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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There is the dynamic between the rich, accustomed girls and the poorer newcomers at Q High School. To ask other readers questions about Grotesqueplease sign up. 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.

So much american slang is used that I needed to remind myself it is a Japanese book about Japanese culture. Encountering an old school friend for the first time in decades, her primary concern is his oily complexion: While one of those girls, the 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.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

One of my favorite aspects of the novel is that there is no omniscient narrator. Lists with This Book. It is, perhaps, in this area that Kirino’s brilliance shines most clearly – in particular in Ms Hirata’s narrative. And you don’t have much of a future. They are all extremely flawed.

Part of the story seems to be an attempt to interpret the life of Yasuko Watanabe, a well paid Japanese economist who was murdered while moonlighting as a streetwalker in Customers who viewed this item also viewed. But the styles of all three are almost uniform with the style of the protagonist. Each one possessed and grotesaue about them that made their tales seem like an inner journey towards a destruction that was apparent to everyone but them; especially Kazue.


It could mean that women prostitute themselves in order to feel less hatred for the world when she is in the arms of a man, or ggotesque could be interpreted as groteeque joyful celebration of natauo triumphant revenge against a society that tells her that she should be something else yet she proudly defies whenever she sells her body.

Recommended only to those who can stomach violence and perversion. As for the background of the story, it was an adaptation of one of the most shocking news in Japan in Murder of Yasuko Watanabe a senior economi I read this book because my teacher recommended it but apparently the why is beyond my comprehension. Is there even such a thing?

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.

On top of that, there is also the challenge of seeing another culture through a book. With narration from Yuriko’s embittered, unattractive sister and through the girls’ journals and diaries Kirino allows their shocking story to unfurl. Boy meets girl, boy wants girl, girl falls in love, girl dies in a fire so that the boy may be thrust into full frontal character development via manpain spectaculair, but how about sex work.

Ordinary is Hassle free. When Out, her first novel to be translated into English, was published here in having already won a kiriino prize at home it was acclaimed for its delicate balance of violence and satire. The first matsuo third are diaries, and the second is a court deposition.

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

View all 9 comments. Also, gratuitous formula sex is conspicuously absent from this book.

Aug 02, Marvin rated it it was amazing. See all 89 reviews. His head was small, compact and nicely-shaped. Grotesque is ostensibly a crime novel by Japanese writer Natsuo Kirinomost famous for her novel Out. The same can be said for the other characters: I have …more There are a few sex scenes, mostly they are awkward and uncomfortable.


What I wanted to share is the extreme responses this book incited in my boyfriend and me. Japanese published in English on February 1, groteeque Kirino has entrusted her tale to matsuo unreliable, manipulative narrator who couldn’t care less about the plot.

Grotesque A novel by Natsuo Kirino. At school the sisters’ lives become entwined with those of Kazue Sato, who believes that everything is possible through effort and work, Mitsuru, a brilliant pupil who seems to sail through life, and the Kijimas – father is a teacher at the school and son, Takashi, a pupil.

Want to Read saving…. It’s because if those men are willing to pay that kind of money to you, Kazue, they must be the type who like monsters. I think this is one of the few great books of our generation and future generations will consider it one of the nnatsuo classics. Here are a few favourite examples: Jealousy and spitefulness color all her feelings and actions.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. My attention was quite strained iirino Zhang’s tale of Chinese hardship it seemed the wrong book to educate the reader about how difficult it is natsyo 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.

Natsuo Kirino, known for her crime fiction in Japan, has turned the genre inside out in this one, only the second of her 19 novels to be translated into English. I can imagine it might be said that this is a translation, but I grtoesque basing my observation on traits that survive translation.

I love reading crime novels from other countries and would definitely want to read Kirino again.