Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel by American author Arthur Golden, published in 1997. The novel, told in first person perspective, tells the fictional story of a geisha working in Kyoto, Japan, before and after World War II. In 2005, a film version was released. This novel is about Japanese and Japanese culture, but it is written by a American writer. All these make the novel an alienation of the real story. From the attitude of the real character of Sayuri, we can see that she disagrees how the auther looks upon the job of geisha. As a result, we must read the novel in a critical way. In the terms of the war between Japan and America during WWII, the author clearly writes as a American citizen. He puts much emphasis on the American soldiers staying in Japan with others harmoniously and later the main characters’ yearn for the lives of America. The novel’s sentences are easy to understand, but i am confused what the author tries to express. I can see from the novel that a girl always depends on men and finally succeeds to find a perfect danna (a man support the geisha in every aspect) and her efforts are to learn how to entertain men. Does he try to persuade us girls depending on men to get successful not taking morality into consideration? I am quite confused. In my humble opinion, for most reasons,the author writes the novel to show the Western people the way a geisha lives. As we can see from the novel, the trivial things are described at great length and easy to understand. All in all, the novel is worth reading for those interested in the Japanese culture.