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Memoirs of a Geisha

by Arthur Golden

I picked this up to read because the release of the film reminded me that I hadn't got round to reading it. I am not very far through but I am hooked. She is still young and her 'voice' still has a beautiful naivety and calm to it. I am a big fan of books set in China, I find the culture both beautiful and cruel, so far this book seems to show similarities with Japanese culture. The contrast of the fabulous geisha and their clothes with the cruelty and filth of everyday life is compelling.

Suggested by Alison Wood, Hereford

Tagged with: compelling melancholy



Like Alison I first watched the movie before reading Memoirs of a Geisha. This book is excellent, it brings the Japanese culture to life, it is very compelling.
Renee Collier

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