Life at the prestigious Q High School for Girls in Tokyo exists on a precise social axis: a world of insiders and outsiders, of haves and have-nots. Beautiful Yuriko. “Grotesque” is full of schoolgirls in long socks but blanchingly free of cuteness, a combination we might call Uh-Oh Kitty. Natsuo Kirino started. Other writers, such as Miyabe and Natsuo Kirino, provide insight into elements of Japanese society that are so vastly different from Western culture as to seem.

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The book felt like it went around in circles, nothing ever changed and I found Zhang’s section a welcome reprieve from the bitterness of the main narrator.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? While I had loved “Out”, I was interested but certainly not enthralled by “Grotesque”. The second narrator we encounter is Yuriko, who has left behind a diary which eventually finds its way to Ms Hirata.

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I am unable to say, therefore, whether Natsuo Kirino is in any way a typical writer or is working within genre norms which might exist for Japanese mystery fiction. Retrieved from ” https: Also, gratuitous formula sex is conspicuously absent from this book. How about we instead traverse the lifelines of chick lit beyond that undefined age range of early teens to the liminal space of menopause and delve into the prepubescent rape. This is a novel in which everyone lies.

This is a very dark novel on women’s status in modern Japan, with an overpowering sense of doom that permeates the book from beginning to end. That sounds improbable, I know: She has gotten some great reviews, both here on Amazon and in print, but the reviewers are mainly discussing her work as a reflection of contemporary Japan: Don’t miss it if you like a twisted tale of 2 sisters!


My main problem with the novel is that every single woman in the novel is portrayed negatively. Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind.

Ikrino people with twisted lives and bleak, grey days and nights. Natsuo really knows her setting which is modern Japanese work setting for women from many different backgrounds. Natsuo Kirino is an impressive author. This period of calm is soon shattered when her mother commits suicide and Yuriko returns to Japan, going to live with another mixed-marriage couple, the Johnsons.

Every time I put the book down, I’d take a deep breath; the colour felt like it’d drained from my world. How does one arrive from point A to point B? Readers with a taste for ambiguity and oddball characters will enjoy this twisted novel kiirno suspense from Japanese author Kirino Out.

The book is written in the first person for all grotwsque and follows a woman whose sister and old school friend have been murdered. I think this is one of the few great books of our generation and future generations will consider it one of the great classics.

Start reading Grotesque on your Kindle in under a minute. The author’s overindulgences swell the book to epic proportions where judicious editing might have helped the story find more focus. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

As I was reading along, I could not help thinking how much more powerful the point would have been if the story had been more compact. When both Yuriko and Kazue turn into prostitutes, they are murdered less than a year apart and in the same gruesome fashion.


There are no winners here. Kazue is also irritating because of her nature. She writes how this dehumanizes the participant, especially women.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

And herein lies the source of their destruction. Or maybe the translator just wasn’t the best. Languages Italiano Edit links.

The first and third are diaries, and the second is a court deposition. A lot of the time I just felt irritated that they were all so detestful and didn’t want to spend my time reading about them.

The former, the dim but “diabolically beautiful” daughter of a Swiss father and Japanese mother, starts selling her body while still at school, having discovered she is “abundantly endowed with that certain something that attracts older men”. If anything, things just kept getting more depressing; just when you thought it couldn’t get any more dire, it would, somehow; particularly when it reached Kazue’s accounts.

And a noir novel is a very bad place to understand a different country.

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Tokyo prostitutes Yuriko and Kazue have been brutally murdered, their deaths leaving a wake of unanswered questions about who they were, who their murderer is, and how their lives came to this end. Is there even such a thing? Grotdsque, a way for women to feel some sort of control in a highly patriarchical society, plays a huge role.

None of the characters are sympathetic or even remotely interesting.