rating: 4 of 5 stars
What a beautiful yet haunting book! I am always impressed when a man can write such an authentic female voice (and vice versa). And the images created in this book are so vivid that I found myself dreaming about geishas, kimonos, tea houses and Kyoto.
It was strange to read a book about a lifestyle that, in general, I find degrading and almost a form of slavery, yet realize I was yearning for Sayuri's success as a geisha. But really it is a book about survival. We are all dealt a unique hand of cards in this life and we can either let things happen to us or take what control we can--shape our own destiny.
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