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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‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone

I kept expecting that one of the characters would be tied to a railroad track. The older sister is vindictive, jealous and spiteful. Books of the Week. Aug 12, Judy rated it did not like it Shelves: Every man is a dormant Zhang, a potential manipulative exploiting murderer of the woman in his arms.

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I think this is one of the few great books of our generation and future generations will consider it one of the great classics. It threatens the reader and taunts us with questions that we all dread, one men bu asked for centuries: Delve into a teenager’s consciousness with Osamu Dazai’s ‘Schoolgirl’ Published in”Schoolgirl” established Osamu Dazai’s career as a writer.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Zhang’s story was just extremely effective at characterizing him from his own point of view, that is and really served to drive home a lot of the commentary on various forms of privilege and struggle that underlay the kjrino.

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” groteeque just as powerful an experience as reading “Out” was.

Yuriko and Kazue, both alumni of grotesqie prestigious Q high school, end up as dead prostitutes in Tokyo. But the ugliest persons do not redeem themselves by their actions or intentions.

His lips were fleshy, the kind girls would surely find sexy and swoon over. She seems to have the pulse of the educated but fenced Japanese woman, liberated but restricted.


Late capitalism’s going to be very familiar for who knows how long, rape culture plus globalization is resulting in this whole family tree of genome clusters and distinctively mutated fuckery, and that training to highly educated perfection with society’s respect on the one hand and the highly disguised need to exist on the other?

So I had high expectations coming into this book. Just stop reading and move on to something else. What I wanted to share is the extreme responses this natsu incited in my boyfriend and me. Beauty also transforms into its own type of ugliness.

‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone | The Japan Times

Is prostitution an act of courage or cowardice? These are unlikable and, as the title states, “Grotesque” women but the power of the tale is in how they became what they are. Monsters that destroy themselves and others. And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced. As a novel, “Grotesque” is fairly poor.

There are a few maybe two that I can recall scenes that are violent. The story revolves around the murder of Yuriko, the narrator’s younger sister, and Kazue. Od svih tih hodajucih, mrtvaca koji su vec digli ruke od sebe, najvise zivota u sebi imaju “ubojica” i “prostitutka”.

Every man will promise to the woman he is with that he will be good, that he will do nothing but love her, yet deep inside lies the potential for violence and tendency to thirst for dominance and control which, if awakened, will slowly strangle the life and vitality out of the woman, like forceful hands around her throat, until death consumes her wilted body.

I strained my eyes to see. What has to happen to a woman for her to choose that kind of life? I also struggled with reading a book where every character was so horrible; and not really horrible in an interesting way – like an outrageous gangster, or a powerful, crooked politician; horrible in a way that is similar to the vein of nastiness that probabl I’m hovering between a 2 and 3 star rating for Grotesque.

How about the mixes and all their monstrous and rapeable glory. I loved how this book took a hold of me and shook me and left me feeling the after-effects. When she heard the victim had an eating disorder in high school, she imagined a psychic wound had been lingering from that time. Jedimaster The answer to this question is always the same. Readers with a taste for ambiguity and oddball characters will enjoy this twisted novel of suspense from Japanese author Kirino Out. Jealousy, malcontent, perversion – Kirino has taken all these things and her characters are built of them, and them alone; her book was a big mixing pot of all things foul.


Part of why I’m making a distinction between the ease in which the prose conveys itself to my sensibilities and the concepts I parse in between is the whole mess that’s involved whenever translation rears its head. She got married to her present husband when she turned twenty-four, and began writing professionally, after giving birth to her daughter, at age thirty.

Trained, experienced, and acclimatized? I have definitely read more graphic scenes but they may still be upsetting depending on the reader.

This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only… More about Natsuo Kirino. This mesmerizing tale of betrayal reveals some sobering truths about Japan’s social hierarchy. Frankly, I was impressed that the author managed to portray those characters vividly and created such complicated situations in the story plot. 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.

Feb 12, Pages Buy. The first and third are diaries, and the second is a court deposition. I guess female noir might just be my new favourite genre. View Full Version of PW. I have …more There are a few ggrotesque scenes, mostly they are awkward and uncomfortable. Here is an example: His head was small, compact and nicely-shaped.

Prostitutes are not a problem, the problem lies with the kind of environment we live in which still sees women as commodity and lets them see the benefits of such an action because that is the best choice they can make given their situations. Her other works are now under way to be translated and published around the world. A ratos complejo de leer groresque ufff, intenso.