Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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Registered: 09-03-2005
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
Wed, 11-09-2005 - 10:48am

This book was great! I really didn't know anything about Geisha but did assume they were something like a high class call-girl. I guess everyone thinks that b/c the author includes that misperception in his book. The attention to detail in the book was amazing! A friend of mine said that the movie version will be coming out soon and I definitely want to see that.

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"I wasn't born and raised to be a Kyoto geisha....I'm a fisherman's daughter from a little town called Yoroido on the Sea of Japan." How nine-year-old Chiyo, sold with her sister into slavery by their father after their mother's death, becomes Sayuri, the beautiful geisha accomplished in the art of entertaining men, is the focus of this fascinating first novel. Narrating her life story from her elegant suite in the Waldorf Astoria, Sayuri tells of her traumatic arrival at the Nitta okiya (a geisha house), where she endures harsh treatment from Granny and Mother, the greedy owners, and from Hatsumomo, the sadistically cruel head geisha. But Sayuri's chance meeting with the Chairman, who shows her kindness, makes her determined to become a geisha. Under the tutelage of the renowned Mameha, she becomes a leading geisha of the 1930s and 1940s. After the book's compelling first half, the second half is a bit flat and overlong. Still, Golden, with degrees in Japanese art and history, has brilliantly revealed the culture and traditions of an exotic world, closed to most Westerners. Highly recommended.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 11-09-2005 - 2:22pm

It was a very good book. Can't wait for the movie!!

Here's a link to the page...

Looks like it was completed in September!



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Registered: 12-12-1997
Sat, 11-12-2005 - 7:09pm

It will be in theaters December 9!

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Registered: 06-02-2003
Sun, 03-05-2006 - 10:40am

I thought the book was really good.