Friday, September 25, 2015
Friday, September 18, 2015
But her life is set on a course of hope when she runs into a man of kindness, who dries her tears with her handkerchief and offers her money for a little treat. Determined to repay this man's kindness, Chiyo sets about her apprenticeship with a renewed sense of vigor. Under the tutelage of another Geisha, she flourishes and is set to be the most accomplished Geisha in Gion, until the war finally reaches the pleasure district of Kyoto.
Despite her hard life Sayuri, formerly Chiyo, is determined to reach her goal of becoming the Geisha beside the man who gave her new purpose.
While I cannot speak for the authenticity or historical aspect of this novel, I found it to be enjoyable. Chiyo's struggles as a child just trying to survive in the circumstances she has been placed is heartbreaking. Sayuri's determination to eventually capture the heart of her love, despite all of the setbacks, is a journey that many readers will be able to relate to from their own lives.
Friday, September 11, 2015
Friday, September 4, 2015
While this coming-of-age story received an award and a multitude of good reviews, I was disappointed.
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
A Wizard of Earthsea - Ursula LeGuin