I completely fell in love with this book.
The writingstyle is so beautiful and the details are so lifelike, that it really feels like you're in Japan, into the lives of the geishas and their culture and traditions.
The protagonist Chiyo (later Sayuri) is such a loveable character, and I immediatly became attached to her.
Her journey - from being sold a a child to become a geisha - is a real rollercoaster, with lots of up and downs.
The other characters were great too, though I didn't like everyone (Hatsumomo grrr) they were so well developed and very important in the story.
I adored this book and would really recommend it!