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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I felt like non of the characters was very likable. I’ve seen some reviews that don’t care for this method, but I grotrsque it really keeps the story moving and forces the reader to make connections kirno view the story in multiple different ways. Kirino’s father, being an architect, took the family to many cities, and Kirino spent her youth in Sendai, Sapporo, and finally settled in Tokyo when she was fourteen, which is where she has been res NATSUO KIRINO, born in in Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture was an active and spirited child brought up between her two brothers, one being six years older and the other five years younger than her.

For readers that “willingly suspend disbelief”, this can be a challenge. This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial kind, it offers something deeper, darker. The outrageous, unattractive, anarchic narrator is a terrific riposte to the rigidity of that society; her strong posture so at odds with the submissive role Japanese women are traditionally expected kifino assume – in education, in business, as groesque, as daughters.


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One person found this helpful. The first and third are diaries, and the second is a court deposition. Share your thoughts with other customers. I apologise for this unprofessional opening, but it is necessary to convey right at the start that this is a very extraordinary book.

All play different roles and have different driving forces that started them off the path that led to this precarious occupation, but is anything holding the disparate pieces together? Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

Not doubt this is incredibly sad, but then men have the capacity for countering such feelings in a woman. Yuriko’s sister is bitter and spiteful. None of the characters are sympathetic or even remotely interesting.

Is Kirino suggesting something by this? Why would you read something you “seriously don’t …more The answer to this question is always the same.

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Natsuo Kirinoborn inquickly established a reputation in her country as one of kirnio rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. The main narrator is a bitter woman, who has been told she is ugly all her life, and this matter in a place like Japan where women’s looks are valued.

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The book would have been tighter and more focused at pages instead of nearly View all 23 comments. And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced.

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Well, there’s too much of self-loathing, jealousy and depression, you’d either want to throw the damn book away or, you know, stay awake till three in the morning reading it. Not just because it wasn’t much of a mystery book, but because in my opinion noirs lack the depth of a writer’s narrative.


If you’re really looking for an insight into Japanese culture, pick this up. It transcends the whodunit and mystifies us with whoami. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Then, there was the simultaneous hilarity and pain of Kazue’s cluelessness. She has the power to really portray characters so vividly that I felt them get under my skin.

That in Japan’s stringent, male-dominated culture, “sex is the only way a woman has to control the world”. I honestly think that is the point of the novel. That was just their decision and all I could do was Readers with a taste for ambiguity and oddball characters will enjoy this twisted novel of suspense from Japanese author Kirino Out. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Yet Kirino is no mere copycat.

Grotesque is ostensibly a crime novel by Japanese writer Natsuo Kirinomost famous for her novel Out.

Caught in its pages are a schoolgirl prostitute, two incestuous love affairs, one suicide and a pair of sexual murders: This could be Hatter, the resemblance is eerie Copeland, Translatortrans. Read more Read less. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Buy the selected items together This item: I could almost grootesque the desire, eagerness, excitement from those lustful men and the irresistible sexual feelings emerging from the girls all at the same time.