Bite-Sized Book Review: ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’

Arthur Golden’s famous novel, “Memoirs of a Geisha” is a beautifully written book about the secret life of Japan’s geisha. It’s not terrible hard to read, which may be a relief to many of us college students. The book is similar to a textbook only with a plot. But don’t let the word “textbook” deter from this brilliant piece of culture! “Memoirs of a Geisha” is about a young girl from a fishing village who becomes the most well-known geisha in Kyoto, Japan. While I have never been to Japan, or any part of Asia for that matter, I found reading this book showed me the beautiful country, clearly detailing the surroundings and the people living inside Kyoto. The one downside to the novel is the amount of explaining necessary for the reader to understand what’s going on, since the story takes place in a foreign country. While it’s difficult to explain things without making it sound too much like exposition, I believe that Golden does a pretty good job keeping the reader interested enough to continue on with the story. Overall, I found this book to be a worthwhile read.

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