I've heard very conflicting things about this book. I've heard people say that it's an incredible feat of the imagination that a white male in the 21st century wrote from the POV of a Japanese woman in the 30's/40's, and then I've heard people say the story was too "Westernized" and not imaginitive. Being an English major, I was more interested in the way it was written. Very poetic, with just a few flaws. 1) He way overuses the word "laquer" and 2) He overuses the "such and so must have thought this was very funny, because he/she gave his/her ______ laugh." So what did you think of Memoirs of a Geisha? Incredible feat or unimaginative and too westernized?