I really enjoyed this book! It provided a view into a part of Japanese culture which seems very odd to us in the west but was fascinating. It really made me think about how men and women relate to each other.
I liked the narrator very much. Her style was a bit formal, but this fit perfectly with the Japanese setting.
I must say that I never would have "read" this book if it hadn't been recommended to me by a friend. This is not a "dirty book"; it has less sex than most and nothing explicit at all. I had no idea how different a Geisha was from a prostitute. I've recommended the book to my 14-year-old daughter who is interested in Japan.
I have enjoyed this book so much, as have all of my friends who have read or listened to this. The book is excellently written, and the narrator does a fantastic job! My only disappointment is that the author hasn't written more.
This novel made me sit down and totally surround myself with the story, characters and events. Normally I only listen to a novel when I commute, but I just couldn't take the chance of misplacing one tiny morsel of this book. I brought my player inside and locked myself in my office, just so I could stretch out on the futon and finish it. Stunning, stimulating, sad, and triumphant. As soon as I finished my CD's, I sent them to my mother. She finished in three days and sent them to a friend. Nobody knows where they are today, but we think they have visited at least 22 people, all who had to lock themselves away to listen. Absolutely incredible and well worth every minute!
This was fabulous. It was beautiful, and kept getting better. It took me to a different place and time. It is thought provoking...I didn't want it to end! Highly recommended.
As smooth and beautiful as a silk kimono, flowing like the waters of a fall as they lay down the length of the gown.
Confusis say: One who listens is one who likes.
I love books that educate as well as tell a story. Toward the middle I would have stopped, except for the educational part.
To me this book is worth a listen, as you might learn things about the
Geisha life that you never knew.
It gave a good lesson in how to communicate with extreme gentleness, whatever you might be trying to say, and how to manipulate situations when you cannot be direct.
I was excited about this book throughout the first couple of CDs. The history it portrays is amazing, showing vividly the life of a Japanese Geisha during the first half of this decade.
However, it is a play-by-play of this Geisha's life from early childhood to her last days as an elderly woman. After a while I got distracted and stopped listening for days. I picked it back up and it started moving quicker. However, one of my biggest problems with the book is that every other sentence includes an analogy. 'The water trickled down like... His beard seemed as a... The speckle of dust on the table looked to be..." I was really aggravated with this by the end of the book. I was looking for a clean simple ending and everything seemed to be an analogy. I guess I must be to practical for this type of writing.
The narrator is OK not great.
Again, I do recommend it for those that want to learn about Japanese culture and geishas in general (yes, the ones in the book are prostitutes) and have patience for convuluted writing that puts imagery before brevity.
Yes I would, the story was brilliant and it was very well told. Over the days of listening to it I had a sort of want to be elligant just like saiori. This book really captivated me.
Learning about the ways of traditional Geisha was very memorable and so was the rest of the story, I won't post any spoilers though.
No I haven't, but she is a very skilled voice actor when she is repeating parts that others have said; men, old woman and little children, she has this remarkable way of changing her voice so that it sounds as you would imagine those characters to sound and if doesn't sound as if she is putting on a voice.
A moment in the book brought tears to my eyes from happiness, and there were several parts that made me laugh.
I have never seen the memoirs of a geisha movie, but even if it is only 10% as good as the book is, I know it will be an amazing movie. This book is truly fantastic, it is one of those wonderful books that stays with you long after you have stopped reading (or listening in this case) even now that it's over I know I'll still be thinking about it often for days to come.