Memoirs of a Geisha Review

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Memoirs of a Geisha

Date: January 6, 2011


Well done!
I couldn’t say more. This is one of the greatest master pieces ever written. The alluring literary book of Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of Geisha has totally hit the rock!

The story of Nitta Sayuri, a very renowned geisha of Japan shared her spiced up childhood and her struggle of becoming a geisha. Taken away from home as young as nine, little Chiyo Sakamoto (Sayuri’s birth name) expected a more alleviated life than her old tipsy house. Having to know the condition of her mother, Chiyo has pondered of what would become of her after her death. Her father, being as old as a worn out rag, didn’t gave her enough security with him. This gave her the courage enthusiasm and fantasy that they (her older sister satsu) will be adopted by Mr.Tanaka –a known person in his little village- after her short encounter with him. Although, as it turned out, her whims didn’t converge. Instead, her life in her little village was much better than she could ever wished for.

Having sold to an okiya where geisha’s are housed, Chiyo has struggled a life she didn’t expect. As young as her age, she has pondered and contemplated over things any nine year old couldn’t comprehend. Although her thoughts of things hasn’t ripen the way they should be, the depth of her understanding can’t be compared.

Her struggle in the okiya didn’t only revolve over her life as a slave. The war of her emotions gave her deep aguish and fear. Loneliness consumed her within as her depart didn’t allow her to mourn over the loss. But it wasn’t obvious when it happened. Or she didn’t want to think it that way.

Maybe chiyo could have been stronger if her older sister Satsu was with her. But to live alone abruptly with strangers she has no idea of, well it’s not easy. Satsu was taken to another place because of her complete physical disorientation. Her facial composition wasn’t as...
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