Memoirs of a Geisha
by Golden Arthur
Category: Fiction / Literary
428 pages; ISBN: 0-679-78158-7
Rating: 8/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Mia Gray
One of the remarkable things about "Memoirs of a Geisha" is that it is written by a man,
an American man at that. In Golden's debut novel, we follow the life of one woman from youth
in a small fishing village in Japan through her trials of becoming a Geisha in an often unloving
world. She struggles with the complete loss of her family and gradual loss of her innocence.
She sells her carefully crafted entertainment skills and her virginity to the highest bidder;
however she is different from a prostitute in her artfull preparation and sexual loyalty. Geisha
compete for social status, men's affections and sometimes their survival in this eye-opening novel.
The story is recommended to those that enjoy an intriging character driven story with historical reference.