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A literary sensation and runaway bestseller this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geishaIn Memoirs of a Geisha we enter a world where appearances are paramount where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men and where love is scorned as illusion It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction at once romantic erotic suspenseful and completely unforgettable


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    Memoirs of a Geisha is an American novel and as such the attempt at West does East especially on the complex and delicate subject of the geisha is compelling interesting but also heavy handed and ultimately ineffective even so in the case of the film It is a wonderful introduction to geisha Japanese culture and the East for the uninitiated Western reader and I can see why the book is popular but I found it disappointing For the reader already familiar with the culture western influences are all too clear and the book comes off as a bit clunky and imperfect I also had some problems with the general perception of the characters by readers versus the way the characters were actually portrayed in the book Memoirs is far from the good willed fairy tale that people assume it is By all means read it but leave it open for critique and remember that a authentic representation of eastern culture especially in the details will come from the east itselfA lot of my critique stems from the fact that this movie has attained such wide spread fame and been made into a movie to be sure I feel like it is being perpetuated as something it is not Even the introduction to the book a faux translator's note perpetuates the myth that Memoirs is an accurate beautiful in depth reflection of the life of a geisha when in truth it is no that historical fiction and is written by an outsider Golden has done his research and is well educated on his subjects and I have no problem with people reading from taking interest in and even learning from this book I do however think it is important that readers don't conflate the American novel with Japanese reality They aren't the same thing no matter how much research Golden did and if we take the book as an accurate representation we're actually underestimating and undervaluing geisha Japan and Japanese cultureBecause Golden attempts to write from within the geisha culture as a Japanese woman he must do than report the facts of that life he must also pretend to be a part of it Pretend he does acting out a role as if he has studied inflection script and motivation He certainly knows what makes writing Japanese but his attempt to mimic it is not entirely successful The emphasis on elements the independent sentences the visual details are too prevalent and too obvious as if Golden is trying to call our attention to them and thus to the Japanese style of the text He does manage to draw attention but to me at least what I came away with was the sense that Golden was an American trying really hard to sound Japanese that is the effect betrayed the attempt and the obvious attempt ruined the sincerity of the novel for me I felt like I was being smacked over the head with beauty wood water kimono haiku and I felt insulted and disappointedThe problems that I saw in the text were certainly secondary to the purpose of the text to entertain to introduce Western readers to Japanese culture and to sell books and eventually a film They may not be obvious to all readers and they aren't so sever that the book isn't worth reading I just think readers need to keep in mind that what Golden writes is fiction Historical fiction yes but still fiction therefore we should look for a true representation of Japanese culture within Japanese culture itself and take Memoirs with a grain of saltI also had problems with the rushed end of the book the belief that Sayuri is a honest good modest generous person when she really acts for herself and at harm to others throughout much of the book the perpetuation of Hatsumomo as unjustified and cruel when she has all the reason in the world and in general the public belief that Memoirs is some sort of fairy tale when in fact it is heavy handed biased and takes a biased or unrelatistic view toward situations characters and love However all of those complains are secondary in my view to the major complain above and should be come obvious to the readerMemoirs goes quickly is compelling and makes a good read and I don't want to sound too unreasonably harsh on it However I believe the book has a lot of faults that aren't widely acknowledged and I think we as readers need to keep them in mind This is an imperfect Western book and while it may be a fun or good book it is not Japanese authentic or entirely well done