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In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.

We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha's elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara. And Memoirs of a Geisha is a triumphant work - suspenseful, and utterly persuasive.

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Review:

"Arthur Golden's 1997 tale appealed to director Marshall (Chicago) for the same reasons it attracted millions of readers: because it 'not only peers into the fascinating and forbidden world of a geisha's life in 1930s Japan, but also tells the emotional tale of one particular girl's journey.' This accompanying volume to the forthcoming film based on the book will certainly enchant fans. In his introduction, Golden recalls how 'curious' it was for him to walk around a full-scale geisha district of the 1930s built on a field in California and know that such a detailed set grew out of his grueling experience writing the novel. A history of the geisha comes next, and then a portfolio of images from the film, some quite striking (such as the one of geisha practicing movements with fans, hair down, relaxed in their dressing robes and lit from behind). The book's final portion is devoted to the making of the film, with archival images of geisha, a concept illustration of a cherry-blossom-viewing party and notes on how, for example, the structural surfaces of the buildings on the set were sandblasted to add texture and age." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Wonderful, involving, intelligent, fascinating, and almost Dickensian in the way the characters inhabit the landscape, and the landscape permeates the characters. It's a unique, beautifully written book." Ann Beattie

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"A fascinating, poignant and entirely believable tale, as delicate, intricate and beautiful as the silk kimonos so central to the story....This is a luxurious book, every page fat with evocative, beautiful words....If life is a simple stream, Memoirs of a Geisha is a shimmering pebble that makes the water dance." The Toronto Sun

Review:

"A truly engrossing story. The reader suffers, triumphs, dreams and doubts with the heroine, all the way through....Beautifully written." Sunday Express

Synopsis:

Golden's internationally bestselling literary tour de force is now the subject of Columbia Picture/DreamWorks's film adaptation, starring Ziyi Zhang ("House of Flying Daggers") and directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), set for nationwide release on December 9.

About the Author

Arthur Golden was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was educated at Harvard College, where he received a degree in art history, specializing in Japanese art. In 1980 he earned an M.A. in Japanese history from Columbia University, where he also learned Mandarin Chinese. Following a summer at Beijing University, he worked in Tokyo, and, after returning to the United States, earned an M.A. in English from Boston University. He resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.

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emmejo, January 17, 2012 (view all comments by emmejo)
Young blue-eyed Chiyo lived with her elderly fisherman father, simple-minded sister and ailing mother in their "tipsy house" in rural Japan, but her life changes utterly when she is taken and sold to be trained as a Geisha. In the okiya, she must learn an entirely different way of life. If she wants to earn her freedom, she must become one of the best geisha in Kyoto. This means abandoning her old identity and learning to become whatever is wanted of her through whatever means necessary. But her path isn't going to be easy, mainly because of gorgeous, jealous Hatsumomo, the only fully-fledged geisha in the okiya. Hatsumomo isn't going to allow a rival under her roof, and as time passes, she beats Chiyo down or ruins her reputation with all of her cunning skill. Can a country girl learn to outthink the kind of worldly, trained women who hinder her attempts to learn? and will she find any allies to help her in this seemingly impossible task?

Despite how popular this book has been, I didn't really care for it. I found the writing self-concious to the degree that it became a distraction. I understand that the author was trying to create an elaborate, exotic, old-fashioned sounding voice for his character, but it was overdone. If it had been toned down a little and some of the melodramatic language cut out, it would have been much improved.

I couldn't buy the sudden romance at the end either. I felt no chemistry between the characters throughout the book, and the sudden turn-about of affections felt forced. There was no real reason for the characters to be attracted to each other aside from some degree of physical attraction. I understood Chiyo's feelings as a little girl and how that could have become a girlhood crush, and probably she would have looked back on the object of it with tenderness later in life, but trying to make something substantial out of it was too much of a stretch.

Golden has a sharp eye for character studies and the ability to write at length about simple lessons without boring the reader, but his plotting and the story's focus often wander, which leads to some problems.
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sarahjd766, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by sarahjd766)
Memoirs of a Geisha was a great book! I love reading about anything Japanese and the story was interesting.
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rhymoon, November 7, 2009 (view all comments by rhymoon)
I LOVE THIS BOOK>>>>
This is my favorite book of all time, and have read it more than once. And seen the film a dozen times, but the book is a thousand times better.
As an American I had a preconceived idea of what Geisha's were, but the book carries you to a time in Japan that had not been seen by Americans, a time that was both beautiful and ugly, sweet and bitter and it will make you cry, maybe a lot, like me. I have found this book opened a inner sensitivity to other cultures, cultures lost. I'm a better person having for read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400096893
Author:
Golden, Arthur
Publisher:
Vintage
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Women -- Japan.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20051122
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
512
Dimensions:
6.91 x 4 x 1.11 in .525 lb

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Product details 512 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400096893 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Arthur Golden's 1997 tale appealed to director Marshall (Chicago) for the same reasons it attracted millions of readers: because it 'not only peers into the fascinating and forbidden world of a geisha's life in 1930s Japan, but also tells the emotional tale of one particular girl's journey.' This accompanying volume to the forthcoming film based on the book will certainly enchant fans. In his introduction, Golden recalls how 'curious' it was for him to walk around a full-scale geisha district of the 1930s built on a field in California and know that such a detailed set grew out of his grueling experience writing the novel. A history of the geisha comes next, and then a portfolio of images from the film, some quite striking (such as the one of geisha practicing movements with fans, hair down, relaxed in their dressing robes and lit from behind). The book's final portion is devoted to the making of the film, with archival images of geisha, a concept illustration of a cherry-blossom-viewing party and notes on how, for example, the structural surfaces of the buildings on the set were sandblasted to add texture and age." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Wonderful, involving, intelligent, fascinating, and almost Dickensian in the way the characters inhabit the landscape, and the landscape permeates the characters. It's a unique, beautifully written book."
"Review" by , "A fascinating, poignant and entirely believable tale, as delicate, intricate and beautiful as the silk kimonos so central to the story....This is a luxurious book, every page fat with evocative, beautiful words....If life is a simple stream, Memoirs of a Geisha is a shimmering pebble that makes the water dance."
"Review" by , "A truly engrossing story. The reader suffers, triumphs, dreams and doubts with the heroine, all the way through....Beautifully written."
"Synopsis" by , Golden's internationally bestselling literary tour de force is now the subject of Columbia Picture/DreamWorks's film adaptation, starring Ziyi Zhang ("House of Flying Daggers") and directed by Rob Marshall ("Chicago"), set for nationwide release on December 9.
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