Completely Unforgettable | Memoirs of a Geisha

Title: Memoirs of a Geisha
By: Arthur Golden
Genre: Historical Fiction
Pages: 512
Release Date: November 1999
Publisher: Vintage

Summary from Goodreads: A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it. 

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.

Review: It took me too long to get around to reading this book, but it was worth the wait. I loved this story from the moment I opened the cover. There wasn't a single chapter that bored me. There was so much story and it all worked. Author's tend to try and pack too much story into a book, but this author knows his stuff. The characters were right on point. Their trials and back stories. The whole plot was so intricate and full of culture. I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction.  

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