: 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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Liza Dalby

May 13, Helen rated it really liked it. Well, no, not negative. And it’s making me want to go and read Memoirs of a Geisha agai This is a really interesting book written by an American anthropologist who went to Japan and actually become a geisha.

Refresh and try again. Yet because they take lovers rather than marry, a middle-class girl who chooses the profession causes parental dismay.

I read this book while living in Japan before “Memoirs of a Geisha” was published. Jan 16, Talya rated it really liked it.

Dalby talks about geisha via her personal narrative so sometimes we learn more about her personal experiences than we do about geisha. And to think this was Lisa Dalby’s thesis.

Most of all, though, I appreciated ‘meeting’ the people, mostly geisha, she lived with and learning about what life is generally like for them. 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. Given what you know about this and just your own life experience, you seem like somebody who has a deep understanding of male-female relationships.

Liza Dalby apparently became a geisha for a few months in aboutfor her anthropology grad work. A wife must be demure and stay at home whereas a geisha is worldly, and has the opportunity to be involved in many social situations with some of the most important people in Japan.

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And of course, the Western women are very curious. Geisha offers intriguing glimpses into Japanese politics, culture and history” Newsweek “The authoritative work on the geisha. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha

A criticism of liberals that I hear a lot is that actually they talk about how inflexible conservatives are, etc. Geisha are exotic even in their homeland. According to esoteric Buddhist theology, the world is suffering through a final corrupt era. A very worthwhile read.

Liza Dalby, the blue-eyed geisha – Telegraph

She performed at ozashiki without charging money, and, from the experience, formed friendships and relationships with geisha in the district. And everything else is trappings. Flap copy “Liza Dalby knows more about the subject than I’ll ever know, and she writes about it with grace and eloquence. In explaining the beauty of the paradox of geisha today, she holds up a mirror to the complexities of Japanese culture itself.

Review quote “Liza Dalby, as the only foreigner to ever have become an actual geisha, knows more about the subject than I’ll ever know, and she writes about it with grace and eloquence” — Arthur Golden, Author Of ‘memoirs Of A Geisha’ “A loving, beautifully designed tribute to one of Japan’s most tantalising traditions Even geiko and mama-sans the owners of tea houses all are in a business specifically tailored to entertaining men.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Everything I ever wanted to know is in this book. It strikes the perfect balance between travelogue and dissertation–yes, there is plenty of fact and history and pondering of culture, but also plenty of humor, tragedy, and personal experience which serves to lighten the whole piece.


Besides giesha us on a journey through little-known corners of Japan, it offers us an engaging and believable portrait of people driven to do things they may not have imagined. I found it endlessly fascinating. Most of A break from my usual reading, this was a very enjoyable and fairly intimate look into the world of Pontocho’s geisha.

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. A Memoir through the Seasons”. Taking us to the heart of a way of life normally hidden from the public gaze, Liza Dalby shows us the detailed reality that lies behind the bestselling Memoirs of a Geisha and opens our eyes to an ancient profession that continues to survive in today’s geisua Japan.

What did Dalby make of it? Dalby shows that in Japan, wives have little power or economic base of their own. May 30, Cherese rated it really liked it. Geisha remains [Dalby’s] best-known work and is the bible of geisha studies to this day” Times Literary Supplement show more.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Would dalbby benefit from having males fawn all over them, and engage them in witty conversation, and light their Tiparillos, and pour them white wine spritzers? Would that be a good thing?

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