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Thursday, 24 March 2011
First ever guest review courtesy of Charlene: Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
No doubt you will have heard much about this novel (and the movie that followed). I thought it was absolutely breathtaking and it completely absorbed me into the story of 'Chiyo' and her consequent years as the geisha 'Sayuri'.
The story is narrated by Sayuri as she recounts how she was sold to an 'okiya' (or Geisha House) in Kyoto where she grew up to be a famed geisha. There are lots of layers to the story though as Sayuri yearns to see her sister again and fit into life as a geisha, as well as win the affections of the Chairman.
This story is sad and uplifting in equal measures and it really does emphasise that a person may go through difficult times and can sometimes lose hope, but ultimately, happiness is achievable.
Whilst not an archetypal love story, I found the romance between Sayuri and the Chairman compelling and beautifully written.
I don't know much about how accurate or true-to-life the novel is, but it is a fantastic read and I couldn't put it down! And although it is a few years old now, it really stands out as one of my favourite books.