Friday, April 27, 2012

Memoirs of a Giesha


Another hostel find.  Another quick read. 

It's an interesting (though fictional) glimpse into the life of a geisha working in Kyoto, Japan before and after World War II.  I'm sure it's full of stereotypes but I honestly don't know enough about Japanese culture to sort between the truths and the fallacies.  The main character does a beautiful job of narrating her life, but after awhile I wanted to smack her.  Her identity is wholly dependent on the love of a certain character.  The sappy ending was also a bit much.  When I think of it as "memoir" it bothers me.  When I think of it as fairytale, then it's much easier to like.

♥, Molly

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