Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.
In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.
“The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves until one day there are none. No hopes. Nothing remains.”
Let me start by saying that I know this book isn’t necessarily historically accurate. However, the story was beautiful and I enjoyed it very much. But the writing was a bit never-ending in the way that you would say SLOW. Some chapters took a very long time to get through and some seemed like they dragged on a little too long.
The story is from the perspective of Chiyo, or Sayuri later on. Having started off being sold my her family to a Geisha house where she is basically treated like a slave, the narrator draws you into the story. Memoirs of a Geisha has every aspect of a book that it a good tale, the love interest, the complicated life, the enemy, even war… all the makings of a good read. So from the Chairman to Nobu to Hatsumomo, you are bound to find something that sparks your interest.
“I had to wonder if men were so blinded by beauty that they would feel privileged to live their lives with an actual demon, so long as it was a beautiful demon.”
Overall, I enjoyed this book and tried to write a review that encourages you to read it, but also understand the accuracy isn’t where it should be. I didn’t want to give any spoilers away, so this review is going to be on the bland side. I, also, enjoyed the movie so if you don’t want to read it, at least watch the movie. . But to clarify again, I didn’t read the book or watch the movie for its accuracy. So don’t read this one for its accurate historical value, because there isn’t a lot of that. Read it for the story.