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Now we know the Japanese equivalent of a Heidi girl.
am 15. Februar 1999
The book was easy to read, a concise, simple, and flowing style. The author should get good marks for what must have been exhaustive research to produce such detail. Memoirs of a Geisha is well written. But I could find little to sympathize with or learn from in any of the characters, the male characters exaggerated in their ghastliness, the geisha, when you remove the veil of artistic culture, nothing more than high priced call girls who only spread their legs for steadily paying clientele. Satsu, who fled prostitution, was the only character I could truly feel for, but she just dropped out of the story, Sayuri not even attempting to reunite with the sister she supposedly pines over, and this though Sayuri had the means and connections to find her. The characters left me empty. I found them to have little moral fiber at all, the story simply a tale of how materialistic, sometimes clever but otherwise empty headed courtesans ply their trade in Japan, the war even cast as horrible for the lack of sugar daddies and tea, having to suffer a real job, or the horror of ones hands getting rough! So what? As another reader said, it's a vacation novel, if that much, but a waste of time if you're looking for a book with any greatness.