I must admit that I'm confused about the appeal of this book. I'm reading it as part of a book club, and never have I struggled so much to get through a single volume. I'm generally open to works outside of my normal interests, but I find this tedious book so overburdened with period detail and misplaced epochal reverence that I don't think I can finish it. While the general subject may be somewhat interesting, the story becomes obscured by the obsessive adoration the author has for the phenomenon of geisha. I'm afraid I'll have to learn the ending from my book club mates, unless, of course, they feel the same way I do and don't finish it.