Memoirs of a Geisha

February 19, 2020 - Comment

In Arthur Golden’s poised and beautifully written debut novel, Sayuri tells the extraordinary tale of her life, evoking a quarter of a century of Japan’s dramatic history, 1929 through to the post-war years. Her story encompasses her childhood in a poor fishing village, before taking us, as she was taken at the tender age of

In Arthur Golden’s poised and beautifully written debut novel, Sayuri tells the extraordinary tale of her life, evoking a quarter of a century of Japan’s dramatic history, 1929 through to the post-war years.

Her story encompasses her childhood in a poor fishing village, before taking us, as she was taken at the tender age of nine, into the formal but intimate world of the geisha, a world supposedly of eroticism and enchantment, but also one of exploitation and degradation. Later, when the war has forced the closure of the geisha houses, Sayuri tells of her redemptive struggle, penniless and hungry, finally to forge her own freedom, on her own terms.

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Anonymous says:

One of my favourite books ever. One of my favourite books ever. I’m always so jealous of people who are just reading it for the first time. It’s not a book that I’d normally choose, but I joined a book club, so was forced to, but I’m so glad I did. It’s not often that I find a book that I ‘can’t put down’, but I literally couldn’t. I’d still be reading it at about 3am, falling asleep over my kindle! The writing is just exceptional too, it’s written in a way that made me completely shocked that it wasn’t a true story. Before I…

Anonymous says:

A Perfect Novel Memoirs Of A Geisha has always been among my favourite novels. It’s a sweeping, romantic epic with richly drawn, believable characters and a hugely satisyfying narrative arc.It’s a novel which, once read, will stay with you forever – so vivid is the writing and characterisation.A must read.

Anonymous says:

Now I understand… Have just finished this book, having read it years after it was first published. When it came out it appeared everyone was reading it, now I understand why. It’s a compelling story, and very character rich. It speaks of a bygone era and a bygone mindset. I have always been interested in Japanese culture, so I felt sure this book would appeal. It’s a tale of someone turning their life round from the most inauspicious of beginnings, as well as understanding how they arrived at contentment. An…

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