Memoirs of a Geisha

Hello everyone out there in the blogosphere! This is my first ever blog post and I’m so excited!

I’m starting to read “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden, published in 1997 and released on screen in 2005.

Barnes & Noble gives this overview of the novel:

“In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.

We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child’s unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha’s elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O’Hara. And Memoirs of a Geisha is a triumphant work – suspenseful, and utterly persuasive.”

So, I’ll be honest with you, I’ve seen the movie already and I loved it. I bought the book as soon as I saw it about four or five years ago but, unfortunately, it has been sitting on my shelf ever since. Every time I’ve moved, I’ve brought this novel with me. I always think, “I’ll definitely read this soon,” but somehow I’ve never gotten around to it.

I think I was drawn to Memoirs of a Geisha, the book and the movie, because I enjoy learning about different cultures and the story is kind of taboo since it’s about a geisha, which is basically a prostitute.

The movie did a pretty good job of showing you what went on inside Sayuri’s mind since it was narrated by her grown up self. I hope that the book takes me further into her mind as well as some of the other characters. I’d love to read more about Hautsumomo because I was so intrigued by her character in the movie.

All of that being said, I’m very excited to get started on this blog. I haven’t been able to read for pleasure much since I’ve been in college so I love that this is giving me an excuse to read for fun!

In my next post, I’ll be talking about the novel so far and I want your feedback. What do you want to know about Memoirs of a Geisha? Have you read it before or seen the movie? Let me know! Hopefully I can comment on some of the questions or comments you give me!

Bye for now,

Jenna