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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden Reviews
#10 in Books


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We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha''s elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara.

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    Recommended? Fugheddaboutit!
    March 04, 2018
    Ontario, Canada


    It took me quite a long time to get through this book. Some of the things you learn about what a geisha is, was kind of interesting. Overall I didn't like this book. Mostly I felt sad about many of the situations the main character and some of the others had to go through. I felt like the main character lead a rough life. It made me think of the many people who have lived similar lives and how thankful I am to have as much power and freedom over my own body as I do but also hurt for all the women who don't. I did have a lot to think about while reading this book, but it wasn't for me.

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