Memoirs of A Geisha

Memoirs of A Geisha

Audiobook CD - 1997
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The story of a young girl's transformation into a geisha. But as World War II erupts and the geisha houses are forced to close, Sayuri must reinvent herself all over again to find a rare kind of freedom on her own terms.
Publisher: Newport Beach, Calif. : Books on Tape, ©1997
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780736660617
0736660615
Branch Call Number: COMP DISC FICTION GOLDE...A
Characteristics: 15 sound discs (approximately 19 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
digital,1.4 m/s,stereo
Additional Contributors: Dunne, Bernadette
Notes: Unabridged
In container (18 x 17 cm.)

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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 powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic... Read More »

In Golden's debut novel, "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 powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once ro... Read More »


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arbolesta1
Nov 19, 2018

Since I received this book for Christmas over a decade ago, I have made a point to reread it every year as it is one of the few books so lush and rich in detail, so utterly captivating in style and content, that my mind is whisked away each time I traverse its pages. This is my favorite book, and if you like perfectly polished imagery and escapism, it will certainly make your day.

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Tauriel
Nov 13, 2018

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA: ARTHUR GOLDEN

CHARACTERS: I absolutely love Sayuri. This is maybe the second or third time that I have read this book, and I just really, really love Sayuri. She is fictional, but she feels real and fleshed out. Her backstory is sad, but the fact that she fights in the unique geisha way for what she wants in order to not starve as a pauper is really inspiring. Even though she lost her mother, father, and her sister, she is able to unconsciously work through the challenges as a young girl, and then consciously as a woman. Her story is an eye-opening window into the lives of geisha in Japan, and the cutthroat competition that it included.
PLOT: Amazing. Every single time I read this, it is just like the water that Sayuri has too much of: gentle, yet forceful, and cold to the touch. This plot is one of the most amazing that I have ever enjoyed. From a young girl sold to the okiya (geisha house) to an apprentice of Mameha (awesome. Amazing character) to geisha of the man she loves, her story is moving, powerful, and cannot be missed.
ACCURACY: As far as accuracy goes, this story delves into the makeup, wax, rouge, and hair ornaments as well as the cost, debts, and payments of the geisha life. I haven’t studied this, but from my perspective it is a very well-researched novel.
RECOMMENDATION: This book has five out of five stars, and I love it. However, it should not be read by readers under fifteen-sixteen. It is a story about women used as sexual … not toys, more than that… but basically glorified prostitutes. (I am probably bungling that. Sorry). Anyway, the idea is that there is lots of sexuality in this book.

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MarisaClareH
Sep 01, 2018

I have read this novel five or six times across my maturation from 16 - 30. I have no doubt I will read it again. This is such a rich and expertly written tale of feminine psyche and endurance that I find something new to understand and relate to with every revisit. This is a novel that surpasses mere entertainment but informs and tests your own understanding of yourself and your place in the world. The glimpse into one of the most ancient and secret traditions of Japan is also fascinating. That a man wrote this novel so delicately dealing with female experience is mind boggling - but then perhaps it is a case of the stranger being able to see and observe more from the outside? Read this novel, it is for me an old friend and one of my true favourites.

ArapahoeKati Mar 22, 2018

I have read this book several times and I am always enthralled by it: the writing is lush, the characters are fully realized, the setting of pre-WWII Japan is stunning. If you like historical fiction and character development, I highly recommend this.

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SashaE
Jun 18, 2017

A beautiful book on the culture of Geishas. It was really good!!
It was beautifully written and was REAL not a sappy love story, but actually real.
It was great.

DCPL_Lisa Mar 15, 2017

A true page turner. If you love feeling like you really know a character, you will find Suriya fascinating. The book chronicles her life from a young child in a poor village where she was sold by her father and ends up being bought by a okiya, or a geisha house. The book is masterfully written to where you feel like you're right there with Suriya as she ages and learns the geisha way of life.

kisanet18 Aug 11, 2016

An interesting and historically accurate look at the Japanese culture of geishas.

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MelHart1
Jan 13, 2015

This is one of my all time favourites. Very well written. It gives you an in depth understanding of a once secret world of a geisha.

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ZRC92
Nov 17, 2014

A wonderful and accurate story that brings you into the world of a Japanese Geisha. Absolutely immersive with character that you will never forget! A+++

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Chapel_Hill_KenMc
Nov 11, 2014

Beautiful writing, careful attention to historical detail, a fascinating story with compelling characters. This novel has it all!

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