Okay people, I will fully admit that I may be the last person on the face of the earth to finally get around to reading this iconic novel. It’s been in my “to-read” pile (which actually encompasses two huge bookshelves) for several years, and I was ready for something different from my norm. I do love my WWII books and other historical fiction – and in a way this certainly does qualify under the Historical Fiction category. However, it’s definitely out of the norm (for me) in the setting – which clearly was/is Japan. I found this novel very interesting, fascinating, and hope that the author really did do impeccable research, as this is all I know and what I believe to be true about life as a Geisha. In the rare case that you haven’t read this one, I do recommend it! While it’s not exactly riveting reading, it certainly did keep my interest, all the way through to the end. It piqued my curiosity enough for me to look up YouTube videos on Geishas, their dances, and instruments. Read this if you’d like to be transported back into the 1930’s Kyoto Japan and learn about a lifestyle that still exists, albeit in MUCH smaller numbers. As is often the case, I now would love to see the movie!