Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha

A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most pow A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exqui...

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Title:Memoirs of a Geisha
Author:Arthur Golden
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Memoirs of a Geisha
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages:503 pages pages

Memoirs of a Geisha Reviews

  • Zara Aimaq
    Apr 02, 2007
    I first read this book in high school, and although I remember liking it, I don't think I was paying very much attention because I seriously thought the book was just about a bunch of Japanese hookers. But I reread it a few weeks ago, and I loved the story. Memoirs is about the life of...
  • Khalid
    Apr 15, 2007
    Memoirs of a Geisha is an amazing novel that discusses the life of a Geisha, a Japanese artist-entertainer. Both its very exotic setting, with its extremely different value system, and its fascinating plot, which grabs your interest early on and keeps you waiting for more all along, co...
  • Michi
    Jun 11, 2007
    Very entertaining, but kind of made me gag. Everything was written in this faux-asian "My heart ached like cherry blossom petals floating on the river..." bullshit. ...
  • Liz Lynch
    Sep 09, 2007
    Like eating fancy dessert at a gourmet restaurant, Memoirs of a Geisha is beautiful, melts lightly off the tongue and will be forgotten shortly after it's done. The language is strikingly lovely, and Golden paints a remarkable picture of a time and place. If you're looking to learn...
  • Argona
    Aug 16, 2013
    I became fascinated with Japanese culture when I was a teenage girl and since then I have read many Japanese-related books and articles and have watched many movies and animes that depict parts of Japanese culture but the fact remains that I am not Japanese, I have never been to Japan ...
  • Elyse
    Jul 20, 2012
    I read this a long time ago ---(a favorite) --- Its amazing a 'male' wrote this book. (sure 'felt' like a female speaking). ...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 04, 2010
    93. Memoirs of A Geisha, Arthur Golden Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II. ??????...
  • Juushika
    Mar 26, 2008
    Memoirs of a Geisha is an American novel, and as such the attempt at West does East, especially on the complex and delicate subject of the geisha, is compelling, interesting, but also heavy-handed and ultimately ineffective (even more so in the case of the film). It is a wonderful intr...
  • Megan B.
    Feb 13, 2008
    The world of Geisha is a secret and forbidden world. The shell is beautiful and seems to be a life of luxury, but the core is pure suffering. Geisha do not love, they do not choose their fate, and their life is owned by the men they entertain. They are not meant to feel. The very word ...
  • Jillian
    Jun 19, 2008
    The book in itself presents an interesting story, and makes for an entertaining read, but what bothers me about this book is that the vast majority of Western readers interpret it as a historically accurate memoir, when in fact it was written by an American author for an American audie...
  • Fabian
    Dec 02, 2014
    Well, I finally got around to this one. & I think I understand its fan base and its subsequent literary worth; it was the "Gone Girl" of the 90's. (Only in popularity.) This time, the fairy tale (with "Girl" it seems as if we're more comfortable with the cautionary tale in the 10's...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Dec 09, 2013
    I read this book back when it first came out. I never wrote a review of it because when I first joined GR I didn't really know what it was all about. It took a bit before it sunk in for me. Now GR members get spammed at times. The newest form of spam is review bumping. I didn't even...
  • T.J.
    May 13, 2008
    Damn if you aren't one of the most problematic things I've ever read, Memoirs of a Geisha. Like much of non-Asian America, I was swept up in the delight of reading this book in 2000. I was fifteen and precocious, and the narrative was arresting. I couldn't put the book down. I wrote...
  • Katie
    Aug 20, 2008
    I've read this book 3 times now and each time I pick it up, I forget how much I disliked reading it the last time. On the surface, the book presents an interesting subject. The life of a geisha is fascinating, especially to a westerner who has little knowledge of Japanese culture. Gold...
  • Jason Koivu
    Nov 29, 2008
    A Cinderella romance that unexpectedly swept me away! Memoirs of a Geisha is a very picturesque and dramatic tale of a young village girl taken from her family and raised in Kyoto as a geisha. Usually I don't go in for romance. Don't get me wrong, I love love. But I prefer my love ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Nov 28, 2013
    ?Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper. ? Geisha Mineko Iwasaki basis for Chiyo/Sayori. Chiyo, with her sister Satsu, and her mother and father live in a shack by the sea on the c...
  • Richard Derus
    Jun 24, 2010
    The Book Report: The politics of the okiya, or geisha house, closely examined through the rise of Chiyo, an unpromising girl sold into slavery by her peasant family, to become Sayuri, a sought-after and renowned geisha in pre-WWII Kyoto. Chiyo's arrival in the okiya is inauspicious,...
  • Henry Avila
    Jun 01, 2016
    In a small Japanese fishing village of Yoroido, on the coast of the Sea of Japan, a child Chiyo Sakamoto, 9, lives with an ancient father, dying mother, and older sister Satsu, in a dilapidated home, leaning over a cliff, the year 1929, things are tough and will get harder, as the Grea...
  • Arah-Lynda
    Jul 23, 2011
    A beautiful, poingnant story that is so incredibly, lyrically captivating you are seduced from the very first word. An absolute work of art, each page overflows with beautiful, sensual, evocative images. Such is the skill and authority of Golden's writing, I feel as though I have...
  • Sophia.
    Nov 22, 2011
    So.. Memoirs of a Geisha. I'd been wanting to read that one for a very long time. I had heard so many good things about it. It's supposed to be awesome, and deep, and beautiful, right? Wrong. It's not. The writing was what bothered me the most. It's pretentious and superficial,...
  • Ana
    Feb 23, 2017
    I can finally cross Memoirs of a Geisha off my list. I had my doubts about this book, but I'm happy to say I was wrong. ...
  • Matthew
    Aug 27, 2018
    This one is going to be a bit difficult for me to review. I enjoyed it, but it was kinda weird. It was interesting, but kind of slow. The historical fiction aspect is interesting, but I have seen many reviews critical of the actual truth of it all. The pros: - Very good storytelli...
  • Saffron
    Jun 16, 2015
    Jesus! This is one long-a$$ book. It took me two weeks to finish but I did it. And in the end, it made me cry. Now I am sad that its over. I wish this book was never-ending on paper as much as this is everlasting in my mind. Perfect. Sad. Beautiful. A great love story. ...
  • Ahmad Mustafa
    Aug 02, 2017
    4.5 stars This novel is very rich and full of diverse characters and shows a big deal of the classic Japanese tradition. -Every character represents an aspect and an attitude of humans -Although it is lengthy but I don't find it boring,the length of the book helped in building ...
  • Khadidja
    Nov 20, 2015
    Very interesting,entertaining, and quick to read! Chiyo/Sayuri and her sister Satsu were sold into slavery at the age of 9 by their father, Sayuri tells of her traumatic arrival at the Nitta okiya (a geisha house), where she endures harsh treatment from everyone, In spite of the proble...
  • Mariah
    Feb 15, 2018
    I read this book for the Goodreads' book club Diversity in All Forms! If you would like to join the discussion here is the link: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/... This is a realistic-fiction story about geishas in Japan. The book is based off of a lot of research the author d...
  • Chloe
    May 01, 2018
    Absolutely stunning and flawless. Promoted to one of my all-time favorite books. I've no clue how the author wrote this, being that he is not a geisha, not Japanese, not a woman, not from the World War II era, etc., etc.... but it is absolutely incredible. ...
  • Anne
    Sep 17, 2018
    This was one of the best-written books I have ever read. There was something so special about the writing style, I can't really put it into words. It was just so "fitting" and transported me right into this fascinating world. I knew absolutely nothing about the Geisha tradition going i...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Jul 21, 2018
    Loved the book and the writing but there was something about it that I passionately disliked as well. I can?t explain it as I myself don?t understand it but it definitely hindered my enjoyment to the full. I was also somewhat take aback by my sheer dislike for Sayuri. I feel ...
  • samantha  (books-are-my-life20)
    Sep 05, 2018
    Allowing for the author's creativity, this book is a brilliant telling of Chio's life in her own words. I was immediately drawn into her story to make a moving thought-provoking memoir. Told in such a way as you the reader can almost palpably feel every emotion. From overwhelming sadne...