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Rs an insider's look at the exclusive world of female companions to the Japanese male elite Her ne. Like most other readers I m guessing I d read Memoirs of a Geisha before I ever heard of this book I actually stumbled upon this in a used bookstore there was a 2 for 1 sale I figured that this looked interesting and it came home with me as my free book I think this is best to read after Memoirs of a Geisha because then potential mismatches of culture in the fictional account won t bother you so much but you will be intrigued to learn Dalby does a great job of blending Japanese culture personal experience and interviews into a compelling portrait of a very intriguing class of Japanese women It s hard to come away from the book with the same mindset you entered it with from either a Japanese or Western perspective if Dalby s explanation of the geisha as a somewhat mysterious phenomenon in Japan itself is trueClear readable and interesting nonfiction

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Geisha AUTHOR Liza Dalby

In this classic best seller Liza Dalby the only non Japanese ever to have trained as a geisha offe. Note At the time I wrote this review I had not yet read Golden s Memoirs of a Geisha And I think I may be the only person in America who still hasn tOf course it s now a full week after AE aired The Secret Life of Geisha a show nominally based on Dalby s 1983 account of her time in Kyoto as the only non Japanese ever to train and serve as a geisha But I kept reading anyway The show s material came for the most part from the first four chapters of the book which cover a good deal of history and ignored the rest which is of a personal accounting of Dalby s time in Kyoto and her research in Tokyo and some of the smaller townsDalby s account is straightforward and precise though I don t want to give the impression there s nothing here that would give the reader a sense of personal experience far from it Dalby an anthropologist by nature as well as trade has a knack for being able to translate emotion into recognizable speech and get it all down on paper in an easy to understand formThe end result is compulsively readable half journal and half explication of the widely misunderstood world of geisha and the cultural context to which it belongs as important to an understanding of what geisha are as a study of the women themselves Dalby adresses the paradox that the women considered the most servile in Japan are also those with the most freedom and by the time the book is finished it s no longer a paradox really Dalby takes the reader through the world of geisha its history its context and most importantly the outside world s misconception of it All is explained in such a way as to be easily absorbed Not in the tradition of classic anthropological works at all Which is a good thingAbsorbing a uick read new stuff to be learned how can you go wrong The Utter Zoo Alphabet yet read Golden s Memoirs of a Geisha And I think I may be the only person in America who still hasn tOf course it s now a full week after AE aired The Secret Life of Geisha a show nominally based on Dalby s 1983 account of her time in Kyoto as the only non Japanese ever to train and serve as a geisha But I kept reading anyway The show s material came for the most part from the first four chapters of the book which cover a good deal of history and ignored the rest which is of a personal accounting of Dalby s time in Kyoto and her research in Tokyo and some of the smaller townsDalby s account is straightforward and precise though I don t want to give the impression there s nothing here that would give the reader a sense of personal experience far from it Dalby an anthropologist by nature as well as trade has a knack for being able to translate emotion into recognizable speech and get it all down on paper in an easy to understand formThe end result is compulsively readable half journal and half explication of the widely misunderstood world of geisha and the cultural context to which it belongs as important to an understanding of what geisha are as a study of the women themselves Dalby adresses the paradox that the women considered the most servile in Japan are also those with the most freedom and by the time the book is finished it s no longer a paradox really Dalby takes the reader through the world of geisha its history its context and most importantly the outside world s misconception of it All is explained in such a way as to be easily absorbed Not in the tradition of classic anthropological works at all Which is a good thingAbsorbing a uick read new stuff to be learned how can Approximation you go wrong

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W preface considers the geisha today as a vestige of tradition as Japan heads into the 21st centur. so many books on Geisha Culture Read this one first then proceed to watch Arthur Golden Memoir of a Geisha Then you can stop reading about Geisha This book can be found at secondhand book store if you are luckyLiza gave an extensive view of an interesting and fascinating world of being being a Geisha Music Poetry and the art of entertaininga must read


10 thoughts on “Geisha AUTHOR Liza Dalby

  1. says:

    I liked the author's approach to the culture and the people who agreed to help her learn about the profession I appreciated that she wrote not only about Kyoto However I found some of her conclusions too hastily drawn for

  2. says:

    Note At the time I wrote this review I had not yet read Golden's Memoirs of a Geisha And I think I may be the only person in America who still hasn'tOf course it's now a full week after AE aired The Secret Life of Geisha a show nominally bas

  3. says:

    I've been an enthusiast of Japan and the Japanese culture since a young age so Geisha by Liza Dalby was perhaps unsurprisingly an incredibly engaging and illuminating read for me I knew a lot of the information she addressed going in but many of the technical aspects of the lifestyle and the traditions she discussed wer

  4. says:

    This book was amazing I learned so many new things and I loved all of the pictures Liza Dalby brings so much information and persona

  5. says:

    Like most other readers I'm guessing I'd read Memoirs of a Geisha before I ever heard of this book I actually stumbled up

  6. says:

    This book was brilliantI loved how Liza wrote about the history of Geisha in Japan and every tiny detail of the things in their life Kimono and how it is worn why it is worn the way it is worn the colours that are worn and whyEvery 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 JapaneseIt has aspects of her time as a geish

  7. says:

    Lots of great information but I didn't really like how Dalby writes Sometimes it almost seems like she is prejudiced toward WesternersLike man

  8. says:

    so many books on Geisha Culture Read this one first then proceed to watch Arthur Golden Memoir of a Geisha Then you can stop reading about Geisha This book can be found at secondhand book store if you are luckyLiza gave an extensive view of an interesting and fascinating world of being being a Geisha Music Poe

  9. says:

    Geisha was uite the interesting book I'd had only heard of them in an anime a few years back but they are such an intresting concept and of course individualsThe book itself was informative and very comprehensible although it strongly focused on Dalby's experience within the Japanese geisha communities I do feel like it was educational enough about the topic but the feeling that I didn't get enough information

  10. says:

    “Geisha” first published in 1983 was an extremely influential work in the study of Japanese culture and the intricacies of the lives of geiko geisha In it Dalby examines the history and many aspects of geisha life such as dress ritual practice initiation shamisen playing and zashiki geisha parties The style of the book is written in a uite a personal manner and reads somewhat like a novel Some could argue that this diminishes

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