Memoirs of a Geisha

…by Arthur Golden.


This book is a well crafted story of a woman’s life as a Geisha. Chiyo, a young Japanese girl with especially beautiful eyes, is the second / youngest daughter of a poor fisherman. As struggling family in a small village, Chiyo’s father decides to let go of the children when his wife’s health deteriorates. Chiyo and her sister are sold, separated from their parents, and eventually from each other. Chiyo goes on to become a beautiful Geisha, Sayuri.

How Chiyo copes with the separation from her sister. How an encounter with a man one afternoon transforms Chiyo’s despairs into hopes. What all road blocks she overcomes to reach her goal. Whether or not she achieves what she wants. All this and more is narrated in this beautiful novel.

The book is, without any doubt, a fascinating read. It’s a page turner that kept me engrossed right from the beginning. The story is well paced – no where during my read did I get bored even for a second. There is an added charm to the story that comes from the author’s play with words; it’s magical – the characters are brought to life, the landscape is nicely described, the culture is well detailed – all this in such a charming manner.

The author’s style of writing is simple, yet extremely beautiful and elegant. He masterfully involves the readers, makes them connect with the characters and leaves them wanting more. He takes you through this exhilarating journey through a Geisha’s world with compelling twists every now and then. And his use of metaphors to describe the ups and downs of life, to express feelings / emotions, to depict characters, etc. is truly mind-blowing.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book. A must read, indeed.

My rating: 5*.

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Memoirs of a Geisha

…by Arthur Golden.

This book is a well crafted story of a woman’s life as a Geisha. Chiyo, a young Japanese girl with beautiful eyes, is the second / youngest daughter of a poor fisherman. As struggling family in a small village, Chiyo’s father decides to let go of the children when his wife’s health deteriorates. Chiyo and her sister are sold, separated from their parents, and eventually from each other. Chiyo goes on to become a beautiful Geisha, Sayuri.

How Chiyo copes with the separation from her sister. How an encounter with a man one afternoon transforms Chiyo’s despairs into hopes. What all road blocks she overcomes to reach her goal. Whether or not she achieves what she wants. All this and more is narrated in this beautiful novel.

The book is, without any doubt, a fascinating read. It’s a page turner that kept me engrossed right from the beginning. The story is well paced – no where during my read did I get bored even for a second. There is an added charm to the story that comes from the author’s play with words; it’s magical – the characters are brought to life, the landscape is nicely described, the culture is well detailed – all this in such a charming, effortless manner.

The author’s style of writing is simple, yet extremely beautiful and elegant. He masterfully involves the readers, makes them connect with the characters and leaves them wanting more. He takes you through this exhilarating journey through a Geisha’s world with compelling twists every now and then. And his use of metaphors to describe the ups and downs of life, to express feelings / emotions, to depict characters, etc. is truly amazing.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book. A must read, indeed.

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13 comments on “Memoirs of a Geisha

  1. Haven’t read the book but seen the movie and quite enjoyed that…

  2. BlueMist says:

    and we agree. Loved the book. Need to catch on the movie though.

  3. Nu says:

    neither the movie not the book šŸ˜¦ But I have heard about this book from some friends as well…added to my wishlist šŸ™‚

  4. Read the book a few years back..and loved it.. Haven’t seen the movie..but then I don’t see a lot of movies of the book I like because I think the movie does not do the book justice..

    • Titaxy says:

      I saw the movie yesterday (a couple of days after finishing the book) and I agree, it doesn’t do much justice to the book. It was a good movie, though.

  5. wishesgalore says:

    read this book a couple of years ago..it makes such a fantastic read..One feel oneselg transported to those days!! loved it!!
    nice reveiw..
    got the movie some time back..yet to see it..

  6. wishesgalore says:

    confirmed book is better..!!
    saw the movie yesterday at home šŸ™‚
    the narration of the book was ultimate and so the wisdom it showers through sayuri’s monologues and beliefs..

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