"House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

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"House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:15 am

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Harris, Sara. House of The 10,000 Pleasures: A Modern Study of the Geisha and of the Streetwalker of Japan.


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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:15 am

NAME: Xelyna


Weeeird.... 8O So was it written in 1962? I guess that might explain some of the language inconsistancies, but the rest sounds really dodgy :? But anything called "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" doesn't sound like the author had any understanding of the difference between geisha and prostitutes at all!

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:15 am

NAME: setsumomo



I was thinking the same thing! I have seen this book several times but the title "House of 10,000 Pleasures" sounds more like a really bad chinese film than a serious book about the geisha lifestyle. Thanks for the info. I will pass this book up!

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:15 am

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I was attracted to the "Modern Studies..." part of the title :) I figured the first part of the title was the editor's idea to sell more books :P

...and it's supposed to be about the people who had to become prostitutes after the war to eat (there was really no food to be had and lots of people starved...some to death). The only people with food or money were the American soldiers....so the second part of the book was interesting in that sense...but I think she got geisha and courtesans mixed up in the first part of the book. <- trying to be fair to the author.

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:15 am

NAME: setsumomo


It would have been nice if she did say...these women called themselves Geisha only because it was an easy word for the GI's to understand. They were in no way trained like the true Geisha.....or something along that line. I hate when they assume all Geisha from the hot springs geisha to the streetwalker to the gion geisha are all just prostitutes! Arghhhhhh! :x
(After that outburst, I feel much better!)


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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:16 am

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Gosh, I remember reading this book years ago - I was appalled at the first half of the book...I found it very strange and completely unbelievable. I too, got this book, thinking it was a "modern study" - only to be rudely surprised!

I did find the second half of the book to be quite interesting though, and strangely enough - much more believable than the first half. It was a very interesting account of what many Japanese girls went through after the war in an effort to survive.

If you are like me, and want to read everything there is about geisha, regardless, - then read it....but...not until you have read all the basic fundamental books :] Then you will know what is truth and what is fiction :]

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:16 am

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I just found this book on ebay.

I was like "Hmmm... this sounds a tad strange. I better look it up." I don't think this book is going on my list of things to get. :lol:

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:17 am

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The title sounds like it should be tacked to a bad porno.

I don't think I'll be reading this book anytime soon.

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

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The title sounds like it should be tacked to a bad porno.

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:18 am

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Oh goodness, how very risque!

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Re: "House of The 10,000 Pleasures" by Sara Harris

Post by shira » Sat Jun 25, 2016 10:18 am

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I'll have to read it. :lovelove

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