Geisha

Geisha

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by Liza Dalby
     
 

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In this classic best seller, Liza Dalby, the first non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha, offers an insider's look at the exclusive world of female companions to the Japanese male elite. A new preface examines how geisha have been profoundly affected by the changes of the past quarter century yet—especially in Kyoto—have managed to take advantage

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In this classic best seller, Liza Dalby, the first non-Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha, offers an insider's look at the exclusive world of female companions to the Japanese male elite. A new preface examines how geisha have been profoundly affected by the changes of the past quarter century yet—especially in Kyoto—have managed to take advantage of modern developments to maintain their social position with flair.

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"Provides an important window on the arts practiced by geisha, a history of their profession, and their reception in modern Japan through the mid-1970s."--Southeast Review of Asian Stds
Southeast Review Of Asian Stds
“Provides an important window on the arts practiced by geisha, a history of their profession, and their reception in modern Japan through the mid-1970s.”
Rachel Taylor
With sharp insight into Japanese social customs, she describes a lifestyle that no other Westerner has experienced.... — Brill's Content
Lesley Downer
[The book] is a meticulously researched work of scholarship, but is also a delightfully personal account fo Dalby's year among the Geisha...the bible of Geisha studies to this day.
Times Literary Supplement
San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
An engrossing account of a society shrouded by centuries of mystery....Dalby brings us the real women behind the white face paint and silk kimonos. Her patient exploration of the nuances and ambivalences inherent in geisha life leaves the reader with a new understanding, and respect, for these hardworking often lonely...curators of tradition....She has given us an unprecendented perspective on a fascinating society.
Heather Harlan
More than just a history and analysis of geisha as a unique social phenomenon, Geisha is also a personal account of [the author's] relationships with these women and the closed society she shared with them for a while as their "sister and daughter."
AsianWeek
Donald Rich
The authoritative work on the geisha.
The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520257894
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/10/2008
Edition description:
25th Anniversary Edition, Updated with a New Preface
Pages:
374
Sales rank:
723,598
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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"Provides an important window on the arts practiced by geisha, a history of their profession, and their reception in modern Japan through the mid-1970s."—Southeast Review of Asian Stds
Arthur Golden
Dalby knows more about the subject than I'll ever know, and she writes about it with grace and eloquence.

Meet the Author

Liza Dalby is the author of East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir through the Seasons (UC Press), The Tale of Murasaki: A Novel, and Kimono: Fashioning Culture.

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Geisha 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this after I watched the extras on the Memoirs of a Geisha dvd. Liza Dalby was the one who helped all the actresses really get into the character of a Geisha. This book provides excellent insight into the world of the Geisha and I highly recommend it for anyone who is interested in Geisha or just in Japanese culture in general.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is written by an anthropologist who lives the life of a geisha and shares her experience and observations. It was used in my cultural anth class as a text. It is meant to be an interesting academic work, not an entertaining novel. Still I didn't think it was a difficult read. It is definitely more authentic than a fictional account written by a 50 yr old White male from Tennessee with a Harvard degree in Japanese art history. I'm referring to the novel written by Arthur Golden which is basically 'Pretty Woman in Japan'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think some of the readers are mistakenly picking up Geisha thinking it is a fictional tale like Memoirs. Geisha is Liza Dalby's account of her personal experience amongst Geisha's. I was engrossed in the details of their daily lives and fascinated with the traditions that these women uphold and pass on. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for something more than just a fictional story about Geisha's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read Geisha by Liza Dalby, and I find that she definately makes you feel as if you're right in the middle of Pontocho with her. If you're fascinated with the life of the Geisha, this is definately well worth a good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The chapters are scattered and unorganized. The pictures are dull, and the story is hard to follow. good if you are planning on writing a research paper on giesha, but for entertainment purposes i give this book a thumb down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would recomend 'Memoirs of a Geisha' more so then this book...'Geisha'. 'Geisha' was a lot harder to follow, it was a slower read for me vs. the 'Memoirs...' which I thought was excellent.