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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Apr 05, James rated it it was amazing. She seems to have the pulse of groyesque educated gfotesque fenced Japanese woman, liberated but restricted. 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.

He alternately found himself loving the narrator, Yuriko’s sister, for her brutal honesty and hating her for her malice and psychological bullying of Kazue.

Please try again later. Each embellishing their own lives and stories with tinges of self-justification and portrayals of their ideals, every narrative with emotional depth, all with self-righteousness and doses of self-hatred.

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Other Japanese call them “halves” and imply that Yuriko is a mutant. Yvonne Klein ymk reviewingtheevidence. Translation seems too non-original.

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I think the story was more focus on the struggle of women, I know most of her books are that grotesqie I am always supportive of.

All I’m trying to say is that, in fiction, you usually don’t view the oncoming gang rape from all perspectives and follow grogesque and every one of those stalks back to their socially indoctrinated roots of respectability politics.

Copelandprofessor of Japanese literature at Washington University in St. This is as far away from a feel-good novel you can get. It is a tiresome affair no matter where you look at it. This book has the same major themes that her book OUT has: This is a bleak, lurid, stark and disturbing look at modern Japanese hierarchical culture, especially its treatment of women.


But most crucially for a mystery there is an almost complete absence of plot. Mracnija od Atwood 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.

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I’m imagining it’s a style that works in Japanese and doesn’t in English. Their stories don’t gibe, and the lies they tell about themselves and each other are often revealed in the others’ stories. Once she turned 18 she became such a stunning beauty she even outdid Farrah Fawcett.

What kind of truth are we searching for? Natsuo Kirino includes the foreigner characters in her books, a reason to read more of her. Two prostitutes have been murdered in Tokyo.

Probably because I’m not used to read this sort of book before and I’m now trying to learn the totally different aspect of humanity. I felt like non of grrotesque characters was very likable. Benjamin Secher reviews Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino.

Each one possessed and oddness about them that made their tales seem like an inner journey towards a destruction that was apparent to everyone but them; especially Kazue.

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I have never been to japan, nor do i know anyone originating from japan. English Choose a language for shopping. Though her father can ill afford it, she manages to get accepted into the grootesque Q High School for Young Women and opts to remain in Japan with her grandfather when the rest of the family “returns” to Switzerland after his business bankrupts. That in Japan’s stringent, male-dominated culture, “sex is the only way a woman has to control the world”.

I have definitely read more graphic scenes but they may still be upsetting depending on the reader.

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It also made my boyfriend and me think concurrently of the people we loved in our own lives who were heading towards the same fate as Kazue and Yuriko, not through prostitution but through drugs. They are all extremely flawed. I apologise for this unprofessional opening, but it is necessary to convey right at the start that this is a very extraordinary book.


To be honest, I’m glad I’m the one reading these books, not the one writing them; I don’t think I’d sleep too well at night. 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: I just kept on thinking, aren’t you ready to die yet? They torture and thrill all at once.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. See all 6 questions about Grotesque…. 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.

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. While one of those girls, natsyo most brilliant and driven, gravitates towards terrorism and finds redemption through love, the other three, all of them misfits in their own right, are only able to assert their own power as women via prostitution ans sexual exploitation.

Is this feature helpful? See all books by Natsuo Kirino. Ms Hirata and Yuriko are ‘halves’ – the Japanese name for the off-spring of mixed marriages; their father was Swiss, of Grotesqeu extraction, their mother Japanese.

She is repugnantly superficial, combining a cold eye with a malicious turn of phrase.

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