I have not read this book, but I have read the original book "Memoirs of a Geisha", and seen the movie, both several times. I can say that you won't regret reading or viewing anything to do with the book or the movie.A wonderful "vacation" to WW2 Japan, into the sizzling and competitive culture of the apprentice and actual "Geisha girls".I had thought I had a grip on what a "geisha" was, but I realize now that I had no earthly idea!A geisha is not simply a girl who dresses up really pretty, like a doll, and goes around with wealthy men, as I erroneously had thought!These women came from all walks of life, both poor and uneducated, and wealthy, privileged families.They were the "chosen ones", because one had to have talent, discipline, intellect, and wit to be a geisha.After WW2, the geisha culture declined, and though I believe it was an exploitation of the female species, I actually grieved right along with the author as the culture dissipated."Now, any girl with make-up and a fan can be a geisha".(the movie shows this decline in detail)If you like "period" movies, and exploring different cultures and traditions, you will absolutely love this book! My husband thought it was a "chick flick" (I know, typical male), but was pleasantly surprised when he watched the movie (he had no choice) with me. LOLI recommend the book and movie to all age groups, and a man OR a woman!Amandaleahy
Though I would not categorize this as a "fun, light, beach read," I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This book provides a memoriable portrayal of Gieshas.Lady Entropy
I usually don't buy movie books, but I opened an exception for this one, and never regretted it. Gorgeous.Valerie
Read the book before you see the film.Serah
I liked the history. The premise of the book not so much. The culture was amazing and I liked that. I would not recommend this to anyone young. It was definitely adult content.Katie
If you are currently reading or about to read "Memoirs of a Geisha" this is a gorgeous visual refrence from the film. True, the movie and pictures kinda blow-it for the imaginative reader, but if you are anything like me who is facinated by the beauty of the ancient japanese culture, you will not be disappointed by these stunning pictures captured from the film. It also puts what is happening in the book into visual perspective.