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929 the tale moves to the glamorous and decadent heart of Kyoto in the 1930s where a young peasant girl is sold as servant and apprentice to a renowned geisha house She tells her story many years later from the Waldorf Astoria in New York; it exuisitely evokes another culture a differe. Damn if you aren't one of the most problematic things I've ever read Memoirs of a GeishaLike much of non Asian America I was swept up in the delight of reading this book in 2000 I was fifteen and precocious and the narrative was arresting I couldn't put the book down I wrote this in 2000Golden has hit pay dirt with this masterpiece An insightful curious and caring look into the mysterious world of geisha Arthur Golden peels away the ignorance and labeling that westerners have covered the secretive Japanese profession Although it sinks at times into a near melodramatic prose the book's protagonist is interesting insightful and enjoyable Her witty anecdotes and thoughtful mannerisms in speaking make Memoirs of a Geisha a delightful and unstoppable readThen I got older went to college and graduate school and developed a critical thinking eyeAnd I'm mad at myself insightful Really God I was naive This novel while entertaining is so problematic I rarely have time to descend into my criticism It continues the Orientalism that Edward Said loathed so very much; rather than skillfully entering the world of a Japanese woman it apes her identity and ultimately deprives her of a voice creating a sort of Orientalist imagination for us to enjoy without ever really seeing her The book is still engaging as a narrative but the sappy ending the frankly sexist portrayals at some points and Sayuri's outright inability to identify outside of her Chairman is rather frightening It serves to objectify fetishism at its worst Yet I can only give you three stars because I'm still partly under your spell Golden Damn Training for the New Alpinism: A Manual for the Climber as Athlete up in the delight of reading this book in 2000 I was fifteen and precocious and the narrative was arresting I couldn't put the book down I wrote this in 2000Golden has hit pay dirt with this masterpiece An insightful curious and caring look into the mysterious world of geisha Arthur Golden peels away the ignorance and labeling that westerners have covered the secretive Japanese profession Although it sinks at times into a near melodramatic prose the book's protagonist is interesting insightful and enjoyable Her witty anecdotes and thoughtful mannerisms in speaking make Memoirs of a Geisha a delightful and Greek Mythology unstoppable readThen I got older went to college and graduate school and developed a critical thinking eyeAnd I'm mad at myself insightful Really God I was naive This novel while entertaining is so problematic I rarely have time to descend into my criticism It continues the Orientalism that Edward Said loathed so very much; rather than skillfully entering the world of a Japanese woman it apes her identity and Warrior Women ultimately deprives her of a voice creating a sort of Orientalist imagination for Michael Collins: Forgotten Astronaut us to enjoy without ever really seeing her The book is still engaging as a narrative but the sappy ending the frankly sexist portrayals at some points and Sayuri's outright inability to identify outside of her Chairman is rather frightening It serves to objectify fetishism at its worst Yet I can only give you three stars because I'm still partly Loretta Rose under your spell Golden Damn

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Nt time and the details of an extraordinary way of life It conjures up the perfection and the ugliness of life behind rice paper screens where young girls learn the arts of geisha dancing and singing how to wind the kimono how to walk and pour tea and how to beguile the most powerful m. Well I finally got around to this one I think I understand its fan base and its subseuent literary worth; it was the Gone Girl of the 90's Only in popularity This time the fairy tale with Girl it seems as if we're comfortable with the cautionary tale in the 10's has a Cinderella and many suitors after her It is absolutely immersive a page turner that has as many colors as a used up coloring book I see the geisha in that light like La Marilyn the geisha are symbol of tragedy and misplaced youth and beautyThe plot is orchestrated in that well intentioned Great Novel tradition A Great Expectations meets Great Gatsby novelty item that's as pure as winter's snow that shimmers attracts the senses like a ruby from some volcano deep in the Pacific Metaphors and similes are very effectively used here their dual purpose is clear it tells the life story in a very non nebulous manner in clear concise not to be misconstrued mode; and the words seem authentic enough to evoke an actual geisha it is her telling you her memoirs sitting there with you drinking teaAlso Hastumomo in the role of ugly stepsister is an adversary from hell Grrrreat character Too bad she leaves the narrative at too crucial a juncture the anticlimax meaning then the immediate displacement of anything that did not fit into the societal standards from the board Lame She is a worthy nemesis to our heroine as voracious for fresh meat as a Great White The feud between them two is the centerpiece of this Fanny Hill like tale this enormously feminist text For in Gion Japan the geisha are treated like a lot of women have been like objects pawns or even disembodied ideas Greek Mythology up the perfection and the Warrior Women ugliness of life behind rice paper screens where young girls learn the arts of geisha dancing and singing how to wind the kimono how to walk and pour tea and how to beguile the most powerful m. Well I finally got around to this one I think I Michael Collins: Forgotten Astronaut understand its fan base and its subseuent literary worth; it was the Gone Girl of the 90's Only in popularity This time the fairy tale with Girl it seems as if we're comfortable with the cautionary tale in the 10's has a Cinderella and many suitors after her It is absolutely immersive a page turner that has as many colors as a Loretta Rose used A Season of Ten Thousand Noses up coloring book I see the geisha in that light like La Marilyn the geisha are symbol of tragedy and misplaced youth and beautyThe plot is orchestrated in that well intentioned Great Novel tradition A Great Expectations meets Great Gatsby novelty item that's as pure as winter's snow that shimmers attracts the senses like a ruby from some volcano deep in the Pacific Metaphors and similes are very effectively Silent Thunder used here their dual purpose is clear it tells the life story in a very non nebulous manner in clear concise not to be misconstrued mode; and the words seem authentic enough to evoke an actual geisha it is her telling you her memoirs sitting there with you drinking teaAlso Hastumomo in the role of Si Dindo Pundido ugly stepsister is an adversary from hell Grrrreat character Too bad she leaves the narrative at too crucial a juncture the anticlimax meaning then the immediate displacement of anything that did not fit into the societal standards from the board Lame She is a worthy nemesis to our heroine as voracious for fresh meat as a Great White The feud between them two is the centerpiece of this Fanny Hill like tale this enormously feminist text For in Gion Japan the geisha are treated like a lot of women have been like objects pawns or even disembodied ideas

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