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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
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Mar 24, 2009

it was amazing
Read in October, 2008

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
A delicious gem of a book written about a fictional girl named Chiyo who later becomes the honored geisha, Sayuri. Based on actual interviews and information from several geisha, most notably Mineko Iwasaki, Memoirs of a Geisha paints a vivid and seemingly accurate picture of a geisha's life in the 30's and 40's, during times of great wealth and abundance, as well as great suffering and loss.

Before hitting upon some of the core of the book, a special mention goes to the beautiful language in which this novel is written. When young Chiyo falls on the slippery dirt road in Yoroido, she looks back on that event as being "one of those trivial things with huge consequences, like losing your step and falling in front of a train." So beautifully written in language, and so beautifully portrayed as a life lesson. The entire book reads like this amazing metaphor...

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