Okay this has no relevance to books but I had an awesome day today. Nothing particularly amazing happened it was just a great normal day if that makes any sense what so ever. Basically my friend made me some awesomely delicious cupcakes, I did some christmas shopping, saw a film and got a free hobbit poster (which is pretty damn cool btw) and I GOT AN OFFER FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENT!!! Couldn’t be happier right now!
So I wrote a post about my disappointment of The Casual Vacancy but I ploughed through it and I’ve gotta say I’m glad I did! I finished it a week ago whilst on a road trip and I couldn’t actually put it down! I read it for the whole 3 hour journey!
It was getting more pacing about the last 1/3 of the book then it got really good! *SPOILER ALERT* The part where Krystal was busy shagging Fats in the bush, whilst Robbie was left alone was the most exciting part of the story! (Not because I’m a massive pervert) but because Robbie ends up walking off on his own and long story short, drowns in the river. Then Suhkvinder the quiet hero, jumps in and tries to save him, putting herself in danger. She succeeds but it’s too late and Robbie dies. As if that wasn’t sad enough Krystal can’t handle the grief and stress she is now under so decides to take a massive heroine shot, killing herself. I have to say J.K really knows how to pull on peoples heartstrings!
But yeah I have to say the last 1/3 was the best and it definitely picked up. I can sort of see why Rowling decided to build the story slowly as you do really learn about the characters (although she may have dragged it out a bit too much). I also thought that beginning and ending the story with a funeral was a nice touch. 3/5 for this one!
Memoirs of a Geisha has got to be one of my favourite books, I think it’s probably due to the fact that it’s not like a book I’ve read before. I read it last year and absolutely loved it!
The book follows the story of a fisherman’s daughter called Chiyo, who after the death of her mother, gets sent away from her family to become a Geisha. However, after trying to escape from the Okyia to run away with her sister (who was forced to become a prostitute) Chiyo loses her ‘privilege’ to become a Geisha, as she is caught falling from the Okyia roof. Forced to become a slave to the Okyia, Chiyo is naturally depressed, however her life changes when she meets the Chairman. Long story short a famous Geisha called Mameha sponsors Chiyo allowing her to become a Geisha, but Hatsumomo is determined to ruin her by what ever means possible.
I did find however that there were parts of the book where I struggled to picture certain places or objects because I’m not that familiar with Japanese culture. However I found that I was completely absorbed into the story and whenever things happened to Sayuri I felt like they were happening to me too. The way Arthur Golden describes things really makes my imagination run wild and really paints a clear image in my head. The fact that the story was based around real Geisha’s and stories, makes some of the gruesome parts even more shocking! All in all Memoirs is an awesome read and I would recommend it to anyone!
P.S. Don’t watch the film in place of reading the book as I felt that it really didn’t capture the atmosphere of the Okyia and it’s a little bit too Hollywood in parts!