“Memoirs of Geisha” – Considering this name, I refrained myself from reading this book for a long time assuming it would be one of those dark life story which would plunge you in to the pit of sorrow and demands immediate Wodehouse stuff to regain all your lost bright mood. But mistaken, I was. Yes the book did demands its reader to be somber at some point, but not exactly depressing.
Geisha- who are mistaken to prostitutes – are in fact highly skilled Japanese entertainers, whose skills include various arts such as music, dance …etc. This book unfolds a moving story of, how life transforms an innocent village girl “Chiyo” to a famous successful Geisha “Sayuri”. The story begins with chiyo , a nine year old gal, being sold to geisha-house due to poverty. Through her eyes, the hardships concealed behind the magnificent world of geisha, is revealed poignantly when the story crosses each stages of her life.
Most unexpectedly the story was very gripping. For such a story line, I expected it to take a week to complete but it took only 2 days. For a person like me, who toured Japan only on atlas, this book gives a detail account on dramatic lifestyle of Japanese geishas and their traditions. Though the storyline seems to have a touch of sadness, it did end happily with one of those melodramatic and filmy climaxes, which I felt a big dark mark on the white sheet. Except the exaggerating climax, the book was awesome.