#MicroblogMondays #1 – Memoirs of a Geisha Thoughts

I read Memoirs of a Geisha this weekend – you can see my review here.

I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it (I even dreamt about it) and just this morning I realized why: it left too much unresolved.

For one, she never found Satsu. Many authors would have reunited the pair in the end, but instead he left this wound open and completely unanswered. Secondly, Nobu got the shaft – big time – despite everything he did for her. That one really gets to me – he literally saved her life, and she STILL hurt him…in the worst way possible. Thirdly, they allude to but don’t really acknowledge or confirm the baby boy.

So, while it was a great book, I am not sure I’m such a fan of the lingering thoughts and aftermath. It’s almost like when you drink/eat something that tastes really good, but then it leaves a bad after taste…leaves you confused and unsure if you really enjoyed it, and whether it was really worth it.

I’m going to watch the movie to see if it portrays it any differently.

Have you read it? What did you think? Is the movie any different?

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Book Review

Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden

I’ve had this book on my shelf for a year and hadn’t read it – and this weekend, when I was looking for something new to read, I stumbled upon it at the back of my shelf and decided to try it.

Wow. What a fabulous, emotional, hauntingly beautiful book about a life style that is all but extinct.

The book was so well written, at times I found myself forgetting that this wasn’t my life – it was just a book I was reading. It was heart breaking and there were moments where I felt immense despair reading it, and other moments where I experienced excitement and happiness. However, there really isn’t much joy in this book – it’s a haunting memoir about a young girl whose life is filled with tragedy and suffering and follows her flowing with the changes, and overcoming them. It’s refreshing in a sense that Chiyo overcomes immense heart ache and pushes forward when so many others would give up – and no matter how often she is beaten down she still continues. I also had to note that Hatsumomo and my sister in law have a striking number of similarities….lol.

Overall, it is a fantastic book that I would highly recommend to most people – especially women. I aspire to have a sliver of the courage and staying power that Chiyo has when I face the incredibly less tragic obstacles in my life. It reminds me how truly blessed I am!


First posts are always hard to write – so I’m going to make this short and sweet with 10 little facts about me!

  1. I am a seasoned blogger, just starting up a new and fresh space
  2. I read approx. 3 books a month most months
  3. I work in the healthcare sector and love my job
  4. I have OCD – and while I am high functioning, it is a constant struggle
  5. I love music
  6. I am determined to lose at least 50 lbs this year
  7. I HATE ham (I know, who doesn’t love ham???)
  8. Including my in-laws I have 12 grandparents (although, not all living), 54 aunts and uncles, too many cousins to count, three mothers, three fathers, three sisters, four brothers, four nephews and one niece – crazy, right??
  9. I am planning a trip to Ireland this fall and it will be my first time off this continent
  10. I am Canadian!