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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This book is translated from the Japanese by Rebecca Copeland. Another favorite section is Kazue’s journals.

According to Yuriko’s prophecy, at some point a monster-loving man would appear and kill me.

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Vintage February 12, Language: Basically this part was more interesting than High-school girls doing malignant shit. But he liked monsters. Even phrases grktesque repeated.

Books by Natsuo Kirino. The son of the Q’s biology professor becomes Yuriko’s pimp. It seems that the implied author is actually not very introspective, that she is not the best person to write about these characters.

Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato kirinoo around among them, trying to fit in. If only an editor had suggested it was unconvincing and encouraged her that an alternative, though more shocking, would be more in line with the narrator’s character, but that is wishful thinking on my part. I honestly think that is the point of the novel.

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It very soon becomes apparent that Ms Hirata is an extremely unreliable narrator. Another character isn’t as pretty, but has the idealism to work hard, believing she will be accepted for her effort, turns to sex work as a way to find release and appreciation.


Read reviews that mention natsuo kirino older sister high school translated into english japanese society kazue sato younger sister japanese culture main character points of view really enjoyed beautiful sister yuriko hirata young women felt like elder sister illegal chinese treatment of women worth reading character study. The narrator herself is grotesque, and so the novel turns on the old but potentially interesting trope of the unreliable narrator.

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While I had loved “Out”, I was interested but certainly not enthralled by “Grotesque”. Natsuo Kirino is an angry woman, she hates the patriarchal Japanese society,so she writes about what sort of evil monsters women can become instead of ‘men are pigs’. See all books by Natsuo Kirino.

Ships from and sold by Amazon. At least I’m assuming it didn’t, because I struggled with the language more often than not. For readers that “willingly suspend disbelief”, this can be a challenge. It is a tiresome affair no matter where you look at it. She looked like some kind of swamp creature. The narrator is untroubled by this event—she is so insistently miserable natssuo little truly troubles her except her own plight—and refuses to go to Switzerland for the funeral.

Mracnija od Grotesquue u bilo koje doba dana, ali me podsjeca na nju jer su sve nijanse mraka koje se nalaze unutar korica ispisane predivnim stilom i kombinacijama razlicitih formi.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. You’re going to have to quit your job at the firm before long because no one’s going to be able to bear looking at you. 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? Write a customer review. The girl’s older sister is the unnamed narrator, and her account of the events is unreliable in comparison to what was written in Yuriko’s diary.


Refresh and try again. This book may not be the masterpiece “Out” was, but for anyone who has gone to an elite school on scholarship, striven to remain a petite zero, wanted to excel while recognizing how off-the-mark our values of judgment are, or wondered just how much her body could be worth, reading “Grotesque” is just as powerful an experience as reading “Out” was. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

With its abrupt title and provocative cover image, Natsuo Kirino’s Grotesque promises all the conspicuous gruesomeness we have come to expect of contemporary Japanese narratives.

Was she a tragic figure, blind, or both? But there is little detective work here, as the murderer quickly confesses, and actually very little discussion of the crimes themselves. But I feel like the way the story being told was very slow pace that got me very bored rather than interested. Kazue is her opposite: But I didn’t get that in this book. Really, the whole book is a side story to the plot. The same can be said for the other characters: Beautiful Yuriko and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres; the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.

Helps a little if you’ve been doing some background reading about Japanese society and high school life. Share your thoughts with other customers.