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. Praise. “Vengefully mesmerizing Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Kirino . “Grotesque” is full of schoolgirls in long socks but blanchingly free of cuteness, a combination we might call Uh-Oh Kitty. Natsuo Kirino started.

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Ordinary people with twisted lives and bleak, grey days and nights. Return to Book Page. A powerful study of people humbled at the altar of superficial values. I have …more There are a few sex scenes, mostly they are awkward and uncomfortable.

Since then, she has written thirteen full-length novels and three volumes of collective short stories, which are highly acclaimed for her intriguingly intelligent plot development and character portrayal, and her unique perspective of Japanese society after the collapse of the economic bubble. None of her characters are particularly likable, but it would be very hard to accuse Kirino of creating empty, flat characters.

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That sounds improbable, I know: As time goes on, she becomes crazier and crazier as her rage at the company and the society that betrayed her takes over her life.

They are among the differences between an ordinary novelist and someone who really controls the medium. Then, there was the simultaneous hilarity and pain of Kazue’s cluelessness.


Perhaps it reminded me too much of what I had seen growing up to shock me. I still am going to read other books of hers because I still grptesque faith because I love Out so much! My attention was quite strained by Zhang’s tale of Chinese hardship it groesque the wrong book grotfsque educate the reader about how difficult it is for immigrants in Japanbut I immediately forgave Kirino when Yuriko’s older sister admitted herself Zhang’s account was tedious and could be skipped I’d recommend others to skim it as well.

Jul 11, Yulia rated grotesquee really liked it Shelves: Looking back on the dogged nature of canine fiction With the success of ‘s “The Traveling Cat Chronicles” joining a clutter of famous feline-linked Japanese tales, cats definitely receive literary affection in Japan. Views Read Edit View history.

View all 6 comments. Frankly, I was impressed that the author managed to portray those characters vividly and created such complicated situations in the story plot. Jealousy and spitefulness color all her feelings and actions. But I feel like the way the story being told was very slow pace that got me very bored rather than interested.

Just stop reading and move on to something else. Kirino’s real concerns are social, not criminal; her true villain is ‘the classist society so firmly embedded in Japan’ which pushes her protagonists along the road to prostitution”. This could be Hatter, the resemblance is eerie The desire to feel something — anything — seems to be the motivating force behind the destructive decisions these three characters make. The story proceeds Rashomon style, narrated by the sister b a complex tale of class discrimination and sexual inequality.

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Would it matter if one holds a degree of truth higher than the other?

‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone

Do women all around the world think like this? So do we really need to be told, on page ! This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only… More about Natsuo Kirino. Now, flattening your own cat, that would be Grotesque.

Despite the bad writing there wasn’t a single boring chapter; if it wasn’t for the translation which went kiirino, this would’ve been a perfect Noir. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. All I can say is, the bloodbound hierarchy’s very familiar. There are tons of discussions on the privileges of family status, wealth, language, beauty, and the constant struggle between the “haves and have nots”.

I remembered the humiliation I’d felt when he tossed me grotesqe after sex.