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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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Sep 13, 2011

it was ok
Recommended for: Teenage girls
Read in September, 2011

This book should have been published as a magazine article about the decline in geishas in Japan.

But this book goes on and on (and on) about hair, make-up, tea ceremonies and dance classes. It is interesting the first time the author describes it but there after it is just a tedious rehashing of what was described 2 pages back.

It had the same feel as a novel about a group of high school girls who worry about their appearance and about which boy likes them or not.

The third star is for the research the author did and his imaginative powers. Surely it is not easy for a grown man to imagine the sheltered life of a young woman who spends all her time pouring tea and doing her make-up.


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