Geisha of a Different Kind Book Description: In gay bars and nightclubs across America, and in gayoriented magazines and media, the buff, macho, white gay man is exalted as the idealthe most attractive, the most wanted, and the most emulated type of man.
Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki My rating: 4 of 5 stars Summary: The geisha has long been a mystery to those in the West. In her compelling memoir, Mineko, often called the best geisha of her generation, reveals the secretive world that inspired a bestselling fictional counterpart, Arthur Goldens bestselling Memoirs of a Geisha.
Arthur Golden is an American. He is a man. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. Sayuri is Japanese. She is a woman. She lives in the Gion district of Kyoto, Japan. Magically, though, in Golden's first novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, he actually becomes the firstperson voice of Sayuri, and in the Memoirs of a Geisha is a book of nuances and vivid metaphor, of memorable characters rendered with humor and pathos.
And though the story is rich with detail and a vast knowledge of history, it is the transparent, seductive voice of Sayuri that the reader remembers. Publisher's Summary In gay bars and nightclubs across America, and in gayoriented magazines and media, the buff, macho, white gay man is exalted as the ideal the most attractive, the most wanted, and the most emulated type of man. Geisha of a Different Kind eschews clinical language, refers to wellknown examples in popular media, provides plenty of theoretical background and carefully recaps and 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 heavyhanded and ultimately ineffective (even more so in the case of the film).
It is a wonderful introduction to geisha, Japanese culture, and the East for the Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical fiction novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the story of a fictional geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II. In 2005, a film version was released.