Though I had read this book a long time back, memories of Memoirs of a Geisha still lingers my heart !! Before I started the book, the term Geisha was alien to me but now a Geisha seems to be someone whom I had known for long.Such is the power of Arthur Golden's writing,not to forget the fact that this is his first novel.
"Geisha are traditional, female Japanese entertainers, whose skills include performing various Japanese arts, such as music, singing and dancing. They also engage their clients with light conversation."
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The book is nothing but the biography of a geisha named Sayuri.To make a biography this interesting sure needs a special talent.From Sayuri's life with her parents to her being sold in Gion and then her obstacles to become one of the most renowned geisha all in well packed book.Amidst this a sweet little love story finds its place too.The district of gion and its streets, the traditions of geisha, the tea houses all emerge as a perfect picture in your mind,such a description!! Apart from the mesmerizing Sayuri character , the characters Mameha, Nobu , Hatsumomo,Pumpkin all leave an impact!!
Wondering who these people are just grab a copy of Memoirs of a Geisha.
Although the character Sayuri is fictional the author had interviewed a retired geisha to get inputs. Later the geisha sued him for breach of contract.The book was also made as movie in 2006 and won many awards and accolades.