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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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Jun 06, 2007

it was ok
Read in May, 2007

An aside: it did take me a long time and great puzzlement what the Author's Note was about. I felt downright daft when I figured out the author was merely trying to justify the title of "Memoirs" and give background information that otherwise did not fit into his grand vision of the "memoirs" themselves. I must admit, the beginning of this book swept me away into Chiyo's world. However, as the book dragged on, I felt bored more than anything. She rehashes the same feelings and situations over and over. She "reminds" you of contextual information she'd mentioned earlier in the book that you couldn't forget unless you had some sort of memory disorder. Seriously, if I remembered it, no one who was half-reading the book would forget it. While the imagery in the book was quite strong (I can see why they wanted to make the movie - which I have not seen), the fact that some white guy wrote the book detracted from my enjoyment. I asked myself: what made this guy think he could write a book in the voice of a Japanese woman who lived through World War II. Maybe I missed the point - surely I have, since this book is so beloved by so many people. I know that he consulted with a great many primary sources in writing this novel; it just seems a little presumptuous of an endeavor.

Though at times plodding, I concede the book is well-written overall.
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message 1: by Eddie (new)

Eddie Memoirs of a geisha, while capably written, leaves you witht the impression that you've sat through a well crafted melodrama. It won't haunt your dreams, but it does draw the curtain back on an unknown subject.

Amanda Sidebottom There's only one person who haunts my dreams...

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Eddie I should flag that comment for abuse, monkey!

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Robert barffff (the minimum is five characters apparently.)

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