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Challenge 4: An historical fiction book – “Memoirs of a geisha”

Good morning, good afternoon and good evening everybody!!!

The fourth book of the #26weekreadingchallenge2018 is “Memoirs of a Geisha” by Arthur Golden.

memoirs of a geisha

We know you probably already read it because it is one of the best sellers of all time and we haven’t got any excuses to not read it this time during this challenge.

It talks about a child named Chiyo that, at the age of nine, is taken from her poor fishing village of Yoroido with her older sister Satsu. Sadly, as they arrive at the royal capital of Kyoto, in the section called Gion, where most geisha live and most tea houses where situated, the sisters are being separated. Her older sister becomes a prostitute while Chiyo lives in the Nitta Okiya where she is trained to be a geisha.

In this book, we enter the world of geisha but mostly Chiyo. A world where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, where women are trained to seduce the most powerful men and where love is illustrated as an illusion.

—– J —–

★★★★★!!!

One of the best book I have ever read during my whole life! I couldn’t put it down for one second and, even if it has 503 pages, it went so fast!

It appears that this story is based on the life of a certain geisha, but the author clearly states that both the story and characters are fictional and I am going to stick with that. I admit that I was disappointed when I realized that this turned out to be fiction, only and only because I had been told otherwise by the author himself while reading the preface.

I liked the writing style because it helped me to see the world through Chiyo’s eyes and better understand her mind.

This is the beautiful story of a little innocent girl as she fights her way through life in an unfair society and struggles to reach her loved one and have a reason to simply wake up every day and live. I really enjoyed it and find it very memorable and special.

My favorite quote is:

“We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.”

—– S —–

★★★★★

I love this book! And it wasn’t time reading it. I read it many years ago when I was still going to school and didn’t understand what they meant when they were talking about “eels”.

The writing of this books just leaves you speechless and even if you never saw Japan, you feel like you’ve been there and you feel nostalgic during the whole book.

This is just one of the books that keep you engaged from the first to the last page and makes you just feel lost at the end because you just want to stay with Chiyo and never leave her.

Here is a part of the book that impressed me:

I never seek to defeat the man I am fighting. I seek to defeat his confidence. A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory. Two men are equals – true equals – only hen they both have equal confidence.

As you can probably tell, we both really love the book and we will surely take a look at the film that they made it based on it.

And now! For the next book of the challenge we chose a book turned into a TV show. Let me tell you this: THEY ARE A LOT OF IT! And we were really overwhelmed by it but at the end, we chose ‘Big little lies’ by Liane Moriarty.

big little lies

We have never seen the TV show, but, just by looking at the actresses Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley…

Come on! You cannot pass on this!

Don’t forget to take a look to this post for the full list of the books of the challenge!!! And, obviously, share, like and comment! We promise we don’t bite!

J&S.

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