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By A Customer
This review is from: Memoirs Of A Geisha (Paperback)
'Memoirs of a Geisha' is a beautifully mesmerising read. It has been a while since I have found myself so immersed in a novel; so drawn to one single character. 'Memoirs' succeeds where other novels have failed in that the central character's complex life is retold with such simplicity and grace. This novel explores the Geisha tradition, and Japanese history to a point, with such love and admiration, it is hard not to appreciate it. I purchased this book a few years ago from a second hand book shop and until now, it had sat patiently on the shelf. Once I began this book I felt guilty I had not picked it up before. The gentle narrative of Sayuri/Chiyo is such that one almost imagines her sat alongside, softly telling her tale. I felt slightly dissatisfied with the ending, I wanted more, much more. It felt slightly rushed, or I was being selfish...
I cannot highlight one particular element of the story or style which makes this novel such a gorgeous read - perhaps the author's sheer devotion to his novel? I think so. His connection to this book can be felt in every line and results in a novel as delicately fashioned as the elegant Kimono.