Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

Has anyone tackled this yet? I picked it up after my shift at work yesterday and couldn't put it down until I finished it.

It's a biography of a geisha from her inauspicious beginnings as the daughter of a very poor fisherman in a tiny village to up around WW2 and right after it.

All I can say is, it totally blew me away. I love reading historical biographies, and this one is right up there at the top of my list.

Blackrabbit 18 years ago
Has anyone tackled this yet? I picked it up after my shift at work yesterday and couldn't put it down until I finished it.

It's a biography of a geisha from her inauspicious beginnings as the daughter of a very poor fisherman in a tiny village to up around WW2 and right after it.

All I can say is, it totally blew me away. I love reading historical biographies, and this one is right up there at the top of my list.
Dia 18 years ago
isnt this becomming a movie very soon. i think release dateis nov or dec. someone was talking about it.

it sounds very interesting!
Dia 18 years ago
isnt this becomming a movie very soon. i think release dateis nov or dec. someone was talking about it.

it sounds very interesting!
Blackrabbit 18 years ago
Yeah, it is. That's part of the reason I bought the book. I can't get over it though. I'm not sure why this particular book drives me nuts, although I'm kind of a fan of Japanese culture and history.

It's not just the uniqueness of her story that's compelling, but also the fact that the choices she makes end up having such an impact on the reader. You can't read this book without feeling like you personally know everyone in it and want to tell them what to do and what not to do.

The choices she makes in the end are the best part, when you learn what she's willing to give up to get what she dreams of, or what she wants to keep. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, which is why I'm being so vague, but I'm glad I read this book in its undiluted form before seeing it transposed into film. I hope they can do it justice.
Blackrabbit 18 years ago
Yeah, it is. That's part of the reason I bought the book. I can't get over it though. I'm not sure why this particular book drives me nuts, although I'm kind of a fan of Japanese culture and history.

It's not just the uniqueness of her story that's compelling, but also the fact that the choices she makes end up having such an impact on the reader. You can't read this book without feeling like you personally know everyone in it and want to tell them what to do and what not to do.

The choices she makes in the end are the best part, when you learn what she's willing to give up to get what she dreams of, or what she wants to keep. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, which is why I'm being so vague, but I'm glad I read this book in its undiluted form before seeing it transposed into film. I hope they can do it justice.
Maeya 18 years ago
I read this a number of years ago, and really enjoyed it. I felt it was very well written, interesting, and informative. I've re-read it several times and have enjoyed it as much, or better each subsequent time.
Maeya 18 years ago
I read this a number of years ago, and really enjoyed it. I felt it was very well written, interesting, and informative. I've re-read it several times and have enjoyed it as much, or better each subsequent time.