In one way, this story is a clich. We have a geisha who's love is for sale, who finds real love. It is the same as the stories of courtly love in Arthurian legends or even more modern films like "Moulin Rouge." At the same time, it is full of historically accurate information about geishas that was very interesting and gave the story of a different spin. I am a sucker for a good love story, so I really enjoyed this novel. I felt for the young girl whose family sold her to a madam. I held my breathe for her when she found that she could never actually be with the man she loved. This is a good book and a good love story.
The "memoirs" of one of Japan's most celebrated geishas describes how, as a little girl in 1929, she is sold into slavery; her efforts to learn the arts of the geisha; the impact of World War II; and her struggle to reinvent herself to win the man she loves