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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 12 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Memoirs Of A Geisha (Paperback)
This book is probably one of the best I've ever read. It allows an insight into a culture that isn't really understood in Western society, and shows what life is actually like for a geisha of Gion. It opens your eyes to another, completely different world and does it in a way that makes you think about it from an objective point of view, rather than comparing it to our lives and culture.
Reading Memoirs of a Geisha is entertaining, funny and thought-provoking, often sad but always heart warming - despite some of the customs/events that would be shocking in the UK, you're never tempted to judge Sayuri (the main character, the geisha) for her actions. Instead you live through it with her and understand what and why she did.
This book is inspirational in that Sayuri goes through so much just to survive, and yet the way the book is written lets us see that it's not unusual for a geisha to go through even more than she did.
I would recommend Memoirs of a Geisha even to people who usually like a lighter read, because even though it's sometimes sad and makes you think a lot, it's also funny and you really feel for Sayuri. A brilliant and utterly engaging read.
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Initial post: 29 Dec 2012 21:21:47 GMT
I was going to write a review but the first two sentences of yours sums up everything I had to say about it so no need. Good review!

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Apr 2014 21:00:24 BDT
Gary Selikow says:
Shocking in the UK ? Maybe not? What with the Islamic child grooming gangs that force British children into sexual slavery (thousands of British children are being subjected to this every day) ? Is that any better?
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