Geisha

by Liza Dalby | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0099286386 Global Overview for this book
Registered by cnfotp on 11/8/2005
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10 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by cnfotp on Tuesday, November 08, 2005
I picked this up from a charity shop to add to my collection of books depicting different world cultures.

Journal Entry 2 by cnfotp on Friday, April 14, 2006
There was quite a lot of interest in this book see here so I'm offering it up as an international bookring. PM me to join. I'm looking to post it out at the end of the month.

I've not actually read it yet so I look forward to reading everyone's comments and seeing what you thought so, love it or hate it, let me know! :)

Here is some info from the back cover:

Liza Dalby, author of The Tale of Murasaki, is the only non-Japanese woman ever to have become a geisha. This is her unique insight into the extraordinary, closed world of the geisha, a world of grace, beauty and tradition that has long fascinated and enthralled the west. 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 modern Japan.

"Liza Dalby, as the only foreigner ever to 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

Journal Entry 3 by cnfotp on Friday, April 28, 2006
Here is the mailing order. If anyone has a problem at any time please PM me - thanks :)

wubbaducky (UK)
ktwalker (UK) <- on its way...
mickey81 (italy)
XXX DROPPED OUT (hshah, India) XXX
amberC (Australia)
Miss-Owl (Australia)
SqueakyChu (US)
loveamystery (Canada)
PinkManager (Greece)
Sirah (Finland)
rosiewhippet (UK)
lilibug (UK)
angellica (UK)
back to me...

This is the longest of all my bookrings so far so I really hope everybody gets to read it. I'm so excited about (and strangly jealous of) my books scheduled journey

~~~~~lots of safe travelling vibes~~~~

Journal Entry 4 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Saturday, April 29, 2006
Arrived safe and sound in the post this morning. I'm really looking forward to reading this - thanks for organising the ring!

Journal Entry 5 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Thursday, May 11, 2006
This was an absolutely fascinating read into the life of a geisha! There were a lot of questions left unanswered and some bits were a bit dry but it wasn't meant to be a novel, so I suppose that's to be expected. For the most part though, it was compelling reading and it made a very unfamiliar world seem closer somehow. It also went some way to explaining why some women choose the life of a Geisha. Definitely worth the read!

I'll send this on to ktwalker on Saturday when I can get to the post office! Thanks so much cnfotp for sharing with us! I know you haven't read it yet but you'll love it when you get to it :)

Journal Entry 6 by wubbaducky from not specified, not specified not specified on Friday, May 12, 2006
Mailed out to ktwalker today

Journal Entry 7 by ktwalker from Aston, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, May 15, 2006
recieved today, can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 8 by ktwalker from Aston, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Monday, June 05, 2006
While I found this book interresting as a factual book about Geisha I found some of it quite dry and heavy and found I could not read large chunks in 1 go, that said I did enjoy it and am glad I got the chance to read it.

Journal Entry 9 by ktwalker from Aston, Oxfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, June 16, 2006
sent on it's way to mickey81

Journal Entry 10 by mickey81 from Lurago d'Erba, Lombardia Italy on Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Received today!

Journal Entry 11 by mickey81 from Lurago d'Erba, Lombardia Italy on Monday, July 17, 2006
Interesting reading!I really enjoyed it!

Thanks for the ring!
I will send it to the next in the list as soon as possible!

Journal Entry 12 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I got home from a walk on the beach to find the mailman had made a late delivery.

I have a few other bookrings before it, but should get to read it before too long.

Journal Entry 13 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Sunday, September 10, 2006
As others have said, a bit dry in places but interesting. I most enjoyed the time Liza spent as a Geisha. I would have liked to have known what happened to Chris.

I PM'ed Miss-Owl on Friday. I will post it off as soon as I have an address.

Journal Entry 14 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Saturday, September 16, 2006
PM'ing Miss-Owl again.

Journal Entry 15 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Monday, September 18, 2006
I have heard from Miss-Owl. I am posting Geisha on my way to work this morning.

Journal Entry 16 by Miss-Owl on Friday, September 29, 2006
Received today! Thanks, amberC, for passing on & persevering through the PM system.

I'd better get a wriggle on - this is now the third bookring in line on the TBR pile!

Journal Entry 17 by Miss-Owl on Thursday, October 19, 2006
For once I feel like I have nothing to add to the reviews here so far! In a slight inversion of what amberC said, I'd have to say it was "interesting but a bit dry in places".

It's funny how so much can be explained, but the phenomenon still remain a mystery - I guess, culturally & psychologically, no matter how well things are explicated, I'm just so far removed from these women that the enigma remains.

It'd be interesting to see where geisha are at now, twenty-three years later, after the boom & bust of the Asian economies.

Thanks to cnfotp for sharing & for amberC for sending.

On its way to SqueakyChu in the next few days.

Journal Entry 18 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, December 29, 2006
The book arrived today! Unfortunately, it came one day after another bookring so it's now number 2 on my TBR pile. I'll try to move through both of them as quickly as I can. After all, this book came all the way from Australia. That was quite a journey...even for a book!

Thanks, Miss-Owl, for the postcard from the Australian Museum. That was a great picture on the front. I'm assuming that's a dingo, although I've never seen a real one.

Thanks, cnfotp, for including me on this bookring.

Edit 02/04/07: I'm reading this book now, and I'm fascinated. I remember with fondness how much I enjoyed reading the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden. I love re-entering the world of geisha at this time...

PMing loveamystery for an address.

Edit 02/24/07: I'm almost 3/4 way through this book and enjoying it very much. I did receive loveamystery's mailing address. In the meantime, I'm keeping this book safe for both of you, cnfotp and loveamystery. I'll mail this book to Canada as soon as I'm done. Thanks, all, for your patience.

Journal Entry 19 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, February 26, 2007
This book was fabulous. I took a long time to read it because I was interested in everything the author had to say. The chapters were broken into small segments making it easy to stop at intervals.

There was so much I loved about this book. I must add here that having previously read the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden was a good introduction to this topic.

I liked the information which was presented in a way that Westerners could not only understand, but in a gentle way, which showed the author's love and respect for the Japanese culture as well as all things related to geisha. It was so remarkable to be able to feel the inside world of a geisha through a Westerner's actual experience being one.

I loved the end of this book which left me in tears. I felt how closely the author became to her geisha "mother" and both to the world of Japan and the world of the West.

I feel I've learned so much after having read this book. I now will look at geisha with a much deeper understanding of them and how they fit into the Japanese culture.

I'm so greateful to you, cbfotp, for sharing this excellent book with me.

It's now in the mail to loveamystery in British Columbia, Canada.

Journal Entry 20 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Monday, March 12, 2007
It has arrived safely and looks very interesting. Thanks for mailing it to me SqueakyChu and thank you for the lovely bookmark as well.

Journal Entry 21 by loveamystery from Vancouver, British Columbia Canada on Wednesday, April 11, 2007
This book had some interesting information, but on the whole, I found it a bit dry for my taste.
PinkManager has asked to be skipped.
Cannot reach sirah.

Journal Entry 22 by loveamystery at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (4/17/2007 UTC) at Bookring in Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Mailed to rosiewhippet today by surface mail. It should take between four to six weeks to arrive. Thanks cnfotp for sharing. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 23 by rosiewhippet from Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Thursday, June 21, 2007
Received safe and sound thank you. Have a couple of rings before this one but I will get to it ASAP.

Rosiewhippet. x

Journal Entry 24 by rosiewhippet from Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Read bits of it that interested me. Was very deatailed and enjoyed what I read. Thanks for sharing am awaiting an address for the next participant.

03/09/07 - I have tried PMing lilibug twice now and not got a reply. So I am going to skip her and PM the next person. Hope this is ok.

26/09/07 - Now have an address for a participant and will get it in the post probably next week now.

Rosiewhippet. x

Journal Entry 25 by rosiewhippet at RAF Wyton Post Office in RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom on Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Released 11 yrs ago (10/1/2007 UTC) at RAF Wyton Post Office in RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom

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Sending onto Angelica Enjoy!

Rosiewhippet. x

Journal Entry 26 by angellica from Worksop, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Arrived safely today! I can't believe it took so long!

Journal Entry 27 by angellica from Worksop, Nottinghamshire United Kingdom on Thursday, February 25, 2010
Hiya,

I was tidying up my bookshelves over the weekend and I found this lurking there.. would you like it back? Please PM me.

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