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The Front Book Club: Memoirs of a Geisha

MemoirsOfAGeisha“Enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girls virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion.” This is the description of junior Erika Lovasbook recommendation, Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden.

She is an entertainer or a high end prostitute, but it is about a lot more than that,Lovas said.

Junior Erika Lovas suggests reading Memoirs of a Geisha.//Photo by Haylee McGee
Junior Erika Lovas suggests reading Memoirs of a Geisha.//Photo by Haylee Magee

The novel is narrated through the voice of a young geisha named Sayuri, it’s written incredibly well and although the author is a guy, I found myself thinking it was really her story, Lovas said.

Memoirs of a Geisha was Goldens debut novel, published in 1997. Almost 10 years later the novel was adapted into a film.

The novel has faced some criticism; according to book blogger, Renae, of Respiring Thoughts, the novel is a westernized portrayal of Japanese culture. Memoirs is considered a piece of historical fiction.

According to Amazon, Golden trained much like a geisha, to master the arts of music, dance, clever conversation and much more. He also holds a degree in Japanese art and history from Harvard and Columbia. The novel is said to be based off the life of a man Golden met in Tokyo, whose parents were a successful businessman and a geisha.

Lovas said, The book really takes you to the time and place and gives you an inside look on what it is like to be a geisha.





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