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Women of the Pleasure Quarters by Lesley Downer

Women of the Pleasure Quarters

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    Jan 08, 2002 | 304 Pages

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"Lesley Downer has crafted, with wonderful precision, the best-ever portrait of those mysterious creatures who still ply their venerable craft in the silent backwaters of Japan. Women of the Pleasure Quarters deserves to endure, and to become a classic."
–Simon Winchester, author of The Professor and the Madman

"Downer describes her increasing intimacy with the Kyoto geisha with candor and grace. She is not a safari guide, leading us on a wild geisha hunt. She is intelligent and curious and modest, and the results of her very personal research are deeply satisfying."
New York Times Book Review

"Excellent . . . Downer skillfully builds up a picture of the loves of geisha, set against the Japanese attitude toward sex and marriage . . . A well-rounded and enthralling account of the power of that fantasy and the women behind it."
Literary Review (London)

"Lesley Downer has created a masterpiece."
The Spectator (London)

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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