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Mariyah23
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Memoirs of a geisha

Has any body in this group read Memoirs of a geisha? Please let me know what your views are about this story.
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Re: Memoirs of a geisha

Hi Mariyah,

 

I unfortunately haven't read this, but I was interesting in your post and would like to see if anyone does reply that they have read it. I wanted to read the book when the movie came out but didn't have time (I know books are always better than their movie counterparts). I ended up breaking down and watching the movie though and it was surprisingly really good. The movie won numerous awards that included a Grammy and Golden Globe. I'm still interested in reading the book though.....so hopefully we get some comments from B&N readers!

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TiggerBear
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The book is good, but I liked the movie better.
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I'm weighing in on the other side, I liked the book better. The movie had gorgeous cinematography, granted, but the book had a lot more detail and more in depth characterization..  Both very good!

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The book is good, but I liked the movie better.

 

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I never saw the movie, but the book was good enough that I still remember most of it several years later.  Most books are read 'em and forget 'em, but "Memoirs of a Geisha" is memorable.  It's not the best book I've ever read, but it's very good.
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I read the book about 10 years ago when it first came out and recommended it to my book club.  It is the story of a little Japanese girl with light eyes who was sold into a Geisha house at a very young age.  She worked in the house for years before she was finally recommended to be a geisha. 

 

The book was enlightening as I had not realized that these females were taught to give men pleasure through a variety of ways including music, dance, conversation and (of course) sexual. There was a hierarchy within the geisha house and old geishas trained new ones in their ways. 

 

I have heard criticism of the book because although the author did quite a bit of research over 9 yrs and visited a former geisha in Kyoto, evidently the story was part of a biography written by a famous geisha from Tokyo which he never acknowledged.  This does not diminish the impact of the story.  I will keep this book on my shelf forever as I will Peony in Love because they provided such an impact to me as to the ways of another world.

 

If you love books, read the book first then rent the DVD.  The movie is beautiful but not as lush as the book in its visual effects or depth of the story.  I loved them both.

 

 

 

 

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Mariyah23 wrote:
Has any body in this group read Memoirs of a geisha? Please let me know what your views are about this story.

 

It is a super book, one of my all time favorites.  It is a story that is truly transporting, taking the reader to another time and place.

 

I haven't seen the movie.

Laura

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I loved the book also. I really want to know if you view a Geisha as a prostitute or an entertainer.
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I would like to know if you feel as though a Geisha is a prostitue or a Geisha?
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Mariyah23 wrote:
I would like to know if you feel as though a Geisha is a prostitue or a Geisha?

 

A Geisha. 

 

Is a Geisha a prostitute?  I don't think there is an answer to that question.

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Fozzie wrote:

Mariyah23 wrote:
I would like to know if you feel as though a Geisha is a prostitue or a Geisha?

 

A Geisha. 

 

Is a Geisha a prostitute?  I don't think there is an answer to that question.


That would be an no. But I think it's more like a escort. 

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Memories of the geisha " is a very good read. A story of a girl who due to the family circumstances was sold to become  a geisha- a kept woman, but who is sophisticated, intellectual and has the manners of a high born lady. It's a story of a life. The story is smooth and active. Something is constantly happening and you want to know what? It[s  also a love story. I would highly recommend it.
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Yes, Memories of the geisha is a very good read. It kept me glued to the pages for every detail of the story.    Linda

 

 


irena wrote:
Memories of the geisha " is a very good read. A story of a girl who due to the family circumstances was sold to become  a geisha- a kept woman, but who is sophisticated, intellectual and has the manners of a high born lady. It's a story of a life. The story is smooth and active. Something is constantly happening and you want to know what? It[s  also a love story. I would highly recommend it.

 

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I am currently doing a project for school on Memoirs of a Geisha. I wanted to know from different people what they think  the similarites and differences of a Geisha and a prostitute are.

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It is similiar since its paying for your personal  attention to others of course men I guess. 

 

 


Mariyah23 wrote:

I am currently doing a project for school on Memoirs of a Geisha. I wanted to know from different people what they think  the similarites and differences of a Geisha and a prostitute are.


 

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Mariyah23 wrote:

I am currently doing a project for school on Memoirs of a Geisha. I wanted to know from different people what they think  the similarites and differences of a Geisha and a prostitute are.


Well

A prostitue is payed for sexual acts, rarely for attention.

An escort is payed for attention and rarely for sex.

A geisha is payed to individually entertain. Sex may or may not be involved. 

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I read the book and saw the movie. I thought the movie was well done but I enjoyed the book more because of it was so descriptive.

I think a geisha is viewed as a professional and is respected.  She is highly trained from a young age.

She is not expected to engage in sex for money. She is expected to entertain the men with music, reading, serving skills.

A prostitute is more of a mattress. She is paid to provide sexual satisfaction.

twj 

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While the movie is great....the book is better!  It's not very often you find a book that is better than the movie.  Golden writes the story like he was there, a witness to the scenes, a player in the geisha game of life.  I recommend this book to everyone who likes to read!
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twj -thanks for the chuckle.Sounds like, Have Sealy, Will Travel

 

from what I have read, a Geisha is very cultured and trained for years in dance, song,playing the semisen and the strict rituals of the tea ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 


thewanderingjew wrote:

I read the book and saw the movie. I thought the movie was well done but I enjoyed the book more because of it was so descriptive.

I think a geisha is viewed as a professional and is respected.  She is highly trained from a young age.

She is not expected to engage in sex for money. She is expected to entertain the men with music, reading, serving skills.

A prostitute is more of a mattress. She is paid to provide sexual satisfaction.

twj 


 

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I too read this book awhile ago & I still remember a large part of it. I think of it as a "quiet" book. Beautiful use of words. I thought the movie did a fair representation of the book compared to others, but as always, there's always so much left out that adds to the depth of the story. I highly recommend it.
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