Sunday, November 30, 2008

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

This is another one of those books that I have found that makes people read it regardless of whether they usually like to read or not.

I have a lot of friends who are into manga and anime and all of that sort of stuff. The only books they read are the ones you have to read backwards. Many of my friends have read this book though, and you read it from front to back.

They beat me to this glorious book. You know it is a good book if people who never read will read it!

Memoirs of a Geisha is in fact a memoir, but I didn't know that until halfway through the book. Arthur Golden just created the memoir for Sayuri.

This novel has many interesting characters and circumstances throughout Sayuri's life. I didn't know what a geisha was before I started this book! Memoirs of a Geisha not only taught me what a geisha is, but was full of creative imagery and kept me turning the page.

Usually I am able to predict what happens next in a book correctly but with Memoirs of a Geisha, I guessed incorrectly each time!

memoirs of a Geisha will be near the top of my favorite books list. I can't really explain why. I enjoy reading about subjects and place unknown to me, but this was totally uncharted territory. Usually I know the basics to the topic, but with this I knew nothing. I am guessing why I found this book so enjoyable.

There is a movie, but I stay away from movies made from books. (Except Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. That's a different story.) I have such vivid pictures of the characters and places in my mind unlike any other book I've read. I wold be terrible disappointed to see the movie.

But, the book gets the grade of an A.


Amy said...

You are smart to stay away from the movie! I loved this book.