Book Review: 'Memoirs of a Geisha'
Lady Murasaki, classic novelist of courtly love, haunts this deft, fast-paced tale set in the closed world of Kyoto geishas two generations ago. So does Judith Krantz. A fisherman’s daughter transforms herself into the confident consort of powerful men, but she soon finds herself feuding with a scheming competitor. The arcane lore fascinates: What does a geisha wear beneath her kimono? Who may remove it and what will it cost him? Golden, a Japanese scholar, offsets the detail with high-toned prose. Our geisha thinks in haiku-like images: ”I felt as the waves of the ocean must feel when clouds have blocked the warmth of the sun.” An artful study of a dying art. B+