This book lives up to the hype! Since I was in elementary school, people have been raving about Arthur Golden's Memoirs of A Geisha and I could not ha...moreThis book lives up to the hype! Since I was in elementary school, people have been raving about Arthur Golden's Memoirs of A Geisha and I could not have been more interested in picking up the novel. A few weeks ago something in me changed when I selected the text to be my next audio book venture. Memoirs of A Geisha has been of the the surprise reads of 2013 and also one of the best that I have read this year.
Golden adds different layers to the story of feeling, passion and literary features. The symbolism, similes, foreshadowing and irony is top notch and elevates the story from good to great. I loved the historical aspect of it and I was able to learn new things about Japan and the life a geisha through the text. This book has something for everyone in it: romance, rivalries, extreme happiness and sadness and more.
This book receives 5 stars even though I unknowingly did not transfer two disks of the audio book onto my computer. I highly recommend this book!(less)
I was able to ready his book because of a goodreads giveaway. I would like to thank the author, goodreads and anyone else who made this giveaway possi...moreI was able to ready his book because of a goodreads giveaway. I would like to thank the author, goodreads and anyone else who made this giveaway possible.
"Rustication" is one of the reasons why I love goodreads giveaways. It gives avid readers the chance to read a book that they normally would not pick up. If I saw this book in a library or book store, I would not have given it a second thought, however, I am glad I had the chance to read it. I love the suspense that was consistently infused into the novel and it constantly made the reader think - which is always a plus! What added more to the story, was that it was based off of the actual journal of the he protagonist. I equalled enjoyed the author's note following the conclusion that provided character updates and historical information.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. My favorite aspects was the complex protagonist and family dynamic. A drawback of the the text is that it sometimes the narrator jumps around often - which is understandable since it is written in the style of a journal - but the reader can easily become confused. I recommend this book to anyone who like mysteries, thrillers and historical fiction. (less)
Alma Whittaker, the daughter of the famous botanist tycoon Henry Whittaker, is a revolutionary in the field of mosses. She spends her life studying th...moreAlma Whittaker, the daughter of the famous botanist tycoon Henry Whittaker, is a revolutionary in the field of mosses. She spends her life studying this slow growing species and publishing her work via her friend George Hawkings. As an older Alma continues her research on mosses, and human nature, a young man named Ambrose Pike. This unlikely pairing of a scientists and a utopian artist is joined by a mutual desire to understand of human nature and the universe.
I was able to receive an advanced copy of this book because of a giveaway from Goodreads and Elizabeth Gilbert. Thank you to all parties that made this possible. I love the storytelling aspect of this novel. Gilbert did an amazing job of providing a history of Alma and her family throughout. This allowed the reader to follow Alma from before her birth until she reached 90 years old. I was able to see her grow, mature and develop as the years went on, which added an emotional connection fro the reader as well. A negative aspect of the novel is at some points it can be a bit draggy.
Overall I enjoyed the book and appreciated Gilbert's tacking of powerful themes ranging from the meaning of life to self discovery. (less)