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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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Nov 06, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction, memoirs, the-book-is-transelated-in-greek

The story was quite amazing, if a bit implausible (a geisha plucked out of the deep countryside? a Japanese girl with blue eyes?). The characters are great, although the description of the skills she had to learn to become a geisha were somehow less developed than descriptions of the hardship of life in Gion. Some episodes that describe how geisha entertain were good, but the gleeful enymity between main character Sayuri and Hatsumomo is neither explained nor properly developed - and then, just when you think that the evil relationship is quite central to he book, Hatsumomo is discarded and all but forgotten as a character two thirds into the book. The ending of the book is one of the worst I've read, it even makes "Ransom" look like a masterpiece in terms of how it is concluded - while that book was not as good, the ending certainly was a stunner (albeit a bit pointless).

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