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Downer, Lesley

Overview
Works: 65 works in 322 publications in 21 languages and 7,420 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Juvenile works  Historical fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: GT3412, 792.70280952
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Most widely held works about Lesley Downer
 
Most widely held works by Lesley Downer
Women of the pleasure quarters : the secret history of the geisha by Lesley Downer( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As denizens of a world defined by silence and mystery, geisha are notoriously difficult to meet and even to find. Lesley Downer, an award-winning writer, Japanese scholar, and consummate storyteller, gained more access into this world than almost any other Westerner ever has and spent several months living in it. In Women of the Pleasure Quarters, she weaves together intimate portraits of modern geisha with the romantic legends and colorful historical tales of geisha of the past." "From Sadda Yakko, who dined with American presidents and had her portrait painted by Picasso, to Koito, a modern-day geisha who maintains her own website, geisha throughout history step out of the pages of Women of the Pleasure Quarters to become living, breathing creatures. Looking into such traditions as mizuage, the ritual deflowering which was once a rite of passage for all geisha, and providing colorful depictions of the geisha's dress, training, and homes, Downer, with grace, elegance, and respect, transforms their reality in a captivating narrative that both informs and entertains."--Jacket
Madame Sadayakko : the geisha who bewitched the West by Lesley Downer( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of the geisha whose life inspired Puccini's Madame Butterfly, from her training in geisha traditions to her marriage to penniless actor and political maverick Otojiro Kawakami and her rise to international celebrity
The last concubine by Lesley Downer( Book )

71 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in 20 languages and held by 689 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sachi is an ordinary girl growing up in rural Japan. Yet she has always felt different, her pale skin and fine features setting her apart from her friends and family. She does not know that her life is about to change, and that she will soon be taken to the Women's Palace in Edo where courtly etiquette and ancient ritual dominate - and where she will be chosen as the concubine of the young ruler, the shogun. But Japan is changing. The Black Ships from the West have come bearing foreigners eager for trade and riches. As civil war erupts, Sachi and her loyal friend Taki flee for their lives across a war-torn land. Rescued by a rebel warrior, she falls passionately in love. But before they can create a life together, Sachi must discover the dark secret of her own origins - a secret that encompasses a wrong so terrible that it now threatens to destroy her
The brothers : the hidden world of Japan's richest family by Lesley Downer( Book )

7 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Tsutsumi family is Japan's greatest business dynasty. Like the Rockefellers or Gettys in the West, they have achieved a near-mythic quality. Theirs is the ultimate rags-to-riches story, a drama of cutthroat business intrigue and ties of honor, family rivalry, and the trials of wives and concubines, set against the turbulent background of Japan in the twentieth century. Although the Tsutsumis are constantly in the media spotlight, they have been justifiably secretive about their business dealings and their complex private lives; no one has dared to tell their true story. The Brothers gives the first and only full account of this legendary clan, and in doing so presents a rare insider's perspective on Japan
Japan by Lesley Downer( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in 5 languages and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An introduction to Japan through a survey of its geography, history, social life, religion, culture, economy, and government
The courtesan and the samurai by Lesley Downer( Book )

28 editions published between 2010 and 2013 in 9 languages and held by 545 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan, 1868: the last shogun has been defeated, the age of the emperors is about to begin and in Japan's frozen north a diehard band of loyalists plans a desperate last stand
Across a bridge of dreams by Lesley Downer( Book )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the brave new Japan of the 1870s, Taka and Nobu meet as children and fall in love; but their relationship will test the limits of society. Taka is from the powerful southern Satsuma clan which now dominates the country, and her father, General Kitaoka, is a leader of the new government. Nobu, however, is from the northern Aizu clan, massacred by the Satsuma in the civil war. Defeated and reduced to poverty, his family has sworn revenge on the Satsuma. Many southern samurai become disillusioned with the new regime, which has deprived them of their swords, status and honour. Taka's father abruptly leaves Tokyo and returns to the southern island of Kyushu, where trouble is brewing. When he and his clansmen rise in rebellion, the government sends its newly-created army to put them down. Nobu and his brothers have joined this army, and his brothers now see their chance of revenge on the Satsuma. But Nobu will have to fight and maybe kill Taka's father and brothers, while Taka now has to make a terrible choice between her family and the man she loves
Japanese food and drink by Lesley Downer( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Describes, in text and illustrations, the food and beverages of Japan in relation to its history, geography, and culture. Also includes recipes and information about regional specialities and festive foods
Geisha : the secret history of a vanishing world by Lesley Downer( Book )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in 4 languages and held by 350 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contrary to popular opinion, geisha are not prostitutes but literally 'arts people'. Their accomplishments include singing, dancing or playing an instrument and they are masters of the art of conversation. The history of the geisha is explored here
Step-by-step, Japanese cooking by Lesley Downer( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 2007 in English and held by 289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the Japanese table : new and traditional recipes by Lesley Downer( Book )

3 editions published between 1993 and 2000 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japanese vegetarian cooking by Lesley Downer( Book )

3 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The brothers : the saga of the richest family in Japan by Lesley Downer( Book )

10 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The courtesan and the samurai by Lesley Downer( Recording )

3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 96 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hana flees to the Yoshiwara, Tokyo's pleasure quarter, where she becomes a courtesan. Yozo returns to Japan to discover that the world he left behind has been destroyed. Travelling north, he is captured but escapes making his way south - to the Yoshiwara. There the battered fugitive meets the beautiful courtesan, but each has a secret so terrible, it will threaten their very lives
The samurai's daughter by Lesley Downer( Book )

4 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in Polish and English and held by 43 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A taste of Japan by Lesley Downer( Book )

2 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Madame Sadayakko by Lesley Downer( Book )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in 5 languages and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents the story of the geisha whose life inspired Puccini's Madame Butterfly, from her training in geisha traditions to her marriage to penniless actor and political maverick Otojiro Kawakami and her rise to international celebrity
On the narrow road to the deep North : journey into a lost Japan by Lesley Downer( Book )

5 editions published between 1989 and 1990 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author retraces the journey in 1689 of Matsuo Basho, described in his Oku no hosomichi = The narrow road to the deep north
The shogun's queen by Lesley Downer( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Japan, and the year is 1853. Growing up among the samurai of the Satsuma Clan, in Japan's deep south, the fiery, beautiful and headstrong Okatsu has - like all the clan's women - been encouraged to be bold, taught to wield the halberd, and to ride a horse.But when she is just seventeen, four black ships appear. Bristling with cannon and manned by strangers who to the Japanese eyes are barbarians, their appearance threatens Japan's very existence. And turns Okatsu's world upside down. Chosen by her feudal lord, she has been given a very special role to play. Given a new name - Princess Atsu - and a new destiny, she is the only one who can save the realm. Her journey takes her to Edo Castle, a place so secret that it cannot be marked on any map. There, sequestered in the Women's Palace - home to three thousand women, and where only one man may enter: the shogun - she seems doomed to live out her days
Japanese vegetarian cookery by Lesley Downer( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Women of the pleasure quarters : the secret history of the geisha
Alternative Names
Downer, Lesley

Lesley Downer britische Journalistin, Autorin und Japan-Expertin

Lesley Downer British writer

Lesley Downer Brits schrijfster

Lesley Downer escritora británica

ダウナー, レズリー

唐纳,莱斯莉.

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Madame Sadayakko : the geisha who bewitched the WestThe last concubineThe brothers : the hidden world of Japan's richest familyJapanThe courtesan and the samuraiGeisha : the secret history of a vanishing worldAt the Japanese table : new and traditional recipesThe brothers : the saga of the richest family in Japan