read online Audible Memoirs of a Geisha – Hometrainer-tests.de

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 geishaIn 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 In a small Japanese fishing village of Yoroido, on the coast of the Sea of Japan, a child Chiyo Sakamoto, 9, lives with an ancient father, dying mother, and older sister Satsu, in a dilapidated home, leaning over a cliff, the year 1929, things are tough and will get harder, as the Great Depression is about to commencethe impoverished family needs help and the two sisters are sold Pretty Chiyo, with beautiful eyes, to become a geisha after a long apprenticeship and the unlucky, plain Satsu, a In a small Japanese fishing village of Yoroido, on the coast of the Sea of Japan, a child Chiyo Sakamoto, 9, lives with an ancient father, dying mother, and older sister Satsu, in a dilapidated home, leaning over a cliff, the year 1929, things are tough and will get harder, as the Great Depression is about to commencethe impoverished family needs help and the two sisters are sold Pretty Chiyo, with beautiful eyes, to become a geisha after a long apprenticeship and the unlucky, plain Satsu, an abused prostitute.In a house that never becomes a home, in the former royal capital of Kyoto, in the section called Gion, where most geisha live, and the tea houses to entertain rich men, there, the scared girl is under the complete control of three money hungry women, who show no pity, Granny, she has coins in her heart the matriarch, and her two adopted daughters, Mother, the real boss, and Auntie, they love nicknames, both are as unfeeling as Granny The only genuine geisha in residence, is stunning Hatsumomo, as beautiful as she is detestable, and takes an odd, instant hatred to the little girl and torments her nonstop One day while doing an errand, the child starts crying in the streets, her miserable life has no joy, a man known as the chairman , the owner of an important electronics business, stops and comforts Chiyo, leaving her, his monogrammed handkerchief, it will be the most prized possession, the girl has, at last, someone cares she falls in love, and this will remain forever After an aborted escape try with her sister, she falls from the roof of a neighbor s house, injuring herself, things become evendismal, Chiyo is demoted to a lowly maid in the house, noschool to learn her profession, to the elation of cruel Hatsumomo Still life is cloudy, and is never foreseen, even the fortune tellers, the geisha go to, often, can t predict accurately the most successful , glamorous, admired geisha in Kyoto , Mameha, becomes her Big Sister , a mentor that can help any woman rise to the top, how strange Her name is changed later to Sayuri , she returns to school, becomes a fine dancer and does a solo, at the annual celebrations in the local theater, her poster is painted by a famous alcoholic artist in town, the career prospers, but the chairman, that Sayuri constantly meets in the tea house parties, where the men get drunk on Sake, listen to stories told, watch the singing, the dancing, and music played by the geisha is rather distant, and doesn t recognize the grown up woman Gruff Nobu, scarred and disabled, in a war, the chairman s best friend, and second in command , at the electronics firm, likes Chiyo Sayuri , he, her love, can never interfere, too much respect for his colleague, and they are so close, it is a sad, hopeless situation for Chiyo Sayuri The years roll by, and war is on the horizon, change is coming, it always isthe now renowned geisha, awaitsThe most famous, popular, geisha, Mineko Iwasaki, now retired, one of the characters is based on her, in the novel greatly helped Mr Arthur Golden , in research, revealing to him, in confidence, the secrets of the mysterious life of these women , for the first time, much to her later regret Memoirs of a Geisha is an American novel, and as such the attempt at West does East, especially on the complex and delicate subject of the geisha, is compelling, interesting, but also heavy handed and ultimately ineffective evenso in the case of the film It is a wonderful introduction to geisha, Japanese culture, and the East for the uninitiated Western reader, and I can see why the book is popular, but I found it disappointing For the reader already familiar with the culture, western Memoirs of a Geisha is an American novel, and as such the attempt at West does East, especially on the complex and delicate subject of the geisha, is compelling, interesting, but also heavy handed and ultimately ineffective evenso in the case of the film It is a wonderful introduction to geisha, Japanese culture, and the East for the uninitiated Western reader, and I can see why the book is popular, but I found it disappointing For the reader already familiar with the culture, western influences are all too clear and the book comes off as a bit clunky and imperfect I also had some problems with the general perception of the characters by readers versus the way the characters were actually portrayed in the book Memoirs is far from the good willed fairy tale that people assume it is By all means, read it, but leave it open for critique and remember that aauthentic representation of eastern culture, especially in the details, will come from the east itself.A lot of my critique stems from the fact that this movie has attained such wide spread fame and been made into a movie, to be sure I feel like it is being perpetuated as something it is not Even the introduction to the book a faux translator s note perpetuates the myth that Memoirs is an accurate, beautiful, in depth reflection of the life of a geisha, when in truth it is nothat historical fiction and is written by an outsider Golden has done his research and is well educated on his subjects, and I have no problem with people reading from, taking interest in, and even learning from this book I do, however, think it is important that readers don t conflate the American novel with Japanese reality They aren t the same thing, no matter how much research Golden did, and if we take the book as an accurate representation we re actually underestimating and undervaluing geisha, Japan, and Japanese culture.Because Golden attempts to write from within the geisha culture, as a Japanese woman, he must dothan report the facts of that life he must also pretend to be a part of it Pretend he does, acting out a role as if he has studied inflection, script, and motivation He certainly knows what makes writing Japanese but his attempt to mimic it is not entirely successful The emphasis on elements, the independent sentences, the visual details are too prevalent and too obvious, as if Golden is trying to call our attention to them and thus to the Japanese style of the text He does manage to draw attention, but to me, at least, what I came away with was the sense that Golden was an American trying really hard to sound Japanese that is, the effect betrayed the attempt and the obvious attempt ruined the sincerity of the novel, for me I felt like I was being smacked over the head with beauty wood water kimono haiku and I felt insulted and disappointed.The problems that I saw in the text were certainly secondary to the purpose of the text to entertain, to introduce Western readers to Japanese culture, and to sell books and eventually a film They may not be obvious to all readers and they aren t so sever that the book isn t worth reading I just think readers need to keep in mind that what Golden writes is fiction Historical fiction, yes, but still fiction, therefore we should look for a true representation of Japanese culture within Japanese culture itself and take Memoirs with a grain of salt.I also had problems with the rushed end of the book, the belief that Sayuri is a honest, good, modest, generous person when she really acts for herself and at harm to others throughout much of the book, the perpetuation of Hatsumomo as unjustified and cruel when she has all the reason in the world, and in general the public belief that Memoirs is some sort of fairy tale when in fact it is heavy handed, biased, and takes a biased or unrelatistic view toward situations, characters, and love However, all of those complains are secondary, in my view, to the major complain above, and should be come obvious to the reader.Memoirs goes quickly, is compelling, and makes a good read, and I don t want to sound too unreasonably harsh on it However, I believe the book has a lot of faults that aren t widely acknowledged and I think we as readers need to keep them in mind This is an imperfect Western book, and while it may be a fun or good book it is not Japanese, authentic, or entirely well done Like eating fancy dessert at a gourmet restaurant, Memoirs of a Geisha is beautiful, melts lightly off the tongue and will be forgotten shortly after it s done The language is strikingly lovely, and Golden paints a remarkable picture of a time and place If you re looking to learn something deep about the psychology of Japanese culture, or meet nuanced characters, then I d steer you elsewhere The story only skims the top of thecomplicated aspects of a Japan in decline, focusing mostly on Like eating fancy dessert at a gourmet restaurant, Memoirs of a Geisha is beautiful, melts lightly off the tongue and will be forgotten shortly after it s done The language is strikingly lovely, and Golden paints a remarkable picture of a time and place If you re looking to learn something deep about the psychology of Japanese culture, or meet nuanced characters, then I d steer you elsewhere The story only skims the top of thecomplicated aspects of a Japan in decline, focusing mostly on a genteel lifestyle that probably seemsappealing from the outside There s a way in which the book, written by a man and a westerner, is slightly fetishistic, but less so than you might imagine.Another reader suggested that perhaps the superficiality of the story is intentional, and that the book, in a way, resembles a geisha Beautiful and eager to please, yet too distant to really learn much from and ultimately littlethan a beautiful, well crafted object to be appreciated If that s the case, Arthur Golden is remarkably clever, and I applaud him If it s not the case, the book remains very pretty and an easy read So Memoirs of a Geisha I d been wanting to read that one for a very long time I had heard so many good things about it It s supposed to be awesome, and deep, and beautiful, right Wrong It s not The writing was what bothered me the most It s pretentious and superficial, and sloooooww and it goes on and on and on and on and on and still, very little happens In some sort of weird combination, the writing is both superficial and clich It feels like Golden thought it would be a good idea So Memoirs of a Geisha I d been wanting to read that one for a very long time I had heard so many good things about it It s supposed to be awesome, and deep, and beautiful, right Wrong It s not The writing was what bothered me the most It s pretentious and superficial, and sloooooww and it goes on and on and on and on and on and still, very little happens In some sort of weird combination, the writing is both superficial and clich It feels like Golden thought it would be a good idea to emphasize all the Japan and nature clich s to the point of ridiculousness I still can t believe how many times he compares something to the nature Ironically, it doesn t feel natural at all It feels forced and weird and and it s very annoying, as it slows down the pacing which is already very slow and frequently interrupts the narrator s flow of thoughts Examples Yes, yes Because I was so sick and tired of reading for the 40th time how something is LIKE a bird or a snake or whatever, I made a list Enjoy, people This is how Sayuri narrates the story Please notice and enjoy how natural this way of thinking sounds I felt as a dam must feel when it s holding back an entire river I felt as sore as a rock must feel when the waterfall has pounded on it all day long My poor scalp felt the way clay must feel after the potter has scored it with a sharp stick And it goes on Like water bugs kicking along the surface Like the crisp skin of a grilled fish Like a scrap of paper in the wind Like ruts in the bark of a tree And on Like a pig trying to survive in a slaughterhouse Like a stray cat on the street without a master to feed it My mind on the eve of my debut was like a garden in which the flowers have only begun to poke their faces up through the soil It was like when a caterpillar turns into a butterfly Out of my element as a pigeon in a nest of falcons Felt as a simple smelt must feel when a silver salmon glides by Still not enough I was hoping you d say that Here you go view spoiler Like what a workman does to a field using a hoe felt the way clay must feel after the potter has scored it with a sharp stick I felt as the waves of the ocean must feel when clouds have blocked the warmth of the sun As if he were the wind that blew and I were just a cloud carried upon it Like a tree and its roots, or like a shrine and the gate that stands before it With as much difficulty as a hungry child turns away from a plate of food I felt like a slab of tuna the grocer had just delivered I was like a temple bell that resonates long after it has been struck I tried to imagine I was simply a house standing in the rain with the water washing down the front of me Like when a stone is dropped into a pond, the water continues quivering even after the stone has sunk to the bottom Like the tree where the tiger might sharpen its claws Like a fish belly up on the stream A tree may look as beautiful as ever but when you notice the insects infesting it, and the tips of the branches that are brown from disease, even the trunk seems to lose some of its magnificence As much a part of her as a song is part of a bird Was as simple as a stone falling toward the ground If you no longer have leaves, or bark, or roots, can you go on calling yourself a tree Felt toward him just as an ice pick feels toward a block of ice The two of them weren t spending time together anythan a squirrel is spending time with the insects that live in the same tree Like the fisherman who hour after hour scoops out fish with his net Like a mouse expecting sympathy from the snake Like rice pouring from a torn sack Expanding just like a river whose waters have begun to swell I was like a child tiptoeing along a precipice overlooking the sea And yet somehow I hadn t imagined a great wave might come and strike me there, and wash everything away Like a snake that had spotted a mouse Your eyes hang all over him like fur on a dog I began to feel like a tree whose roots had at last broken into the rich, wet soil deep beneath the surface Just as naturally as the leaves fall from the trees Just as a stone must fall toward the earth It was all like a stream that falls over rocky cliffs before it can reach the ocean Nopermanent than a wave rising on the ocean Just like watery ink on paper hide spoiler So yeah Just because of that, it can t getthan 2 stars for me It just can t It s awful to read And the characters SIGH What can I say about them Hatsumomo was just a big clich , and so was Pumpkin, and so was The Chairman They didn t feel real None of them did Sayuri on top So I m supposed to feel something for her, right Relate to her somehow That was impossible I don t know why, but somehow I was able to relate to Chiyo but not to Sayuri Even though they re the same person, I couldn t bring myself to care for Sayuri As soon as she grows up even though she keeps telling her story with the skills of a freakin 4 year old so around the time when she becomes a geisha, that is, she becomes insufferable And she has this sort of weird fascination for adult men, first M Tanaka and after The Chairman, and it s just so annoying Why does she like them Why And, yeah, she was also such a victim She never made anything to change her condition, she was just this kind of submissive woman who, well, blinks and, I dunno, bows I know it s the way she s supposed to behave, but still, it s infuriatingly boring to read about such a character The only thing she ever does for herself is view spoiler sleeping with The Minister so she doesn t have to undergo Nabu whathisname as a danna hide spoiler but even that is done in the purpose of eventually being with The Chairman And who was he, that Chairman Who was that man we hear about, again and again and again What s he like Have they ever had a real conversation I don t think so She idealizes him, she never sees him as who he really is, she just keeps wetting holding that stupid handkerchief every night and that annoyed me It felt childish and weird The only character I liked was Mameha, and she s the angel of the story, meaning that you re just supposed to like her because she s, well, perfect, kind, loyal and beautiful, the way Agnes is in David Copperfield or Melanie in Gone With The Wind.The informations about Geishas were nice, I suppose, but I don t know how much of it is true The war was awfully, awfully boring, and very badly executed I think you can see it was written by an American just by the way the United States are depicted They atomically bombarded Japan and two of greatest its cities and yet, Sayuri doesn t even blink and say The American troups were very kind to us and gave candy to the children Er Really The plot dragged on and on, and I had to struggle to finish the book The ending felt rushed I hate, hate it when authors do that He wrote a whole book about someone s life, and the final chapter is soo rushed and it goes like So that was forty years ago, now I m seventy and I m old and I m gonna tell you what happened in my life between then and now in like, two sentences So I married the guy I talked so much about, and then we went to live in the USA because that s like ZOMG the best country EVAR And then he died, and Ah yes Did we have a kid Oh, but wouldn t you like to know Well you won t, cause I m not telling you, neener neener Whatever I m old, and I m probably gonna die now LIKE A BIRD THAT FLIES AWAY , because what would be the final sentence without a nature related comparaison, huh Right I swear, the book probably deserves an award, for like Worst Ending Chapter Ever or something It made no sense, it gave no real closure.Everything in this book was just so flat It tried to be epic and it tried to be a classic but it failed so badly The characters weren t well fleshed out, it was obvious that the Good people Sayuri, Mahema would triumph over the Bad Hatsumomo , it was obvious that Sayuri would get her happy ending after all See, all throughout the book, I was completely disconnected, I didn t feel anything I didn t smile, or laugh, I certainly didn t cry I can t even say I m angry or that I hate the book because hatred requires that I care, and I don t I m just indifferent Bored Unimpressed And isn t it the worst state of mind you can possibly be in after you finish a book Ultimately, it didn t leave a mark So the book as a whole was a major disappointment and I m glad it s over I just hope the movie might be better I kept thinking it would be better to watch it, seeing how graphic the descriptions were of the kimonos, for example Edit So I saw the movie Meeeh But as a book, it was unconvincing and very flawed