Review (not rated)
A lovely book. Touching. Like so many other readers, I too felt alongside Sayuri throughout her travails and her journey through life. At no time did I feel that I was seeing Japan and its Geisha culture through an outsider's eyes. It's authenticity, and my feeling of closeness and empathy with Sayuri, probably is brought out by the way she takes moments out of her narration to explain to us things Geisha.
However, the book actively eschewed any elaboration and description of the dances, the music, the culture and the arts that make up a Geisha's life. The steamy bits, if you could call them that, were more prominent.
After reading this book, I immediately felt like I wanted to meet Sayuri, or go to Japan during that time, or at least eat Japanese food. The mood of pre-war Japan and the world of a Geisha is palpable and poetic at once.
Sigh! What a read!