Memoirs of a Geisha & American Shaolin

So far I’ve finished reading two books during this break, both provided me with a good amount of entertainment for the past few days, while I took breaks to eat, use my computer, spend some time with my family, sleep (many many hours) and, today, workout.

Memoirs of a Geisha was a fantastic read. The story is very believable up until the very end, but I was nevertheless enchanted by it and I really enjoyed reading it. I was a bit saddened when I found out that the book caused drama because the author mentioned someone in the aknowledgements section, Mineko Iwasaki, that was supposed to remain anonymous. She was a geisha who had helped him fix some of his misconceptions about life as a geisha, and someone he based the main character on. Once he broke his silence vow he even received death threats… scary geishas.  The book is definitely well-written and I’m looking forward to reading similar books at some point.

“American Shaolin was also a great read, written in a more casual story-telling fashion,  it was easy to read and very enriching (including free Chinese cursing lessons). A very entertaining story. The story is real, which makes it much more interesting to read. It made me wonder… should I take a few years off college and just go out and do whatever I want? But relax, mother, I’ll stay in college for now.

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