929I have almost no words for this book.  It was breathtaking, beautifully written, vibrant, and just something you pretty much cherished so long as you held it in your hands.

Yes, I know it was made into a movie, and I have seen it, but that didn’t stop me from wanting to read to book too.

Memoirs of a Geisha follows the life of a young girl named Chiyo who is sold into slavery and raised to be a geisha.  We watch her struggle to find her place in the world, survive the challenging and often cut throat world of geishas, as well as attempt to fit her desires alongside her duties, often making enemies in the process.

The best part about this book for me is that you learn a lot about geishas, their culture for lack of a better term, as well as what their true profession and duty is.  Most westerners when they think of the word geisha think it’s just the word for a high class Japanese prostitute, but it is so much more than that.  I freely admit I was one of those people, but thankfully I was dissuaded of that notion long ago by a friend who had made a study of Japanese culture.

Sex and money do play a part in a geisha’s life, but for the most part it is a very small one that has mostly disappeared after WWII.  Geishas now, as much as they were then, are masters of the arts in a sense.  They read, they write, they play music they dance, they’re elegant, educated and beautiful.   Geisha still exist in the world today, albeit most likely not in the number they used to before WWII when the profession was nearly wiped out.

Just…no words.  I loved this book as much as I loved the movie.  No matter how you like your stories, Memoirs of a Geisha is one you need to add to your list.

Short and sweet coming up next.  Resident Evil IV, Underworld by S.D. Perry.

221268Beneath the deserts of the American Southwest, one of the Umbrella Corporation‘s most elaborate facilities is about to go online.

Somewhere inside may also be the key to stopping Umbrella once and for all… can Leon Kennedy, Claire Redfield, Rebecca Chambers, and their friends can get past a strike team of corrupt S.T.A.R.S., and survive the genetically engineered horrors awaiting them?