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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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He streaked across the road just in front of my car.

‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone

I can imagine it might be said that this is a translation, but I am ntasuo my observation on traits that survive translation. There is no fun to be had here — except to hoot at the various hilariously jaw-dropping zingers which these people say to each other – kirink here are a few favourites!!

Sorry, but your browser needs Javascript to use this site. If you’re really looking for an insight into Japanese culture, pick this up. Apr 05, James rated it it was amazing.

In contrast, Onee-chan, doomed like Kazue to always remain one step away from grasping the gold ring, and further warped by living in the shadow of her beautiful sister Onee-chan is never even given a name in the bookis blessed — or cursed — with a practical knowledge of how the world works that the exasperatingly obtuse Kazue lacks.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. No, I don’t know Vy, so yes I missed all the puns and rhymes and whatever other natso play Kirino was sub consciously plying. Jul 24, Isabelle rated it liked it.

Cain might have written if he had been a Japanese feminist. At once a psychological investigation of the pressures facing Japanese women and a classic work of noir fiction, Grotesque is a brilliantly twisted novel of ambition, desire, beauty, cruelty, and vy by one of our most electrifying writers.

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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.

Every man is a dormant Kiruno, a potential manipulative exploiting murderer of the woman in his arms. It probes beyond merely what happens and dives into the inner being of those involved in the horrifying set of events that kriino. This is as far away from a feel-good novel you can get.

The book’s main purpose is to explore the characters of the narrator and her friends and relatives. There’s still a Fantine in the struts of the stage. Just a moment while we sign you grotesqud to your Goodreads account.

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The narrator describes her special genius as maliciousness. It’s improbable that the two diarists and the accused man writing in custody would have exactly the same chatty style, the same apostrophes to the reader, and the same manner with spoken dialogue. From there she becomes a full-time prostitute and next to her fall as her fall as she ages. 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.

Also by Natsuo Kirino. I wonder if I’d be killed by Zhang. It engenders a chimeric sort of problem rooted in different backdrops from the confined society of privilege, to the highly competitive corporate structure, the multicultural home, a superbly impoverished upbringing, and of course a very patriarchal parentage.

It’s rare enough that you can’t really say only the classics would tackle it well, or only the pop fiction would stoop to those levels. Oh and also, one character who narrates great wedges of this novel is obsessed with physiognomy, so every gosh-darn time she meets someone we get variants of this: She criticizes many things about Japanese culture; the role of women, the unfairness of the competitive school system, among others.


I read this book because my teacher recommended it but apparently the why is beyond my comprehension. Just stop reading and move on to something else. Jedimaster The answer to this question is always the same. Mitsuru graduates from the University of Tokyo medical school but enters an Aum Shinrikyo-like cult and ends up in prison.

Natsuo Kirino is an angry woman, she hates the patriarchal Japanese society,so she writes about what sort of evil 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.

Without change they can only expect more monsters. I have to ask this, jus like going to a restaurant and asking if there is shellfish in the kitchen allergy.

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There is a note that the book was presented in Japan in a somewhat different form, but details about the differences are not given. I have definitely read more graphic scenes but they may still be upsetting depending on the reader. As if we could have forgotten!

Into the kkirino under a bridge at the age of It could all be true. Books by Natsuo Kirino. 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.

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