Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old.

In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha's elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara. And Memoirs of a Geisha is a triumphant work—suspenseful, and utterly persuasive. (From the publisher.)

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  • Beverley Z.

    missed this meeting, but what is the next book your group will read. Hope to join you all next month.

    June 26, 2014

    • Mary

      Hello Beverley,

      June 26, 2014

  • Rhonda R.

    I also read this book when it first came out and could not put it down. I am sorry I am not able to join in this month's discussion but hope to see you for The Goldfinch in July. Rhonda

    June 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm sorry I won't be able to attend the discussion. I loved this book when I read it 10+ years ago. I am enjoying it just as much rereading it now.

    June 15, 2014

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