Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I did not like this book at all. I gave it three stars only because of how well-written it was--there were a lot of good quotes that came out of it. But I didn't like the sick feeling I had almost the whole time I was reading it. I was always told that geishas were not prostitutes, which was why I picked up the book in the first place, but I see very few distinctions between the two groups. I only kept on reading because I wanted to find out why she ended up leaving Japan, if she ever saw her sister again, how she got through the war, etc. I do think that once she realized what the life was that lay ahead of her and she made her choice, she did the best she could with what she had. I was very sorry for the situation she found herself in. I know it's a book I will never read again. I'm curious to see the film adaptation, but at the same time, knowing the content, I'm not sure I want to see it.
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