Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a romantic historical fiction novel originally released in 1997. Set in a period prior to the clash of World War II, it explores the life of the geishas in Gion district of Kyoto, Japan. The book followed the remarkable story of how miserable little Chiyo Sakamoto turned into a renowned geisha Sayuri. How she endured the harsh treatments by her bitter rivals and the demanding training to become a geisha. Most of all how she found her first crush which turned out to be her true love, after being separated for years.
Cover and Details of Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (PDF)
- Title: Memoirs of a Geisha
- Author: Arthur Golden
- Publisher: Vintage
- Date Published: January 10, 1999
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679781587
- ISBN-13: 9780679781585
Summary of the Book
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 by Arthur Golden, 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, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.
Reviews of Memoirs of a Geisha
“Astonishing…breathtaking…You are seduced completely.” —Washington Post Book World
“Captivating, minutely imagined…a novel that refuses to stay shut.” —Newsweek
“A story with the social vibrancy and narrative sweep of a much-loved 19th century bildungsroman…This is a high-wire act…Rarely has a world so closed and foreign been evoked with such natural assurance.” —The New Yorker
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