“A literary sensation and runaway bestseller.”
NO MAJOR SPOILERS
Memoirs of a Geisha is far from being my usual reading material (Fantasy & Sci-Fi). I was recommended it by someone I didn’t want to offend and confess I started reading it somewhat under duress. Like most people I thought that Geisha’s were little more than prostitutes and was expecting something between soft porn and shallow girlyness.
I couldn’t have been more wrong and very quickly found myself enjoying it – much to my surprise. I can’t speak to the historical accuracy but what follows is a comprehensively drawn picture of a life so far removed from anything familiar to those of us in the West; beautiful and brutal in equal measure, it’s probably more accurate to describe it as a social documentary than the historical fiction tag I’ve put on it.