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Arthur Golden (1) (1957–)

Author of Memoirs of a Geisha

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Memoirs of a Geisha [2005 film] (2006) — Original book — 515 copies

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An excellent, compelling read.
 
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LyndaWolters1 | 562 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
The most fascinating thing about this book was easily the level of historical detail it incorporated. The story and characters didn't always captivate me, but somehow I had trouble putting it down and not reading one more paragraph (which without fail became two more chapters). The language and metaphors were beautiful and only added to the presence of the time and place.

The ending took me by surprise; I could hardly finish the last couple chapters because I just knew it was going to end horribly. I still haven't decided whether it fit or not. The stream-reaching-ocean metaphor is somehow not very Western, where I think we don't (reflexively, at least) believe in fate.… (more)
 
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caedocyon | 562 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |
This is a book to be revisited in the future. There is more depth here than can be taken in with just one reading. A fictional memoir of a girl growing into womanhood like Jane Eyre, but in an eastern culture and different time period.

The only drawback I had, was at times I think the language reflected a more modern American instead of an historically accurate portrayal of a geisha during the 1930s of Japan.

I understand why this book is on the top 100 for Great American Read.
 
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wvlibrarydude | 562 other reviews | Jan 14, 2024 |
A great story and a great insight into changes world. Really well written.
 
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