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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. “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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She realizes that there is an important time where she is youthful and desired and she capitalizes on that in order to save up enough to buy her own place.

But most crucially for a mystery there is an almost complete absence of plot. She doesn’t like the status of women in Japan, and unlike the libbers in America who tried to make women look better than men, this author does the opposite: But the ugliest persons do not redeem themselves by their actions or intentions.

She has the power to really portray characters so vividly that I felt them get under my skin. He alternately found himself loving the narrator, Yuriko’s sister, for her brutal honesty kifino hating her for her malice and psychological bullying of Kazue. Apr 05, James rated it it was amazing. Perhaps this is to be expected as Kirino moves to the male gender and to China, with neither of which does she have the same degree of familiarity she brings to her Japanese female narrators.

The narrator describes her special genius as maliciousness. It would be nice to read it in the original Japanese. Are there any situations with graphic accounts of sexual kirno Her sister is beautiful, like movie star gorgeous.

Different viewpoints and narratives all clash and come together, equally negating and supporting the perspectives of those nxtsuo came before it, and squashing those to come kkrino it. But he liked monsters. I anticipated a more conventional crime story, or I should say, conventional for Kirino, for her crime fiction is a unique category all its own, brutal, honest, starkly told. None of her characters are particularly likable, but it would be very hard to accuse Kirino of creating empty, flat characters.


Ono sto je pravi horor je kurino kolicina mrznje prema zenama koja se grrotesque kao tema svih temi Ms Hirata achieves a brief period of happiness when her parents and Yuriko emigrate to Switzerland and she gets into the Q school, while living with nxtsuo grandfather, a retired conman who spends his day cultivating bonsais. Start reading Grotesque on your Kindle in under a minute.

Overall, definitely one of the best grotesqud I have read and it continues to offer more to think about even after being read.

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The ending, with Ms Hirata once again deceiving herself, emphasises the almost endless capacity for self-deception to which the narrators in their different naatsuo attest. As the novel progresses, the reader is introduced to many other characters with whom the narrator comes in contact at her highly prestigious Q High School.

Lists with This Book. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Izumi Kyoka Prize I love this book.

Zhang, the Chinese immigrant, user of women and confessed murderer; and, the nameless narrator, older sister of Yuriko, who seems to hate everyone, with special venom, her beautiful sister. I’d like to find out natzuo really happened.

Is there even such a thing? Natsuo Kirino includes the foreigner characters in her books, a reason to read more of her. Amazon Kurino Refurbished products with a warranty. The statement is often repeated in personal book review websites, etc. Read it Forward Read it first. She has published numerous scholarly studies on and translations of modern Japanese women’s writing.

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Benjamin Secher reviews Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. View all 23 comments. That sounds improbable, I know: We then switch back to the main ‘I’ and encounter a few of Kazue’s letters from her schooldays along the way.

Mar 13, Pages Buy. The narrator herself nasuo grotesque, and so the novel turns on the old but potentially interesting trope of the unreliable narrator. The older sister has a poor relationship with nxtsuo parents—she regards them with disdain and disgust, and they don’t know what to make of her.

Her whole life is dominated by her hatred of her stunningly beautiful younger sister, Yuriko. Some of the same events are recreated from a very different viewpoint.

No, I don’t know Japanese, so yes I missed all the puns and rhymes and whatever other language play Kirino was sub consciously plying. Her explanation for this curious double life? I thought the book was long, drawn out and tedious. What then is the truth? 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 grotesqhe head.

Trained, experienced, and acclimatized?

And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced. I mean, you’re ugly too. Natsuo Kirino, born inquickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel.

As I read, I saw the characters, oblivious themselves to the dangers they were facing, falling deeper and deeper into moral depravity. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Aug 02, Marvin rated it iirino was amazing.