Review | Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

“We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.” 6/5 stars!

Attention! This book contains: fishermans, white paint, sake, hair ornaments, gifts, obis, okiyas, elaborate hairdos, manners, jewelry, debt and beautiful gray eyes.

This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha – summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan’s dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.

A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha – dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the land’s most powerful men.

I don’t have enough good things to say about this book other than that it is absolutely beautiful and a new personal favorite. 

This historical novel published for the first time in 1997 by Arthur Golden is an absolute masterpiece! This book is about a very young girl from a small village in Japan who is taken from her parents to become a Geisha in Gion. It follows her life experiences and her path to becoming one of the greatest japanese Geishas of all time.

The author claims the story and the characters are entirely fictional, but the representation of japanese culture is incredible and you will learn a lot about the Geisha culture and traditions (the good and the bad).I think this would be a great book to pick if you love historical novels! I fell in love with this story and I think – I can’t believe I’m actually saying this – it’s probably my favorite book of all time.


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