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.

 

 

On Michael Jackson By Margo Jefferson

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By far the only book written on Michael Jackson that lets the readers think and decide what they want to about him, instead of prejudicing their minds with what they think or know.

Margo Jefferson talks about Michael Jackson’s lyrics and music videos, his family members, the public’s fascination with child performers and freaks, and Michael Jackson’s evolving persona and his alarming appearance. She also criticizes the fact that there was not enough opportunity for talks about his mental illness in his circus-like child abuse trial.

Margo Jefferson does not accuse or completely sympathise with Michael Jackson. She tries to take both the aspects-positive as well as negative and attempts to weigh them with his life and situations that he had to face right since he was a child. She does not pass a judgement on him, which is the best thing that I liked about this book. It is a very short read and a must for all Michael Jackson fans. Believe me you will not be disappointed and at the end you still get to keep you own love for Michael Jackson (and bias, if any) safe.

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Lollipop Lounge – Memoirs Of A Rock And Roll Refugee By Genya Ravan

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CBGB and OMFUG (Country, Bluegrass, Blue and Other Music For Gormandizers), punk rock and Genya Ravan fans don’t need any reviews to read this book. Although autobiographies are usually biased accounts of one’s life and I always prefer to read biographies, no one could have written this book better than Genya Ravan herself. It is the most unbiased autobiography I have ever read and Genya Ravan has successfully accounted for it all-the good, the bad and even the ugly. Genya Ravan has been an important part of the history of CBGB, a music club founded by Hilly Kristal in 1973.

Genya, an influential vocalist and a rock and roll icon is not bothered by what people would think after reading her book. She has boldly accounted for her successes as well as shortcomings. Her true fans and music lovers will love her even more after reading what hurdles she crossed and how much struggle was involved to form and be a part of the first women rock band, be the first woman music producer and to fight cancer.