Memoirs of A Geisha

I can’t say I’m proud that I paid only 50 cents for my Memoirs of a Geisha. I got it at a thrift shop during a strange moment in my life. It was right at the beginning of a summer that marked the end of a hard and painful spring semester. The nightmare was over, and I was ready to turn my back on philosophy and high-brow novels. I just wanted a novel I could read for the juice of the story and nothing more. A novel of pure lovely nothings. Reading Memoirs of Geisha was that and a bit more. It was like I went in for the story but also found a world.

Memoirs of a Geisha is an underdog story about a village girl who finds herself in a big city and ends up making a name for herself.  At some point,  Chiyo, the girl with the beautiful grey eyes, dares to fall in love. But she lives in a world where love counts for nothing because everything about a girl–from her smile to her virginity–has a price tag. The novel is also just a girlie girl’s affair, and that’s one thing I love about it. Lots of dressing up. Lots of flirting. And a little bit of sex for sale.  But all the sex work gets lost in brightly colored kimonos, hour-long make up sessions, elegant hairdos, late night tea parties, and witty conversations with horny men. Honestly, I would’ve liked to see more sex. But I guess the novel is more about the art and politics of sex than it is about sex.

I don’t know how good it is. I haven’t seen it. But there’s a movie version in case you want to skip the novel all together.

WATCH THE TRAILER FOR MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

 

 

Post image via

Feature image via

Tags: , , ,

I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Say Hello to DJ Teju! | Teju Cole Sets Up a New Fanbase on Spotify

tejucolespotifyplaylist

Teju Cole’s fans run to him for all sorts of things—for advice on how to be a good writer [here], […]

Professor Banda | by Keletso Mopai | An African Story

3906408730_04a820dbb7_o-e1461598634482-1-e1461598681217

It was the second semester of my first year, having made my way through the first semester and passing all […]

The Flesh and Blood of Family | by Abigail George | African Poetry

7794891704_7aaf20a280_b-e1461596693153-1-e1461596775510

The flesh and blood of family The ominous map of my mother is a landscape of green glass that makes […]

Chigozie Obioma on Jowhor Ile’s Debut Novel | Good Opening, Awkward Ending

Author-photo-credit-Zina-Saro-Wiwa-2-e1461595467921

Johwor Ile’s And After Many Days is one of the most highly anticipated and much talked-about African novels of 2016. The novel […]

Poetry 101 | by Chioma Nnanna | An African Story

8580686406_6c54facf95_k-e1460826679302-1-e1460826711729

As she bent over to pick up the white board marker, the rest of the world faded out. It was […]

Cash Money | by Okey Egboluche | An African Story

8449167986_b3f8907231_z-e1460824513692-1-e1460824546244

“Cash money!” “Cash money!” They hailed you. It made you feel good. You were on top of the world and […]