Unlike 'Memoirs of a Geisha' which in itself was a fantastic book, albeit a highly romanticised view, 'Geisha, a Life' offers extraordinary testament to the way that real female artists were like. Tells in fascinating detail the many types of artists; in this case geiko and maiko. Offers insight into the public and private lives of these women. Also mentions stigmas, and wrong thought prejudices, as well as where such 'bad names' towards geisha came from- from real incidents, not exactly co-relating to the geiko way of life. It should be noted that every person is different, no matter their career.