A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Grotesque by Kirino Natsuo. 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.

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The story proceeds Rashomon style, narrated by the sister but also told through diaries of the two prostitutes and even their alleged murderer.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

She writes how this dehumanizes the participant, especially women. Some of the characters are too nihilistic that they’d just become prostitutes ’causeyou know, ‘I’m not getting any attention at my workplace’. 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.

Kazue and Mitsuru had considerable professional success, and Yuriko was at least a high-class or at least very expensive call girl. Yuriko and Kazue, two female protagonists who attended the elite Q School, embrace prostitution throughout their lives.

Beauty also transforms into its own type of ugliness. Who are we to judge? Maybe one day I’ll be able to read Natsuo Kirino in Japanese, because I don’t think this translation did her justice. To ask other readers questions about Grotesqueplease sign up. Clubs are cliques, and if Kazue is allowed in the figure skating club it’s only because they’ll take anyone willing to help pay the hefty rink and associated fees — and it doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll really get to join in.

Kirino’s father, being an architect, took the family to many cities, and Kirino spent her youth in Sendai, Sapporo, and finally settled in Tokyo when she was fourteen, which is where she has been res NATSUO KIRINO, born in in Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture was an active and spirited child brought up between her two brothers, one being six years older and the other five years younger than her.


This is a very powerful story, with a very interesting discourse on montruosity, power and sex, but I thought the book was too long, but not in the verbose sense It all boils down to a sense that, alright, since so much is passed over for the sake of beauteous prose, how about the same be held to when it comes to uncommon ideological groundwork.

If only an editor had suggested it was unconvincing and encouraged her that an alternative, though more shocking, would be more in line with the narrator’s character, but that is wishful thinking on my part. 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 While I had loved “Out”, I was interested but certainly not enthralled by “Grotesque”. Want to Read saving….

Two points about that. Books of the Week. How does one arrive from point A to point B? I’ve read a Turkish translation and I was happy with the result, seeing some other reviews here the English translation being choppy- I wanted to congratulate the Turkish translator.

Copeland, Translatortrans. She definitely has a unique, powerful way of constructing characters and their lives. The desire to feel something — anything — seems to be the motivating force behind the destructive decisions these three characters make.

The Apartment Serial Murders case, which involved the brutal killings of two Tokyo prostitutes, has gripped the country, leading to the arrest of a Chinese immigrant, Zhang Zhe-zhong, for the crimes. Into the sex objects that for whatever reason are now being introduced to the world of Self and Self-Worth and expected to strive at four, at fourteen, at the internal hierarchy of growth till a woman’s too old to be worth very much.

I felt like non of the characters was very likable. This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis.

The first and third are diaries, and the second is a court deposition. This one has a Chinese migrant; a bit of insight to poverty ridden Chinese lives, migration, the Japanese treatment towards Gaijins, grotessue.

The world-view behind this isn’t pretty either. There are still spinsters in the halls and beauty in the incest and girlfriends in the refrigerators and nahsuo straining upside down and backwards down the stairs of haunted houses; from the looks of The Tale of Genjitheir lineage has been a long one.


This is one of those times i wish i knew Japanese and not just the word Arigato. Or maybe the translator just wasn’t the best. 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.

So do we grotesquf need to be told, on page ! Kirino brings all of these variables to the forefront in developing her characters and making them understandable.

Grotesque – Kirino Natsuo

nwtsuo Different viewpoints and narratives all clash and come together, equally negating and supporting the perspectives of those who came before it, and squashing those to come after it. And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced.

The main focus seems to on power dynamics. See all 6 questions about Grotesque…. Monsters that destroy themselves and others.

The lines introducing the passage are: 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.

‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone

Kirino’s real concerns are social, not criminal; her true villain is ‘the classist society so firmly embedded in Japan’ which pushes her protagonists along the road to prostitution”. With its abrupt title and provocative cover image, Natsuo Kirino’s Grotesque promises all the conspicuous gruesomeness we have come to expect of contemporary Japanese narratives.

Probably not, I do not even know if degrees of truth can be different. Meanwhile, I found myself rooting nagsuo narrator on as she spoke the cruel truth about the pitiful hopelessness of Kazue’s meritocratic dreams, but a moment later I wondered if that made me a bu 3.

Si tratta della reazione ai due delitti da parte di una persona meschina che conosceva bene entrambe le vittime.