There are many books along with Pride and Prejudice which I shall mention as my favorite novel but, I have to admit, that there are none which I take...moreThere are many books along with Pride and Prejudice which I shall mention as my favorite novel but, I have to admit, that there are none which I take half as much pleasure in reading again and again as Pride and Prejudice. There is something so delightful and exhilarating about reading Elizabeth and Darcy’s unlikely courtship, watching it all unfold with the same feeling of apprehension every year. The wide array of characters and their antics - Mr. Darcy’s haughtiness, Lizzy prejudices, Mr. Collins hilarious proposal, the incorrigible Mrs. Bennet with her nerves and shy Georgiana- all of them are so dear to me. Jane’s prose, the subtle wit with which she presents the society, everything is so heartwarming. Indeed, there is little I can say in her praise which has not already been mentioned in much fancier a language, using more creative expressions. I will only state with utmost sincerity that my life really feels incomplete in many ways without this visit to Elizabeth and her life every year!(less)
You know, I feel bad giving the book 2 stars. I am sure the author did a very hard job researching this stuff and all and the writing sure wasn’t bad....moreYou know, I feel bad giving the book 2 stars. I am sure the author did a very hard job researching this stuff and all and the writing sure wasn’t bad. The narrative style and the simplicity of the book were okay. But, every moment I have spent reading this book, has annoyed me. So sorry Arthur Golden, 2 stars it is.
Sayuri, the titular geisha, the oh-so charming girl, the narrator, was damn irritating. There is a literal bombardment of similes. One simple statement, which can be expressed just as simply has to be explained by comparing it to the hills or the sunset or the breeze blowing by or the river flowing by (you get the point). It felt very pretentious to me. Not a river really, more like an ocean, with its waves continuously crashing on the shore, destroying the sand castles of peace of mind (oooops! I caught the Sayuri syndrome). Also, major problem, CHAIRMAN, my dearest chairman, what does Sayuri see in you? I totally don’t get it. To devote one’s life to a man like him, eeks! He has set new standards of edwardishness (check out the ending of the book, you will know what I mean). That is not the way to treat a girl, as if she was a kind of birthday present. Nobu is just behind the chairman in the irritating character list. He is the biggest hypocrite in the book actually, because he pretends to not to be a hypocrite. In fact the only honest characters in the book were mother, Hatsumomo and pumpkin. They were bitches and they knew it.
I don’t want to criticize this book so much and would like to stop here, but, I wasted my money on this book and it has made me regret it, so revenge time. THE CLIMAX ABSOLUTELY, ROYALLY SUCKED. One doesn’t just suffer from all that Sayuri went through and live happily ever after. This isn’t a Disney princess tale. It’s a tale of a geisha, and as Mameha puts it, one doesn’t become a geisha for fun, they do because they have no choice. The author absolutely ruined the book with the unrealistic ending. And no, it doesn’t end here, there is more. The book totally contradicts itself, it chants through out that a geisha is an artist not a prostitute, but Sayuri’s virginity is literally auctioned of. What’s more, this book is freaking historically inaccurate. I did some research and it turns out, mizuage was supposed to be more of a sweet 16 party, a change of hairstyle thing. And the geisha who was interviewed for this book even told the author so. So the changing of fact to make the story juicy was really slimy.
Still, I guess many people might like it, so I am not really going to advice people against it(so what if I said all the things above), read at your own risk, it might change your life and you may end up thinking that this is the Japanese form of Titanic(sob, awwww, sob) and chairman is the dream come true. (less)
I don’t understand why Dan Brown has to spoon feed all the information to the reader. He explains a concept perhaps 5 times within a span of few pages...moreI don’t understand why Dan Brown has to spoon feed all the information to the reader. He explains a concept perhaps 5 times within a span of few pages and over analyses every twist he brings about. Characterisation and dialogues remain shabby at best, though Sophie is definitely a vast improvement over Vitoria (Angels and demon). Logic plays a more prominent role in this than in Angels and Demons, but the urge to roll your eyes at scenes is too overwhelming at times. Overall, 3 stars, and lots of regret on my part for having bought the entire series at a sale. (less)