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Memoirs of a Geisha (Penguin Readers, Level 6)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  183 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Paperback, Penguin Readers, 98 pages
Published 2000 by Penguin Books
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Saskia Marijke Niehorster-Cook
Since I was a teenager I have come across a lot vague references having to do with Geishas, but none have given a clear picture about what these entertainment women are all about. Memoires of a Geisha gives a clear picture about the life of a Geisha, although I felt that there were some subtleties that were left out, including some of the seduction trades that make Geisha so fascinating.
Although this book is written by a man (and sometimes that shows through in the way our main character's th
Jun 24, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it
I read this version of Memoirs of a Geisha because I had heard mixed reviews on the full book. This is an abridged version and lacks in some of the details from the longer version. I think that I may still read the longer one now that I have read this version. I felt like I was missing some things but I feel that for an abridged story, this is great! It may be awhile before I pick up the longer version though as I think I need some time to forget this version in order to appreciate the longer on ...more
Mar 06, 2007 Audrey rated it really liked it
I don't understand why some people are all up in arms with this book. Who cares if a male author wrote it - yes, she was a geisha but that does not automatically throw her into the category of the stereotypical submissive Asian female. Arthur Golden gave her a powerful voice and had her tell a colorful and compelling story. I found the movie disappointing and a disgrace to the book.
Veronica Stubbs
Aug 13, 2009 Veronica Stubbs rated it it was amazing
This is a book well worth the read. First of all, it's written by a man who magically captures the heart, mind, soul and sensibilities of a woman...quite a feat. Beautifully written, heart-wrenching at the same time as historically fascinating. Time very well spent and much is learned in the reading.
Dec 18, 2011 Maya rated it liked it
Whatever our struggles, and whether we sink or swim, our world is no more permanent then a wave rising on the ocean.
Aug 14, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing
What an interesting study of a bygone era in a culture of which I am still learning...
Veronique Auger
May 27, 2007 Veronique Auger rated it really liked it
Interesting story. It allows us to get a glimpse of a different culture.
Mar 08, 2007 Jen rated it liked it
As everyone has pointed out, so so much better than the movie.
Kalli Fowler
Apr 12, 2007 Kalli Fowler rated it really liked it
Great story, the movie didn't capture the essence.
Aug 12, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
Waaayyyy better than the movie!!!!
Apr 23, 2007 mayra rated it it was amazing
i didn't want it to end! sigh.
This is a very good to read
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