Memoir of a Geisha: Afterthought

I just recently watched Memoir of a Geisha and I quite enjoyed the movie (although I was irritated at times).

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Memoir of a Geisha is originally a historic fiction book by Arthur Golden and was later adapted into a movie in 2005. The main character is Chiyo, a poor girl who lived with a sister and her father (mother deceased) in the countryside. They lived in poverty and hardship, thus they were later sold by their own father. They were taken to a place that was bustling with life (something like a town). They were forcefully separated by their seller as they were sold to different districts. Chiyo tries many time to escape with her sister, but fails to do so and is left behind. To her at that moment, she is lost and doesn’t know what to do, but then she encounters a man that changes her life from that point of a household maid to the most popular geisha in the district.

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I really liked the story and the beautiful setting shown in the movie. I was really glad in the end that she was able to find true happiness after so much hardship.

I felt this quote was very fitting for this book: “I had to wonder if men were so blinded by beauty that they would feel privileged to live their lives with an actual demon, so long as it was a beautiful demon.” – Memoir of a Geisha by Arthur Golden.

Mister Pip: My thoughts on it so far

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Usually, the genre I tend to lean towards are action, mystery, adventure, YA (young adults) and fantasy (well, it depends). Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, is a book I’m currently reading and I really enjoy it so far, although surprisingly the genre of the book really isn’t really in my area of interest- It fits itself more into realistic fiction?

Mister Pip explores the adventure of Matilda’s life and her relationship with “Pip” (from the Great Expectations!) on the island of Bougainville as there is a conflict between the villagers and the redskins (rebels). One day, she returns to school after her teacher left away from the war, Mr. Watts, their new teacher reads them daily the Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Matilda and her classmates soon begin to almost ‘share’ their life with Pip, especially Matilda because she grows more attached towards Pip and friendship seems to form between her and the character from the book.

“I had found a new friend. The surprising thing is where I’d found him – not up a tree or sulking in the shade, or splashing around in one of the hill streams, but in a book. No one had told us kids to look there for a friend. Or that you could slip inside the skin of another. Or travel to another place with marshes, and where, to our ears, the bad people spoke like pirates.” – Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones, Matilda

Glass Art!

Glass artists use a variety of techniques to form and mold the glass into  breathtaking  shapes to create these glass art. Some of them are: glass blowing (blowing air in by using a blowpipe and then to shape it with different tools), hot sculpting (shaped with tools to form a sculpture) and cold working (working on glass in their “frozen state”)..etc.

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Glass Blowing (Merriam)

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Hot sculpting 

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Other glass sculptures

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The Lovely Bones review

It took me a while to understand the deeper meaning underneath, but it was quite an enjoyable read. It’s  interesting to read in Susie’s perspective as she’s in heaven and find out what’s happening after her death. I think the author portrayed Susie observing from heaven really well because I constantly got reminded that Susie was actually dead, but not completely dead .

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As the story goes on, her family breaks apart, both emotionally and physically. For example, her dad’s relationship with her mother was gradually detaching and her mother had a ‘love’ affair with Len (the detective), so on and so forth.

It was a surprise to me, but I found myself quite enjoying this book as the story deepened. I recommend it for other teens to read it because I found the idea quite beautiful. (Plus, I loved the movie trailer!)

The Lovely Bones: My thoughts so far…

So far I’ve read till chapter 13 and the story of Susie Salmon seems to get even more intriguing after her death. I didn’t think it would, but the Lovely Bones actually covers a lot to do with teenagers such as their  ‘growing-up’ issues, love and relationship. The part that disturbed me the most was when Susie was raped by her neighbour, Mr. Harvey and the thing is that Mr. Harvey was portrayed as an humble middle-aged old man!… which is actually his cover. He was pretending to be a friendly neighbourhood man, but inside he was a murderer with dark intentions.

This art reminds me of a person with dark intention...Mr. Harvey!

This art reminds me of a person with dark intention..     …..Mr. Harvey!

I’ve begun to loathe Mr. Harvey’s character after reading past a few chapters and I felt Susie’s frustration at the fact that he wasn’t suspected, at all.  The only so far/ one who suspected him was Susie’s father. Her sister supports her father, but she wasn’t wholly supporting Mr. Harvey being the culprit.

The Lovely Bones: the page before chapter 1.

By the title of this post, you might think that I’m going to talk about the prologue, but I’m not. It’s kind of like a foreshadowing. I forgot to include this in my post before, but I’ll do so now separately because I find this page (just a paragraph actually!) important to the lead-up of the story.

‘Inside the snow globe on my father’s desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on the top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, “Don’t worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He’s trapped in a perfect world.”‘

 

I think this is actually a scene of the movie.

I think this is a scene in the movie..

The PENGUIN

The PENGUIN