Memoirs of a Geisha Kindle Fire by Arthur Golden
Click Here to Download the Book Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. At nine, in a 1929 poor fishing village, she is sold to a geisha house, the buyer attracted by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. In Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto, she works to pay back the price of her purchase, while learning music, dance, elaborate costumes and cosmetics, and maintaining a fragile coiffure with a special pillow. With a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival she survives the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war.
Reviews Memoirs of a Geisha is a beautiful book. The narration almost reads like poetry. It portrays a dramatic world that you can hardly believe is real (and I have no idea how much of it truly is). It’s like being let in on a dark secret that no one else had the bravery to tell. I had seen the movie before and I loved it, but I am amazed that the book didn’t bring to mind memories from the movie aside from the first several chapters and the characters involved. I think this is due to how vastly different the styles of the two are. The book is a first person narrative, which makes it highly internalized. It portrays events through thought, which makes everything feel so personal and deep, like seeing into someone’s soul. The movie can only accomplish this through imagery. They are both wonderful and worth exploring.
As a Japanese studies major I love the setting of the story. There’s nothing more magical than the geisha world in pre-war Japan. The love story is captivating. There is definitely a sense of surrealism in the plot, however, which leads me to question the authenticity of the story. Either way, I highly recommend it! Drama, tragedy, love, pain, beauty, it wraps it all up into one sad yet lovely story of a geisha’s life.
I actually picked this book up at a vending machine (yes, you heard me correctly - a book vending machine) in London. (God bless the Brits!) I was in need of something to read for my flight home, and this seemed the most interesting choice. What started as a random selection, has turned out to be one of my all-time favorite books! "Memoirs of a Geisha" offers a fascinating look behind the tightly drawn veil of Japanese "Geisha" (which literally means 'artist'). It tells the rags to riches story of a young girl named Chiyo who is destined to become a Geisha through a series of dramatic circumstances.
Told with lush prose, vivid detail, and a striking voice (the author, surprisingly, is a male), readers are offered a rare glimpse into a land and culture so different from our own. Needless to say, I was enthralled and captivated by this truly amazing story.
Memoirs of a Geisha is, and always will be, my favourite book. Arthur Golden tells the beautiful tale of the little
peasant girl Chiyo, who is taken away from her family at a young age and eventually becomes the famous geisha Sayuri. This novel entranced me - the author's descriptions of Japan and the intricacy with which he delved into the geisha lifestyle was fascinating. I know there has been a fair bit of criticism from people who have said that this book does not represent the eastern culture in its true light. Whilst this may be true, I think what has to be remembered is that this is a work of fiction. Yes, obviously it is historical fiction - but fiction nontheless, therefore I was expecting it to be maybe slightly glamourised. I didn't mind that, because the overall story was so enchanting. I'd love to visit Japan one day!
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