Memoirs of a Geisha

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Historical Novel: Memoirs of a Geisha Memoirs of a Geisha is a compelling novel that is centered on a young girl’s journey of maturing and becoming a prominent and successful geisha. The book was written by Author Golden and published in 1997. The story was based on the life of geisha in Japan during the 1930s and 1940s. Geisha literally translates into “art person.” Geisha are Japanese women that are trained to entertain men with singing, dancing, and conversation. The book itself was very accurate in a historical perspective and quite frankly, a very good read. The book opens in the first-person voice of Sayuri, the main character, and stays the same throughout the novel. Sayuri tells about her childhood growing up in Yoroido.…show more content…
He needs her to entertain a man called the Minister. Mameha, Pumpkin, and Sayuri entertain the minister. The company gets back on its feet and Nobu wants to become Sayuri’s danna. Sayuri still didn’t want Nobu to be her danna, and wanted the Chairman to instead. So she set up a plan that was supposed to kill Nobu’s affection for her. Sayuri asked Pumpkin to bring Nobu, so that he can catch the Minister and Sayuri having sexual relations “by mistake.” Pumpkin, still bitter from the loss of being the daughter of the okiya, brings the Chairman instead because she knows that Sayuri is in love with him. Back in Gion, which reopened, Sayuri reluctantly waited for Nobu to come and perform the ceremony that made Nobu her danna. The Chairman showed up instead. He explained that he had feelings for her, but hid them because of Nobu. He had told Nobu what had happened and Nobu was unable to forgive her. Since Nobu would not forgive her, he wasn’t meant to be Sayuri’s destiny, the Chairman explained. Now the Chairman can be Sayuri’s danna. She loves being the Chairman’s danna. He takes her on several trips to the United States. She wants to live in New York and open a tea house. The Chairman agreed and she stayed in the Wardolf Towers. The Chairman dies, but Sayuri is still happy because of the life they spent together. Since then her life has been all-embracing and still filled with joy. Memoirs of A Geisha was spot on in a historical aspect. The reason behind
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