows from a small, ignorant child to a woman of high regard. The transformation of this young innocent is shrouded within the mysterious, beautiful, sacred, difficult, and unimaginable world of the Geisha culture. I could not put this book down!
Alibris, the Alibris logo, and Alibris.com are registered trademarks of Alibris, Inc.
Copyright in bibliographic data and cover images is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited, Baker & Taylor, Inc., or by their respective licensors, or by the publishers, or by their respective licensors. For personal use only. All rights reserved. All rights in images of books or other publications are reserved by the original copyright holders.