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Even if you didn't know exactly who she was and what she had been, you would realise immediately that Mineko Iwasaki is an unusual Japanese woman. Fashions among ladies of her age tend towards the frumpy, but Mrs Iwasaki's clothes - a black trouser suit and red sweater - are expensively simple. She moves with the upright confidence of a trained dancer; when she talks, she looks you in the eye and holds your gaze.
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THE geisha who was the main source for Arthur Golden's best-selling Memoirs of a Geisha has hit back at what she claims are slurs on her profession by releasing her own memoirs. Mineko Iwasaki, now 52 and in retirement, published her book in Japan in order to dispel the idea that geisha are prostitutes, as she claims the original work had suggested. Memoirs of a Geisha portrays the struggle of Sayuri, a young girl, to become a geisha.
Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical fiction novel by American author Arthur Goldenpublished in The novel, told in first person perspectivetells the story of a fictional geisha working in KyotoJapanbefore, during and after World War II and ends with her being relocated to New York City. Ina film version was released.
By Jenny Liu. By Jenny Liu Published: pm, 2 December Written by an evocative author, it tells the story of a character whom we learn to both love and hate.
The outcome: a remarkable piece of sleight of hand, a novel disguised as a memoir, told in the voice of a geisha who grew up in pre-World War II Japan. How does a white, Ivy League-educated male pull off this act of ventriloquism? In his acknowledgments, Mr.