Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden, 4 out of 5 stars
One of my favorite books in high school, when I hardly read any books. This one was very compelling and did a great job of painting a picture in your mind. So good in fact, that I absolutely hated the movie because I liked what the book showed me instead. It is about a girl who is sold (rescued?) from her poor family to be trained as a geisha. Contrary to what many people believe, geisha doesn’t mean prostitute, it’s more of an entertainer or artist. Although I must admit auctioning off the girl’s virginity is part of it, so prostitution isn’t an unfair comparison, but it definitely entails more than that.
The issues arise from the drama and Cinderella-esque elements or her training. I don’t like adding too many details or spoilers, but it’s a good read. Some will criticize the book for being a very western account of an eastern tradition, but for me, I don’t care. I like historical fiction to be entertaining, not particularly accurate. So if you are a pretentious historical fiction purist, then sure you may not like it. For the rest of us who like to be entertained, it does the job well.
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