Eagle's Book Reviews (33): Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

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A review filled with SPOILERS of Arthur Golden’s modern classic ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’ (1997)

Apologies for the very long video. Completely lost track of time with this one.
Yes a new camera! But I’ve been struggling to convert it properly from .m2ts for days! Because of that the quality isn’t as good as it should be. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Arthur Golden: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Golden
Memoirs of a Geisha: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memoirs_of_a_Geisha


Jiszelle New says:

Great review.

Miss D says:

Hello guys!:) I love this book. I actually write my thesis about this novel. Can you give me some ideas for chapters?
Haha! Thanks.

Jo A says:

The mizuage was made up. The way Arthur portrayed geisha was different from the way they were in real life. Mineko Iwasaki didn't like this book and wrote her own book (Geisha, A life) in response which was an actual retelling of her life. By the way she writes about her life, she had much more freedom than you would think. Whilst I absolutely love Memoirs of a Geisha – his writing is exquisite – I certainly don't believe all these things to be real. I think he enhanced many aspects to make it a good story really. 

Also just because I man is nice doesn't mean a girl has to accept him as a lover! She was in love with the chairman!

Also also, this was a very difficult and desperate time to live in. So it explains Mothers obsession with making money, Hastumomo's obsession with ruining Sayuri etc. I did feel like Sayuri expected everything from everyone else… but she was only looking out for number one. This sort of attitude is pretty standard in Asian countries. So yeah! 

Sorry for the long comment I love this book and have read it 3 times but I never looked into other peoples thoughts of it!

BOOKparty! says:

Great review from you two!
I love Memoirs of a Geisha. I'm typically not a big fan of the culture like a lot of other people, but that book just hooked me somehow.
I also read the autobiography of the geisha, the book was based upon. It's not as interesting, but actually a lot is very similar.

I never thought about Sayuri as being so awful… haha. She didn't annoy me as much. 
I also really liked the movie & the soundtrack.

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