Each time, there is a new aspect of the journey that catches hold of my heart. I relished every word about the incredible Kimonos, from how to put one on a real one, not a kimono dress from the states to the patterns that each tell a story of their own. But the story itself is also full of schemes and intrigue, and shadowy unknown benefactors that influence the course of the protagonist's life with small actions that have tremendous impact. I suppose, in a way, they were real because they represent a historical period and a way of life that really existed. Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you? I was disappointed by the ending, and I thought it really was a poor attempt to glorify what in effect was prostitution. All of this combines to give a thoroughly absorbing reading experience that leaves one feeling a little richer inside for having completed the book.
But other than this, the book is told in a magnificent way, the details about Japan and about a Geisha's life draw you into the story. Immediately, upon listening to the first couple of minutes, I was transported into each segment of the story. It is also a story of true love, as well as a story about the strength and struggles of women in Japan. I was mesmerized by the haunting beauty of the writing. It is a book worth reading more than twice and is an instant classic; one of those books you'll hold dear.
I give copies away to the most interested friends. Some of the techniques listed in Memoirs of a Geisha may require a sound knowledge of Hypnosis, users are advised to either leave those sections or must have a basic understanding of the subject before practicing them. This is not a book about sex. Geishas aren't prostitutes but they still auction off their virginities to the highest bidders? I will read this book nearly every year for the rest of my life. Nitta Sayuri tells us in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate of her life as a geisha. How she went from living a poor but rich life, to becoming what could be seen as the worlds greatest Geisha.
We hear the story from Sayuri at the age of 80 years or so, remembering her life and how she came to be where she is today. Her voice is warm and inviting so much so that several hours can go by and you wouldn't even care if a few more passed by as well. Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. I can't wait to see the movie! I have recommended it to all fo my friends. But other than this, the book is told in a magnificent way, the details about Japan and about a Geisha's life draw you into the story.
I truly enjoyed this work. I now enjoy the wisdom from having lived two lives: mine and one of a Geisha's 14 of 15 people found this review helpful Didn't want it to end. The book totally sucked me in from page one. Great story with an exotic setting. When Chiyo and her sister discovered they were not going to the same place in the city but were being separated. I loved it so much. In some places it is like a story, and in others it is like reading an encyclopedia of Japanese culture, and the two mix so well together that it is almost unnoticeable.
The experience is superior to that of the movie, because each moment is mined for maximum insight. The letters, spanning 20 years, record a journey of self-discovery and empowerment guided by the light of a few strong women. Geishas are more aptly akin to skilled hostesses, proficient in music, dance, conversation, games and ways of entertaining. Diane Buckley, a talented freelance forensic psychologist, is drafted in to examine a grisly murder — a body found in a children's playground. If you hated the movie.
I think it paints a colourful picture of pre-war Japan without lengthy or boring description. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. The sexual content is also very discreet and appropriate. The setting will be exotic for any American reader, but the everyday realities of the world it depicts are grim. One of my friends even got a copy of the book for Christmas.
I had started reading it not knowing what to expect, and I devoured it all. Took my imagination to a place i've never been to in reality but was able to picture just from the words. Memoirs of a Geisha is one of the most popular audio books on Audible with a score, at the time of publishing this review, of 4. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. But other than this, the book is told in a magnificent way, the details about Japan and about a Geisha's life draw you into the story.
Under the tutelage of the renowned Mameha, she becomes a leading geisha of the 1930s and 1940s. It kept me interested and wanting to read it even when I didn't have a lot of time. Soprano was reading it in night time shots, in bed. The tale she tells is also of two women - of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth - who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. Arthur Golden was educated at Harvard College, where he received a degree in art history, specializing in Japanese art. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450 pound Bengal tiger.