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Memoirs of a Geisha (Book)

78 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Arthur Golden

According to Arthur Golden's absorbing first novel, the word "geisha" does not mean "prostitute," as Westerners ignorantly assume--it means "artisan" or "artist." To capture the geisha experience in the art … see full wiki

Author: Arthur Golden
Publisher: Knopf
17 reviews about Memoirs of a Geisha (Book)
Quick Tip by . March 10, 2011
A more accurate read would be Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki who took Arthur Golden to court for defamation of character after he breached the agreement not to reveal her as one of his sources and fictionalized her experiences, with many negative parallels to her real life.
Quick Tip by . August 14, 2010
I found that the book is much better than the movie.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
never read the book but the movie was really good it was colorful and interesting.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
This was the kind of book that transports the reader into an entirely different time and culture. You are exploring a world that is unknown, mysterious, and yet, familiar.
Quick Tip by . July 06, 2010
fascinating tale
Quick Tip by . July 04, 2010
An enjoyable read and an interesting view into another culture.
Quick Tip by . June 26, 2010
Very interesting novel. You learn lots of things about the culture
Quick Tip by . June 24, 2010
I loved it so much I read it twice.
Quick Tip by . June 11, 2010
Awesome book and history, Good read.
Quick Tip by . January 04, 2010
Well-written and entertaining, but Arthur Golden's use of inaccuracies in an attempt to create drama portray geisha in a negative light.
review by . May 01, 2006
The first time I read Arthur Golden's "Memoirs of a Geisha," the simple genuine voice of the narrator, Chiyo/Sayuri, as she moves from a puzzled girlhood to a fulfilling womanhood enchanted me. Sold to a Gion `okiya', Chiyo, the illiterate child of a fishing village, shares with the reader her struggle to find her identity while surviving and accepting the rigorous disciplines and the personal sacrifices necessary to effectively and complacently morph into Sayuri, one of Kyoto's legendary geishas …
review by . December 28, 2005
Memoirs of a Geisha are a fictional account of a real geisha, but make no mistake: when you find someone named "Mr. Snowshowers" or "Doctor Crab" they were real people, but their names were changed so as not to embarrass their families.   I thought the idea of a fictional "Memoir" was terrific - and I actually thought the Translator's Notes added to the whole. Many great authors of the past have done such things in an attempt to draw the reader deeper into a chosen world (for example, …
review by . December 15, 2004
Pros: Very interesting; captivating; well-written     Cons: slow at times     The Bottom Line: This is an incredible book that I recommend to anyone. Very interesting.... You won't be able to put it down!     Memoirs of a Geisha is not a biography, nor is it a ghost-written novel. When Dionne25 recommended I read this book, we both were under the impression that it was. That's how convincing it is. Hollywood must think so, too, as it is …
review by . December 15, 2004
Pros: Very interesting; captivating; well-written     Cons: slow at times     The Bottom Line: This is an incredible book that I recommend to anyone. Very interesting.... You won't be able to put it down!     Memoirs of a Geisha is not a biography, nor is it a ghost-written novel. When Dionne25 recommended I read this book, we both were under the impression that it was. That's how convincing it is. Hollywood must think so, too, as it is …
review by . April 25, 2004
I finally had to read this book to see what all of the "hoopla" was about. Now I know! Beautifully penned tale about a young Japanese girl who is sold by her family...and thrust into a life as a young maid in a faraway town. Alone and unhappy, Chiyo remembers forever the kindness shown her by the handsome Chairman, who find her crying--and gives her his handkerchief to dry her tears. Although her life is further complicated by the presence Hatsumomo,the moneymaking geisha of the okiya where she …
review by . April 16, 2003
Never in my life have I read a book that so thoroughly immersed me into a subject and society which I knew next to nothing about (and half of what I did think I knew was wrong!).You get a full education into what the life, the society and the behaviors of geishas was. You also get a great feeling for life in pre-WWII Japan, particularly among the upper classes. And, during the course of the book, WWII comes to that country, and we see its effect on the world we've come to know and appreciate.But …
review by . January 31, 2000
Pros: Great story, VERY well written     Cons: It is fiction, I wanted it to be a true story     One of the best novels I've read (and reread) in a long time, Memoirs of a Geisha tells a powerful and moving story about Sayuri, a lovely grey-eyed geisha of Gion.       This novel tells with intimate detail about the life in the household that supports a geisha. Each geisha is like a cottage industry. She supports a household by her income …
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