1999 Vintage (first published in 1997)
Read in May 1999
Rating: 3/5 (Good)
A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.
In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl's virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction—at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful—and completely unforgettable.
My Original Notes (1999):
Good, but not great. I enjoyed learning about the culture, as well as the life of a geisha, but I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters. They were fairly one-dimensional. The story was a typical Cinderella love story with a predictable ending. Still, not bad.
My Current Thoughts:
I read this for a book club discussion in the late 90s. As far as I can tell, this is the only novel written by Golden.