Wednesday, November 08, 2006

 

#54: Memoirs of a Geisha


I have had the book Memoirs of a Geisha sitting on my bookshelf for about 4 years and something caused me to finally pick it up and read it. I am really glad that I finally did. The novel is a story of a girl who was sold at a young age to a family that would train her to become a Japanese geisha. If you are unsure what a geisha is, I learned through reading this book that she is an entertainer. She is trained for years in conversation, social graces, music, and dance and invited on a daily basis to entertain at multiple parties and social gatherings the gentlemen who are in attendance. Many people confuse geisha with prostitutes but they are not the same thing, although some of the morals could be questioned due to the fact that most of the men have wives but seem to spend all of their time with their favorite geisha. But, that has nothing to do with the book. It was an acceptable cultural activity in Japan prior to and shortly after WWII, which is the time period this book was set in. Although this story was fiction the depiction of this upper class society and culture in Japan was very accurate. The author, Arthur Golden, is very credible in his knowledge of the Japanese culture. His writing is also amazing. It was very easy to become captivated while reading and a beautifully written novel.

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anne, i'm not sure if we'll make it to 100. i'm just about to post about two more books. i'm glad you read this. i did a few years ago and loved it. see you next week.
 
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