Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a GeishaCe Este O Gheisa Un Obiect Al Dorintei O Opera De Arta In Miscare Un Actor, Un Artizan, Un Entertainer, Dupa Traditia Japoneza Un Tip Uman La Granita Cliseului Cultural, Imposibil De Redat In Categoriile Occidentale Sau Poate Doar O Femeie Care Poseda, In Cea Mai Inalta Masura, Rafinamentul Artelor Lumesti Chiyo, O Fata Dintr Un Sat De Pescari, Este Vanduta Unei Okiya Pentru A Fi Initiata In Artele Gheiselor Ritualurile Seductiei Sunt Nenumarate, Intr O Lume Al Carei Esafodaj Se Sprijina Pe Culorile Unui Chimono, Pe Dezgolirea Unei Cefe Pictate, Pe Licitarea Virginitatii Unei Adolescente Sau Pe Teserea Unei Intrigi De Budoar Sayuri, Pe Numele Ei De Gheisa, Ajunge Sa Stapaneasca Destine, Sa Detina Secrete Si Sa Construiasca Un Imperiu Al Erotismului Ritualic Bestseller International, Numarul In Topurile Din Europa Si America, Vandut In Peste Milioane De Exemplare Si Tradus In Peste De Limbi Ecranizarea Romanului Poarta Semnatura Regizorului Rob Marshall Si A Primit In Un Premiu Globul De Aur, Premii Oscar Si Premii Bafta Memoirs of a Geisha is an American novel, and as such the attempt at West does East, especially on the complex and delicate subject of the geisha, is compelling, interesting, but also heavy handed and ultimately ineffective even so in the case of the film It is a wonderful introduction to geisha, Japanese culture, and the East for the uninitiated Western reader, and I can see why the book is popular, but I found it disappointing For the reader already familiar with the culture, western influences are all too clear and the book comes off as a bit clunky and imperfect I also had some problems with the general perception of the characters by readers versus the way the characters were actually portrayed in the book Memoirs is far from the good willed fairy tale that people assume it is By all means, read it, but leave it open for critique and remember that a authentic representation of eastern culture, especially in the details, will come from the east itself.A lot of my critique stems from the fact that this movie has attained such wide spread fame and been made into a movie, to be sure I feel like it is being perpetuated as something it is not Even the introduction to the book a faux translator s note perpetuate
Like eating fancy dessert at a gourmet restaurant, Memoirs of a Geisha is beautiful, melts lightly off the tongue and will be forgotten shortly after it s done The language is strikingly lovely, and Golden paints a remarkable picture of a time and place If you re looking to learn something deep about the psychology of Japanese culture, or meet nuanced characters, then I d steer you elsewhere The story only skims the top of the complicated aspects of a Japan in decline, focusing mostly on a genteel lifestyle that probably seems appealing from the outside There s a way in which the book, written by a man and a westerner, is slightly fetishistic, but less so than you might imagine.Another reader suggested that perhaps the superficiality of the story is intentional, and that the book, in a way, resembles a geisha Beautiful and eager to please, yet too distant to really learn much from and u
Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper Geisha Mineko Iwasaki basis for Chiyo Sayori.Chiyo, with her sister Satsu, and her mother and father live in a shack by the sea on the coast of Japan The shack leans, and has to be propped up to keep from total collapse Her mother is sick and on the verge of death Her father is a fisherman, uneducated, and generally befuddled by anything that doesn t have to do with his fishing nets When a businessman from the village comes to them with an offer to take their girls to the city it doesn t take much to convince the father that nearly any opportunity is better than staying there in the tilted shack by the sea He was wrong Or was he Without a crystal ball or access to a series of timelines showing the variations created by changing key decisions at critical junctures how can we know Satsu, who is fifteen, is promptly placed with a brothel Not exactly what her father had in mind I m sure he was told she would be trained for domest
So. Memoirs of a Geisha I d been wanting to read that one for a very long time I had heard so many good things about it It s supposed to be awesome, and deep, and beautiful, right Wrong It s not The writing was what bothered me the most It s pretentious and superficial, and sloooooww and it goes on and on and on and on and on and still, very little happens In some sort of weird combination, the writing is both superficial and clich It feels like Golden thought it would be a good idea to emphasize all the Japan and nature clich s to the point of ridiculousness I still can t believe how many times he compares something to the nature Ironically, it doesn t feel natural at all It feels forced and weird and and it s very annoying, as it slows down the pacing which is already very slow and frequently interrupts the narrator s flow of thoughts Examples Yes, yes Because I was so sick and tired of reading for the 40th time how something is LIKE a bird or a snake or whatever, I made a list Enjoy, people This is how Sayuri narrates the story Please notice and enjoy how natural this way of thinking sounds I felt as a dam must feel when it s holding back an entire river I
93 Memoirs of A Geisha, Arthur GoldenMemoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997 The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and aft
This book was wonderful I absolutely love the movie, which I now need to watch In many ways, this was a sad story for me I would really like to read a biography of a geisha and watch a documentary to really look into their world We lead our lives like water
Damn if you aren t one of the most problematic things I ve ever read, Memoirs of a Geisha.Like 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 2000 Golden 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 read Then I got older, went to college and graduate school, and developed a critical, thinking eye.And 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
Well, I finally got around to this one I think I understand its fan base and its subsequent 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 beauty.The 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 th
I became fascinated with Japanese culture when I was a teenage girl and since then I have read many Japanese related books and articles and have watched many movies and animes that depict parts of Japanese culture but the fact remains that I am not Japanese, I have never been to Japan and I am a foreigner, captivated by this exotic and very different culture.As a foreigner, I see many beautiful and unique aspects to Japanese culture but I also know about certain painful historical facts such as treatment of women in certain eras of Japan My point is, I don t want to discuss accuracy of this book regarding Geisha life I am not Japanese and I am not a historian and therefore, I am not qualified to judge So I keep my opinion and impression Geisha to myself.It appears that this story is based on the life of a certain geisha, but the author clearly states that both the story and characters are fictional and I am going to stick with that.I admit that I was disappointed when I realized that this turned out to be fiction, only and only because I had been told otherwise by author himself while reading the preface I mean, what s with the contradiction I couldn t understand the pretense Why pretend this is a real story when it s a beautiful fiction What s wrong with fiction I admit, as I reached the end of the book, I came to realize why the author tried to portray this story as a real life story when writing the introduction but I will write about that later.I liked the wr
I read this a long time ago a favorite Its amazing a male wrote this book sure felt like a female speaking.