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Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) (1997 original; edició 1999)

de Arthur Golden

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A fisherman's daughter in 1930s Japan rises to become a famous geisha. After training, Sayuri's virginity is sold to the highest bidder, then the school finds her a general for a patron. When he dies, she is reunited with the only man she loved.
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Títol:Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries)
Autors:Arthur Golden
Informació:Vintage (1999), Edition: Vintage contemporaries ed, Paperback
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Memòries d'una geisha de Arthur Golden (1997)

Afegit fa poc percrazybookkat, Catwoman1103, arteaca, biblioteca privada, LadyUnicornOfChonk, ejmw, Solo.Mia, torisimms
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    Geisha: A Life de Mineko Iwasaki (Leishai, sbuehrle)
    Leishai: Arthur Golden schrieb einen Roman über Geishas. Mineko Iwasaki war die Geiko, die er dafür interviewte. Sie stellt in ihrem Buch alles richtig, was er sich zu dramatischen Zwecken zurechtgeschnitten hat.
    sbuehrle: I would recommend reading these books back-to-back. Memoirs of a Geisha is the fictional account of Iwasaki's life, whereas Geisha: A Life is the autobiographical response.
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    Flor de Neu i el ventall secret de Lisa See (goodiegoodie)
  3. 40
    Autobiography of a Geisha de Sayo Masuda (whymaggiemay)
    whymaggiemay: Beautifully written story of a geisha who fares better than Sayo Masuda.
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    Empress Orchid de Anchee Min (krizia_lazaro)
  5. 41
    Geisha de Liza Dalby (SqueakyChu, MartinRohrbach, Leishai)
    Leishai: Ein gutes Buch für Europäer oder Amerikaner zum Verständnis der japanischen Geisha-Kultur.
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    Geisha in Rivalry de Kafu Nagai (normandie_m)
    normandie_m: Set slightly earlier and in Tokyo, but also worth reading for exploring the relationship dynamics between geisha and their patrons, who come from a variety of different backgrounds. Also offers insight into the relationships/friendships between the different geisha.… (més)
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I liked this book because it gave me a look at a culture that I knew close to nothing about. It made me want to learn more about geisha's and the world they live in. ( )
  ArcherKel | Aug 17, 2022 |
Read this after I saw the film, and got a unadorned, Hollywood-free depiction of Foreign culture and tradition. ( )
  cuteseal | Aug 17, 2022 |
In the historical fiction novel Memoirs of a Geisha, the debut of Arthur Golden, the narrator is one of Japan's most celebrated geisha. She's fictional of course, but her confessions about her life, before, during and after World War II, are presented with (almost) seamless authenticity. We can't say the reality depicted it's thoroughly accurate, since the author is not Japanese, but it shows that Golden, an american, has done his research and is well-educated on his subjects.

In the small fishing village of Yoroido, in a shack by the sea on the coast of Japan, Chiyo and her sister Satsu live with their dying mother and ancient father. When a businessman comes to them with an offer to take the girls to the city, it doesn’t take much to convince the father that nearly any opportunity is better than staying there. Her father was told Satsu would be trained for “domestic service”, but she's fifteen and promptly placed in a brothel. Chiyo, who is nine, is deemed young enough to be trained to be a geisha. But almost everything goes wrong.

About the writing, I loved it: it's delightful poetic and absolutely immersive. Some people find it pretentious, but I understood that the author attempted to write as close as possible to the exquisite Japanese storytelling style. Each chapter was its own short story, which makes it easy to read, and Golden managed to make even the most mundane things sound curious or even exciting.

I was also invested in the characters. I noticed some reviewers take issue with Chiyo/Sayori, because most of her time she doesn't assert herself. But she takes the control of her life in the end, so I feel that, until then, she did what she needed to do in order to survive. Despite that, I would really like to read a real biography of a geisha someday. ( )
  inkspellonyou | Aug 10, 2022 |
This is a fictional memoir researched by a US author through talking to real geisha. Through the medium of the fictitious geisha Sayuri, he brings across the lifestyle and customs of this very culturally specific group of people, about whom there are many myths and mis-representations in the western world. There are many colourful characters as Sayuri, separated from her sister, her only surviving family member, grows up in the okiya (geisha house) from the age of 9 (in 1929) moving through her apprenticeship period and facing the bitter jealousies of real and potential rivals. I enjoyed this novel which covers a period of over 20 years through the closure of the geisha communities during the second world war and partial recovery thereafter, though the community shrinks considerably in the second half of the 20th century.

The novel was somewhat controversial when published, as Mineko Iwasaki, the main geisha source from whom the author derived his information, was upset about being acknowledged as such, and sued the author, though the case was settled out of court. There were apparently some differences of opinion and/or interpretation over what she told him about her experiences. I have no independent knowledge of where the truth lies in any such disputes, but this novel reveals a rich, colourful and (to the western eye) alien lifestyle and does not glamorise the difficulties and controversial aspects. A worthwhile read. ( )
  john257hopper | Aug 10, 2022 |
bookclub book 2008??? worth reading ( )
  PatLibrary123 | Aug 9, 2022 |
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Golden fills the book with vivid images and subtle descriptions of the nuances of Japanese culture, and is absolutely brilliant in his description of the customs and rituals of the geisha. Through the meticulous detail the reader can fully understand the politics, rivalries, and traditions of the Japan geisha society.
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Mr. Golden gives us not only a richly sympathetic portrait of a woman, but also a finely observed picture of an anomalous and largely vanished world. He has made an impressive and unusual debut.
 
Haarhuis's foreword and Golden's epilogue, the one appropriating the guise of a novel and the other taking it off, suggest an author who is of two minds when it comes to his work. It is not surprising, then, if his readers share this uncertainty. The decision to write an autobiographically styled novel rather than a nonfiction portrait is most obviously justified in terms of empathy, of allowing greater freedom to explore the geisha's inner life. Unfortunately, Sayuri's personality seems so familiar it is almost generic; she is not so much an individual as a faultless arrangement of feminine virtues.
 

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Golden, Arthurautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Cobb, JodiCover photographautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Cohen, RonaldTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
de Wilde, BarbaraDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stege, GiselaTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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