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4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, captivating story!
This book by Arthur Golden has been on my "To Be Read" list for a long time! I thought the narrator, Bernadette Dunne, did a beautiful job. I think I enjoyed this book much more hearing it than reading it, as I could hear the names and words spoken in the way that they were meant to be. I have always been fascinated with other cultures, so this book was a real treat...
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1.0 out of 5 stars White Man's Fantasy...I give this book a half star.
Sayuri's a perfect male fantasy: An Asian sex slave with western features (grey/blue eyes). Now, why couldn't she just have been a drop dead gorgeous Japanese woman? Why the colored eyes? But that's not what gets me. Would any intelligent person fall in love with the type of man who takes her away from her dying folks, forces her sister to be a cheap ol' hooker, and...
Published on Feb. 23 2000 by Shampoo Love
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, captivating story!,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha (Audio CD)This book by Arthur Golden has been on my "To Be Read" list for a long time! I thought the narrator, Bernadette Dunne, did a beautiful job. I think I enjoyed this book much more hearing it than reading it, as I could hear the names and words spoken in the way that they were meant to be. I have always been fascinated with other cultures, so this book was a real treat.
The book is about a young girl, Sayuri, who is sold into slavery to a geisha house in Gion, Japan. As she gets older, she must learn the geisha ways and traditions of the geisha, including: the tea ceremony, how to wear the kimono, the elaborate hair and make-up, the dancing.
The writing was beautiful, and I was totally captivated by this story.
My rating: 4.5 stars!!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Portrayal of Geisha Life,
4.0 out of 5 stars very moving!,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha (Paperback)I have to admit it took me a while to read this book. The beguining about her childhood is a bit long, but once you enter the real world of a geisha house... I could not put this book down. The rivalry & mean competition between the women is outstanding. The culture & customs are so beautiful. Please read this book first if you intend to see the movie & not the other way around or you will be very dissapointed.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down.,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha (Hardcover)This is one of my all-time favourite books. It's beautiful. Vivid. Eloquent. I just love it. I love the detail and how the story is painted. It's a glimpse into a life I had very little knowledge of before. And I even lived in Japan for a couple years. I love the characters, the ending... It's the kind of book I want everyone to read just so I can talk about it with them.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best so far.,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha (Paperback)I've read excellent books and this one is also an excellent, but somehow I feel that it is a different type of excellent. Perhaps I didn't treat it as a simple fiction. After reading this book, I felt like I just went to different teahouses in Gion and whereever they talked about. The descriptions are very very amazing and it definitely tells the story of a geisha, in her point fo view in particular. This book teaches us about Japanese culture, relationships and most of all, an emotional book that you might be on the edge of crying, and then the next moment, you'll be smiling again. Don't even compare it to the film, treat them as two different piece because they are two seperate piece.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exceptional Novel,
This book explores the profession of a geisha in prewar Japan. The women in prewar Japan tended to be viewed as women who cared for others in their home and obeyed only their father, husband, and son throughout their lives. Before Second World War, geisha was a profession in Japan that preserved the culture of art, music, and dancing in which the name of geisha means an "artist" (p. 141). The profession of a geisha was not an easily achieved status. To be a geisha, a young girl would have to be accepted by renowned elder geisha before putting her through the apprenticeship which might involves living with the geishas. The process of being a geisha required a long period of time because they would have to learn all of the arts including dancing and music, and the casual manners that a geisha would have to perform in the presence of wealthy and rich men. In the Japanese society, a geisha functions as an entertainer in the teahouse for paying male customers and as a performer in the public productions. A geisha's main function was based on preserving the Japanese traditional arts in an era where Japanese people would not be able to respect and honor their oral tradition and ancient culture of their grace country of Japan. In prewar Japan, the profession of a geisha was an equivalent to a career of an artist, a performer, and an entertainer, but not to a prostitute as one might believe.
One can apprehend the subordinated role of women in the Japanese society by looking at the geisha profession in Japan, the fitting role of a geisha, Sayuri's attractiveness, and Japanese men's appreciation of geisha's virginity throughout this book. With his decade of research in Japanese culture and the geisha life, Arthur Golden created an exceptional novel which expresses ravishing and interesting perspective about a geisha's life and the role of women in the Japanese society in his "Memoirs of a Geisha."
5.0 out of 5 stars Engulfed in her life!,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha (Hardcover)From the very first page of this book I was enthralled. The book is so well written. All the emotions in this book is astounding. While reading the book I could see myself living right beside all the characters, experiencing their lives.
If you have not read it, please do. There is so much detail in the book itself that the movie misses.
4.0 out of 5 stars great story,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha (Paperback)A remarkable and breathtaking novel, the author unlocks the complex world of rituals with insight, grace and intelligence. It is beautifully written and immensely believable.One can easily enter this exotic world where appearances are so important.
The story spans a lifetime, a girl is sold into slavery at a very young age by her father and is taken away from her village only to be groomed into beguiling the most powerful men. This story is seen through the eyes of the main character as she struggles to become and to be one of the most sought geisha in Gion .
This part fairy tale and part historical novel drew me in from the very first page. I wonder how close the movie came in describing this world without falling into too much Americanism, well maybe I will have to watch the DVD one day and judge for myself.
1.0 out of 5 stars White Man's Fantasy...I give this book a half star.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read,
This review is from: Memoirs of a Geisha (Paperback)This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. It is tied for the best and favorite with McCrae’s explosive, funny, and shocking “A Tour of Southern Homes and Gardens.” Memoirs of A Geisha is a wonderful book that captivates the reader from page one. My only disappointment with the book is that it wasn't longer. When's the last time THAT happened to you? The book was 428 pages I wish it could have been 1,000.
Also, I read the book too quickly. It is a book that people should read a chapter at a time, reflect, and read the next chapter the next day. But, unfortunately, a book this good will never allow you to put it down.
Memoirs of a Geshia takes a look at a girl who is stolen from her home at age 9 and sold. She is abused, ridiculed, and humiliated throughout her journey. She has to learn the many skills of becoming a Geisha. It is a book that is truly excellent and wonderful. It is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I would only recommend this book to more mature audiences. It does contain some graphic and sexually paragraphs. However, these paragraphs add to the theme and the events of the book. Without them, you have a different book. It is truly a wonderful novel and these areas and themes only add to it. You must, must, must also try the “Tour of Southern Homes and Gardens” for another look into another world—this time, the Southern United States as you’ve never seen them before!
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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (Paperback - Jan. 26 1999)
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