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Memoirs Of A Geisha

by Arthur Golden

Author: Arthur Golden

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Language: English

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The author of the novel Arthur Golden studied Japanese language and Japanese art for a long time and got carried away with the beauty and strength of Japanese culture. His impressions and knowledge constituted the basis of the famous novel Memoirs Of A Geisha. This is a life account of a woman who was trained to be geisha and who practiced it. Everything in the book is very bright and realistic. When reading geisha's confessions, you feel like you are going through happiness and sorrow with her. You will feel the emotions and feelings of hers and of course, learn more about Japanese culture and traditions.

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ISBN: 0679781587
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...were so perfectlyformed that at once I began to feel even more insignificant than usual. And then suddenly I realizedwho she was.Mameha, the geisha whose kimono Hatsumomo had made me ruin.What had happened to her kimono wasn't really my fault; but still, I would have given up the robe Iwas wearing not to run into her. I lowered my head to keep my face hidden while I showed her andher maid into the reception room. I didn't think she would recognize me, since I felt certain shehadn't seen my face when I'd returned the kimono; and even if she had, two years had passed sincethen. The maid who accompanied her now wasn't the same young woman who'd taken the kimonofrom me that night and whose eyes had filled with tears. Still, I was relieved when the time camefor me to bow and leave them in the reception room.Twenty minutes later, when Mameha and her maid were ready to leave, I fetched their shoes andarranged them on the step in the entryway, still keeping my head down and feeling every bit...

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30 May 2012 13:39:26

Memoirs of a Geisha is a page turning story
Memoirs of a Geisha is a wonderful book, full of beautiful descriptions and a page turning story. Its characters are vivid and the words are clear and elegant. It gives the reader a very new perspective of history and a respect for the dramatic life of Japanese Geishas.

Readers experience the obstacles and triumphs of a highly successful geisha known as Sayuri, from the time she was sold by her parents to a geisha family, to the triumphant auction of her mizuage and her reminiscent old age in Manhattan. The reader can fully understand the politics, rivalries, and traditions of the Japan geisha society.

Life of a geisha is not roses and violets. They cannot have their own will. Half their life goes in being beaten up and trained and another half goes in taking care and training the other one.

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10 Mar 2011 14:13:48

Can you please to give an advice where to download the book without .exe extention? I use MAC and it just can't open the files (((


21 Jan 2011 09:12:57

A perfect story. The images, the setup, everything creates a good romance, an interesting psychological overview of a certain brick in the wall of Japanese culture


13 Jan 2011 03:05:41

love it love it


12 Jan 2011 01:38:18

TRULY EPICALLY amazing! Loved it! :D


05 Jan 2011 16:40:57

First I thought that the movie was great but then I read the book, I got to say that I loved it so much!


03 Jan 2011 21:50:09

One of the bes book I read in my life. A must read, even of you watched the movie.

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