Memoirs Of A Geisha By Arthur Golden

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A historical and debut novel by Arthur Golden about Nitta Sayuri, who tells the story of her life as a geisha.

This fictional story of Sayuri working as a geisha in Kyoto, Japan is set before and after World War II. Sayuri is one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha, who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess. The story follows Sayuri from her childhood in a fishing village, where at the age of nine she was sold to a representative of a geisha house in 1929. In the following years she works to pay back the price of her purchase, while being schooled in music and dance, learning to apply the geisha’s makeup, wearing elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure, along with acquiring a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival.

Memoirs of a Geisha is a unique, elaborate and triumphant work giving the readers an insight into the worlds of geishas by being a romantic, erotic, suspenseful and completely unforgettable work of fiction.

 

 

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One Hundred Years Of Solitude By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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Not one of the easier books to read as it is difficult to distinguish what is real and what is myth. It takes a bit of an effort to begin but once you are deep into the story you begin to like the world of fantasy that Marquez has built consisting of mythical heroes and supernatural elements.

One Hundred Years Of Solitude is the story of the town of Macondo in which live seven generations of the Buendia family. Jose Arcadio Buendia, and Ursula Iguaran, his wife and first cousin, leave Riohacha in Colombia to find a new and better life. During this journey, Jose Arcadio Buendia dreams of the town of Macondo and upon awakening he builds it at a riverside based on his dream and perceptions. Macondo, the city of mirrors and the magical world is destroyed by a hurricane ultimately.

The fabricated events and characters act as a metaphor for the colonisation of the future Colombia. Though the story is fictional in a fiction setting, it gives a great insight into and explain the true Colombian history.