|Memoirs of a Geisha|
|Genre:||Literature & Fiction|
The book naturally brings out the story much more clearly and in much finer details in comparison to the movie. It is written in the first person description of life in pre-war Japan when Feudalism was still in existence, the abject poverty, the sufferings of ordinary citizens of a nation at war and life after a humiliating defeat. While reading the book you can stop and reflect on the images Sayuri tries to describe to get the facts right, whereas the movie just moves on and we tend to miss some of the major facts and lose track of the some of the issues thus ending up with the wrong impressions of the main characters in the plot.
In spite of the fact that the story is pretty interesting and contains much historical facts, I still can't get over the idea that she could reflect on life and its idiosyncrasies in such a philosophical way that is simply beyond a geisha's mentality even though she may be one extraordinary woman.
Still, I would give a high credit to Arthur Golden for a great tale with a wonderful plot and great setting.