Sunday Review: Memoirs of a Geisha

Since I have graduated from college I have had the opportunity to actually spend time doing things I enjoy. Three specifically? Cook, read, wine. Sometimes beer since it's nearly summertime. So I decided that I will start doing a review of something or other every Sunday. No guarantee that it will be a book but that's pretty likely. 

My first review is going to be on the novel Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden. 

The book came out quite awhile ago but this is my first time reading it and I am glad I did! Totally loved it! It was awesome! Everything about it was simple but purposeful and I really felt connected to the culture just by the way that the novel was written. I also feel as though the author did a good job making sure to give some cultural explanation to certain elements without making it into a text book. 

The story is about one girl's journey from a poor orphan (her dad dies soon after her joining the geisha community) to one of the most powerful geisha around. It was quite powerful and heart wrenching at times. 

At the beginning of the book the narrator tells the readers, "I wasn't born and raised to be a Kyoto geisha. I wasn't even born in Kyoto. I'm a fisherman's daughter from a  little town called Yoroido on the Sea of Japan" (Golden 7). The author's simple sentences are easy to follow and reflect the time and era that the story is based during. I thought it was a beautiful book and I highly recommend you read it before watching the film!

Does anyone have any other books they recommend? Leave it in the comments or tell me on Facebook. I am a freaky fast reader so I am up to suggestions!

So far on my list I have:
  • Paradise of the Blind
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Inkheart
  • The Book Thief
  • Marley and Me
  • My Sister's Keeper
  • My Antonia
I think that's a pretty decent list so far but I love reading (English teacher up in here) plus it's something I learned from my Momma.


  1. I, too, enjoyed Memoirs... I read it after watching the movie about 20 times. I loved the in depth explanations of the culture, and the behind the scene looks at the secret world they had. I am always looking for books to read. As an avid, and fast, reader, it is sometimes difficult to find ones that can draw you in. Have you read the Clan of the Cave bear series? The first one is the best, but the rest work, in a pinch :) I LOVED the Harry Potter series. But as I recall, you have read those already. Patricia Cornwell writes a series, about a forensic pathologist, Kay Scarpetta, that I love. Very real, very able to suck me in. I guess it depends on what types of books you like to read.. Stand alone books, or ones that flow into another... If you red anything else good... let us know!

  2. Memoirs of a Geisha is one of my favorites! My dad bought it for me for Christmas one year and I loved it! Have you read The Kite Runner? I loved it, but I cried like a baby and couldn't even talk about it without crying for like 3 days. If you want some fun, easy reading I love the Confessions of a Shopaholic series! Or Something Borrowed/Something Blue. I just finised reading The Help and that was really good too.


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