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Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden is a beautifully written epic tale which envelopes the reader instantly revealing Goldens ability to include a realism inside an engrossing yet fictional narrative resulting in the novel becoming a bestseller enjoyed the world over Through his use of delicately descriptive and poetic language Arthur Golden superbly portrays the effects of the harshness of Japanese society on the individual Sayuri Nitta Golden hands the narrative point of view to that of Chiyo Sakamoto - later Sayuri Nitta - explaining her tragic life in a hostile world through her nine-year-old eyes a child sold by her family to a geisha okiya where forced by society at that time she has no other choice but to begin the ongoing struggle to become a geisha in order to attain at least some enjoyment and respect in her life By telling the narrative through Chiyo Golden also allows the reader some insight into the effects that the world and events around Chiyo is having on her subconsciously through her thoughts and actions which she both does and does not pick up on herself hence showing the reader the alteration in Chiyos development and perspective in life When Sayuri is taken from her childhood home in Yoroido she begins to lose her childhood innocence and view life from a different outlook so developing earlier and thus in a different way than if shed stayed there During those first few days in that strange place I dont think I could have felt any worse than if Id lost my arms and legs than my family and my home I had no doubt my life would ever be the same again Deliberately Goldens simile here compares Chiyos loss of family and home to the thought of losing her arms and legs the only parts of the body that enable a person to move around and care for themselves If Chiyo had lost her
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