: Geisha, 25th Anniversary Edition, Updated Edition ( ): Liza Dalby: Books. 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. Geisha are exotic even in their homeland. At the same time, geisha are the most Japanese of Japanese. In this book, Liza Dalby examines these intriguing.

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It was amazing that she, as a foreign woman, was allowed to train to bec I loved the book Memoirs of a Geisha as a fictional account and it was my first introduction to the Geisha lifestyle. This is your area of expertise. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. May 20, Julie rated it liked it Shelves: That said, there was much that I enjoyed, I learned a great deal, the images included were excellent, and mostly my problem was that wanted the book to be twice as big and laden with far more detail.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Every detail is written about and it is definately one of the best books i’ve read about concerning geisha – and it was even written by a non-Japanese. And what they all say is [that] the geisha are so nice.

Her descriptions of life in the geisha house are vivid and well written, though I would have enjoyed a bit more background information. I’ve read several books on the subject. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. As the Japanese economy has boomed, less and less young women see becoming a geisha as an attractive career choice, and some okiya struggle to recruit apprentices.


Geisha remains [Dalby’s] best-known work and is the bible of geisha studies to this day” Times Literary Supplement show more. May 13, Helen rated it really liked it. Becoming a geisha is a notoriously long and difficult process.

Lo consiglio davvero a tutti coloro che amano il Giappone profondamente come la sottoscritta e per tutti quelli che sono affascinati dall’universo femminile del Sol Levante! Do you get any negative stuff on that? They are trained in the respected arts of classical music and dance.

Liza Dalby

Some could argue that this diminishes the scholarly value, but it feisha easy to see how well it serves to draw the reader into the world of geisha. Dalby never planned to become a geisha herself, but during the course of her research was eventually invited to join a small geisha community in Kyoto, where the geisha tradition is sometimes said to have originated.

I know, I know. Geishas are men’s companions, but when they got married, they have to resign from being geisha.

Whether discussing the finer points of tying kimono or handling tipsy customers, Dalby manages to craft an engaging, elegant read that is insightful and illuminating. It’s a really interesting insight not just into the geisha life but its cultural context as well – the history, politics, literature, class structure.

A Memoir through the Seasons”. Saturday 29 December Dalby talks about geisha via her personal narrative so sometimes we lea Lots of great information but I didn’t really like how Dalby writes. Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. Which is a good thing. Geisha Girl Anthropologist Liza Dalby deconstructs a favorite male fantasy.


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Dalby does a great job of blending Japanese Like most other readers I’m guessingI’d read Memoirs of a Geisha before I ever heard of this book.

From these ancient notions of doom and rebirth comes a startling new novel by the acclaimed author of Geisha and The Tale of Murasaki. I think people are always very curious. The story was simple and charming, although it finished quite abruptly and I found myself wanting it to continue.

Oct 07, Regina Ibrahim rated it really liked it. I mean, it seems fine. Jul 26, Christine rated it it was amazing Shelves: And everything else is trappings. Liza Dalby brings so much information and personal experience to this anthropological study of Geisha.

They can earn their own money, especially if they end up owning a bar or teahouse. Part of me had trouble shaking the feeling that this was still vaguely Orientalist in its orientation, but her I like this ilza, much more than Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geishabut ti’s still a bit problematic.

I have moved on. Besides taking us on a journey through little-known corners of Japan, it offers us gdisha engaging and believable portrait of people driven to do things they may not have imagined.