I like this book so much I just bought the kindle format to have it with me all the time.
It doesn't matter that it's a pre WW world, that it's in Japan and that it's a geisha story ... what matters is that it's a life story and all of us can relate to its ups and downs.
The author handles the most awful moments of Chiyo's life with a dignity and respect that makes them all the most dramatic and the journey of this woman, her strength and spark are truly amazing.
Written like a memoir, it's easy to believe all of this is true and really happened simply because it could have. It's so realistic and poetic at the same time that finishing this book is like saying goodbye to long friends
This is the book I would bring with me on a desert island and I believe that says enough about how good it is