Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha

By Arthur Golden

  • Release Date: 1997-09-23
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 658 Ratings
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A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel tells with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan's most celebrated geisha.

Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to reveal just a touch of inner wrist; competing with a jealous rival for men's solicitude and the money that goes with it.

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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.


  • A Stunning Story of the Truest Love

    By R.S. Noel
    I was captivated from the start, so by the time I got to the end of the book in the same day I started reading it, I found myself in tears. This is a story of a girl's journey throughout this strange experience we call life, mixed with the secrecy of being a geisha, and ultimately a journey of self-discovery. Such a riveting story brought my heart alive and reminded me why life is worth living no matter the circumstances. This story is best read if you are going through some hard times in your life and are unsure of what the future may look like. Because as any Historian or very aged human being will tell you - history has a strange way of repeating itself...
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    By Yolanda Estrada
    From the minute I seen the movie I loved Memoirs of a Geisha and watched it over and over. Never would I imagined the book being more interesting. What a remarkable author. Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us. It is truly a honor to Have read this book. It is my favorite one of all time. I've had the pleasure of telling my daughter to read it. Since then she has read it three times start to finish. Thank you. Thank you.
  • Amazing girl to woman story!

    By Charliecakes88
    The transition from innocence to cruel reality, captivated in a beautiful tale of hope.
  • One of my all time favorites

    By Carrieslizz
    I first read this book in high school, borrowing it from my mother. I have since read it 3 or 4 more times. It immerses you in another world, and is very romantic. I would recommend it to anyone.
  • Great book

    By Sheri_diva
    It's a beautiful storyline with accurate descriptions of her life story. For a moment u feel totally submerged into the writing like u are a part of that time. It's an inspiration that the rainbow surely does come after the rain
  • The best

    By Danchelle
    This is probably the best book I have ever read. Worth reading more than once. A book you don't want to stop reading and hopes that it won't end either. Thank you
  • Enchanting and inspiring

    By KelseyC09
    I first learned about this book when I saw the movie. Well, needless to say the movie falls woefully short of the book. I've always been intrigued by Japanese culture and this look into the life of a true geisha was such a magnificent read that I doubt I'll ever get tired of re-reading it. The life of this one geisha, her hopes and dreams as a girl, her trials and tribulations as she grew and became a geisha is such an unbelievable tale to be true and yet it is. Everything she over-came, and all the things she endured is to say the least awe inspiring. Magnificent, utterly magnificent!🎌🍶
  • Amazing

    By borx23
    One if my favorite books and movies. Great book with a perfect story line, and well written. A must read for everyone.
  • Absolutely beautiful

    By Juan Navarro
    This story is amazing. It is very descriptive and full of emotion. It is addicting. I found it hard to put down & even dreamt about it from time to time.
  • Amazing!!

    By Alyboobear
    This book takes you away from everything around you and immerses you in a place and time so far away it is very much like time traveling. Im speechless at the clarity and story telling abilities of the author. MUST READ!!