Thursday, March 8, 2012

Review: Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden

Publisher: Vintage Books
Pages: 503
Received: Own copy

Release Date: September 23, 1997
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.

My Review:

I have had this book in my TBR pile for quite awhile, so thanks to the TBR Reading Challenge I was finally able to get to it. This is a large book but I found it quite interesting (for the longest time I actually believed that this was a person's real memoir, ha!) I found that Arthur Golden really makes you feel for the characters throughout the story.

What I really enjoyed throughout this novel was how Arthur describes everything that happens. Arthur brought everything to life for readers, it was very easy to imagine everything that was happening. I felt that I could smell the things that Sayuri was smelling and see the images that she saw. I felt that I was truly in the story. 

The story is very long because we watch as Sayuri grows up and goes through all the motions of becoming a geisha. I really enjoy reading as she overcomes all the trials of getting along with others in the house. Arthur Golden uses a lot of descriptions throughout the story, which usually I don't like in stories (but interestingly, it works for this story, it does not seem to take away from what is happening).

This book was definitely not a light read, it goes into a lot of heavy topics. Arthur also describes some scenes in a way that gave me shivers, and I found myself a tad disturbed by some of the things that happens to the child. I believe though that Arthur did his research and wrote Sayuri's story very well. I am happy to have finally gotten around to this book. 


  1. I loved this book. I loved everything about it! I enjoyed the movie adaptation, too, although it wasn't nearly as wonderful as the book. You're totally right about, Golden's vivid descriptions and excellent storytelling really brought all the characters and places to life! I wish there were more books like this one - have you read Lisa See's The Snowflower and The Secret Fan? It's gorgeous and heart-breaking!

    Loved your review, darling! <3

  2. I remember enjoying this one myself, and it provided a lot of history and information. It was also great to see the movie afterward. It brought all the images to life in my head.

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