Memoirs of a Geisha, a Beautiful Book
I just finished listening to Memoirs of a Geisha. (I got the audio from Audible.com.) It’s a beautiful book about a 9 year old Japanese girl who is sold to a "family" that raises Geishas. The book is narrated in first person and she uses amazing metaphors, adjectives and similies to describe the people in her life. Just in the first few pages describing her home and family she says things like: "tipsy house", "the ocean caught a terrible cold", and "His face was very heavily creased … like a tree that had nests of birds in all of the branches." Memoirs of a Geisha is worth reading for the language, the glimpses into human motives and its insight into the Geisha culture of Gion.