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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden Reviews
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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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    April 03, 2015

    Love it, it's even better then the movie and I would happily re read it

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    March 04, 2015

    After years of watching the movie over and over, I finally caved a week ago and read this book. The Japanese culture is mesmerizing. This was a fantastic glimpse into what geishas and even people went through back in the early years of the 1900's. Mameha is by far my favorite character in both the movie and the books. I enjoyed the book but I prefer the movie. At the end of the movie, they cut it short and you are left with thinking Sayuri and the Chairman are happy. In the book, it doesn't seem like they really are all that happy years later. Don't get me wrong. Movie was very well made and book was well written. It's just one of those stories that anyone will love. I recommend it!

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    June 12, 2014

    A rich novel that once you dive in you won't be able to put it down until its done. Wonderful and well written.

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    May 29, 2014

    One of the best books I've ever read. It is well written and the story is very interesting.

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    May 11, 2014

    Really good book for girls. Gives you a look into the life of a real "Geisha"

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    September 05, 2013

    I read so many books that I cannot afford to purchase them all, so I borrow from the library and only purchase the keepers. Memoirs of a Geisha was a keeper. Beautiful book, poetic in prose.

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    November 15, 2012

    I have read this book 4 or 5 times so far. It is a very interesting story and I like the way it is presented. It is an easy book to read. I have not seen the movie, but I usually like the books better anyways.

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    May 02, 2012

    This was a wonderful book. I have never seen the movie but from what I've heard, the book is much better. I took every chance I could to read this book. Loved it!! :)

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    February 16, 2012

    A great book. It's an interesting look into the world of a Geisha and the business of it. I did watch the movie when it came out and while I did enjoy the movie I felt the book painted a better picture. It's a nice easy read so it's good if you want something casual because the story is easy to follow and the writing style keeps you interested.

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    January 22, 2012

    Love, love, loved this book. i am a big fan of historical fiction and this is at the top of that list. What a wonderful story. What an unbelievable story. I learned so much about japanese culture. Truly a "must read".

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