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on July 13, 2015
Memoirs of a Geisha is an amazing novel that discusses the life of a Geisha, a Japanese artist-entertainer. Both its very exotic setting, with its extremely different value system, and its fascinating plot, which grabs your interest early on and keeps you waiting for more all along.
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on June 26, 2015
I've ready this book many times. It's one of my favorites!
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on May 31, 2015
Good writing and interesting story
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on February 16, 2015
This novel transports you to Japan, in a time when the Geisha were equally revered and desired. It follows the journey of a little girl named Chiyo as she evolves from the little fisherman's daughter that she once was into the great Geisha that she will always be. The level of research that went into this novel is evident in every detail of the story. As I was reading, I truly felt as though I was experiencing Japan firsthand! Normally, I stick to the fantasy genre but I am glad I strayed from that.Arthur Golden has truly weaved a masterpiece.
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on February 10, 2015
This story is amazing!!! The writing is pretty good.
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on December 15, 2014
Phenomenal novel! A must read. the movie doesn't do the book justice.
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on October 22, 2014
i love the book but i can only read it on my computer i attached it with my kindle but it won't appare on my kindle please solve this problem....
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on April 27, 2014
Young Chiyo lives in a poor fishing village. Her mother is dying, and her father unable to care for Chiyo and her sister, Satsu. In desperation, he sells the girls to a local businessman, who sells Satsu into prostitution and Chiyo (the more beautiful of the sisters) to an okiya, where geisha are trained. After falling afoul of head geisha Hatsumomo, Chiyo accumulates such a mass of debt that she seems destined to work at drudgery her entire life in order to repay it. Her life takes a turn for the better when she is taken under the wing of Hatsumomo's rival, Mameha, and starts her geisha training in earnest.

The story is written as if it were a biography. I found this confusing in the beginning, as I had believed it to be fiction, and it took some reading and checking to find out that it is, in fact, historical fiction.

I applaud Golden's use of setting. I always felt like I was right there, in Japan. Not being Japanese, I can't say how accurate it was, but certainly he does an admirable job of portraying a culture and mindset that differs significantly from modern North America.

Unfortunately, the storyline suffers from lack of plausibility and overt sexism. Chiyo gains her sudden confidence, not from a determination to better her own circumstance, but solely from a chance encounter with an older man. At age twelve. That she could become infatuated with a stranger who showed her kindness is believable; that that infatuation would be the driving force behind all of her subsequent actions for years to come, not so much. When, after meeting him again, the fantasy is never shattered, never even falters a little bit, it lost me entirely.
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on April 20, 2014
In a man's world, one with a narrow and tall ladder to the top, a young woman learns to climb to her own survival - and to for forge a place of power. Some say that women who've suffered most from exclusion and disrespect become, in turn, the worst enemies of their competitors. Others learn a deep compassion and begin to reconstruct a better world.
Memoirs of a Geisha tells both stories.

Eleanor Cowan, author ofA History of a Pedophile's Wife: Memoir of a Canadian Teacher and Writer
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on February 16, 2014
Beautifully written, you feel as if you may actually experience a little of what Gion was. The joy and heartbreak of a child and women, in a world that few would consider possible
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