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This is an auction for GEISHA by Liza Dalby.

“FIVE STARS! Liza Dalby's effort here is to portray the life a geisha through the eyes of a cultural anthropologist. She has done this and done it well. There is authentic scholarship here. There is a special sensitivity to the demands, sorrows and joys of geisha life. The breadth of the book is superb. The photo work, the layout, the use of Japanese drawings as they relate to geisha life is well done. This is a wonderful book for those truly interested in geisha life. What a marvellous gift and privilege that Liza Dalby had, as an American, to enter the world of the geisha. I recommend it to all who are truly interested in geisha life, but more than that in the status of women now and throughout history.”

“FIVE STARS!! I have a penchant for nearly all things relating to Japanese history, especially from 1600-1950, and this book was fascinating. The cover of the book I bought came with a ringing endorsement by Arthur Golden (who wrote the exquisite "Memoirs of a Geisha"), saying how brilliant Liza Dalby's work is. He's right. Dalby smoothly weaves amusing anecdotes (a meeting with a tipsy and raunchy customer) with brilliantly simple facts (tying kimono) in relating her unique story: she is the only American ever to become a geisha. With her exquisite hair and powdered face, Dalby embarks upon a mission of mystique, prestige, and learning, creating a fascinating and enjoyable read. Pick up a copy of Dalby's "Geisha." It's a definitive source on the subject, and shouldn't be missed.”

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Paperback 2000.

357 pages.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $3.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.

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