It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction - at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful - and completely unforgettable.
©1997 Arthur Golden; Copyright ©1998 by Random House, Inc.
"Astonishing...Breathtaking...You are seduced completely." (Washington Post Book World)
"...a bravura performance, a first novel that provides a vivid view into a largely lost and secret world." (The Los Angeles Times Sunday Book Review)
An incredible glimpse into a different culture and a different time.
While the movie was good, this book was excellent, describing so much more about the culture, the reasons behind some of the ceremony.
I would highly recommend this audiobook
I wasn't sure I wanted to listen to this book and selected it with some hesitation. But I am so glad I did! I was totally drawn into the story and found it stayed with me long after I finished. The glimpse into another culture and another time was fascinating and Sayuri's journey through life was compelling. I want to see the movie but am afraid that it will not be able to compare to my own vision of the okiya, the streets and teahouses of Gion, and the wonderfully wicked Hatsumomo.
I cannot speak highly enough of the reader, Bernadette Dunne. She brought Sayuri to life and was the perfect choice for this book.
If you're on the fence about this one, as I was, get it.
I confess I was very reluctant to delve into the world of the Geisha, I've just never been all that fascinated with that particular culture. I had a long road trip so I took a chance. Wow, what a magnificent story! It is so well researched and the author placed himself into the lead characters pov so well that I simply couldn't believe it wasn't an actual memoir. Maybe on some level it is, every Geisha probably had a very sad story.
Just don't watch the movie after you've experience the whole story. The movie is a dreadful, hollowed out imitation of all the author worked so hard to bring to life.
I was enchanted with this book, which had a very spiritually uplifting effect on me. I found the story of a young girl sold into slavery who wins through in the end despite the repression of women, very inspiring. I recommend this to all kindred spirits, both male and female. I have recently discovered Zen and wonder if the two are linked.
Absolutely the best book I have ever read/listened to. Once it starts you are hooked into it, and will never want to put it down. The movie is nothing whatsoever compared to the book ... anyone who enjoys reading MUST read this.
I cannot recommend enough, the audiobook, Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. From the very first passage, the listener is hooked. The writing is so descriptive that you can almost smell the incense and feel the silk of the kimonos. The listener is transported to a world we might not be able to imagine and appalled at times at the living conditions Sayuri is expected to endure.
The story is funny and sad and touching and the reader imparts subtle yet distiguishable voices for each character which brings them to life.
I listened to the audiobook each day on my lunch break and looked forward to it every time. I truly didn't want the story to end.
This was by far the best book I have ever listened to! The narrator's voice was a perfect match for telling this story. I highly recommend this book!
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