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Six Degrees of Separation from Memoirs of a Geisha to Children of War

I wish I had paid attention to the April Six Degrees of Separation to see that Memoirs of a Geisha was done. I still want to do it, even if it’s late and I don’t personally mind replacing this month’s chosen book, The Poisonwood Bible, to make up for missing April’s book. It’s also going… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from Memoirs of a Geisha to Children of War

Nonfiction · Review

Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

Memoirs of a Geisha, by Arthur Golden, was published in 1997 and acknowledged Mineko Iwasaki as the real-life geisha that the author interviewed. After it was translated into Japanese, Iwasaki saw her name in print without permission and claims that Golden’s book misrepresents what it is to be a geisha. Iwasaki’s memoir tries to break the stereotypes perpetuated in Golden’s book.