Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

28 Dec

Synopsis – This story is a rare and utterly engaging experience. It tells the extraordinary story of a geisha -summoning up a quarter century from 1929 to the post-war years of Japan’s dramatic history, and opening a window into a half-hidden world of eroticism and enchantment, exploitation and degradation.

A young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house. She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Her memoirs conjure up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice-paper screens, where young girls learn the arts of geisha – dancing and singing, how to wind the kimono, how to walk and pour tea, and how to beguile the most land’s powerful men.

My thoughts – This book was one that my mum absolutly loved, and i brought this as part of a bundle of books. I’m quite ashamed to say that i would have probably have not read it if i hadnt. It is an absolutly fantastic book! Just the description of how geishas live and what they had to go through, was like it was on another world. I had to keep remembering that this sort of thing actually happened. I had reservations about the language and weather it would be difficult to get into, but i needent have worrried. It was so easy to get into i was reading for two hours without even noticing. I would highly recommend this book to anybody, an absoutly lovely read!

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