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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In it Kirino casts a wary eye on what could be ostensibly viewed as the fundamental cause of many of the ailments found in Japanese society today: None of the characters are sympathetic or even remotely interesting.

It i Natsuo Kirino is an impressive author. Another favorite section is Kazue’s journals. My attention was quite strained by Zhang’s tale of Chinese hardship it seemed the wrong book to educate the reader about how difficult it is for 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. No doubt this is incredibly sad, but men have the capacity for countering such feelings in a woman.

In recent times, I don’t remember any other book that repelled me, as well as took hold of my soul to such an extent, as this one.

When Out, her first novel to be translated into English, was published here in having already won a literary prize at home it was acclaimed for its delicate balance of violence and satire. When I give this book to others, which I will, I will make sure to discuss with them, when they’ve finished, what they thought of the ending. Every man is a dormant Zhang, a potential manipulative exploiting murderer of the woman in his arms. I’m imagining it’s a style that works in Japanese and doesn’t in English.

Because so many of the characters are more or less psychopathic it’s also not entirely convincing as a nation-portrait. Grotesque by Kirino Natsuo. Retrieved from ” https: This book may not be the masterpiece “Out” was, but for anyone who has gone to an elite school on scholarship, striven to remain a petite zero, wanted to excel while recognizing how off-the-mark our values of judgment are, or wondered just how much her body could be worth, reading “Grotesque” is just as powerful an experience as reading “Out” was.


I think the main reason that I’m leaning towards a 2, is that the book felt tedious. The modern Japanese has been turned into something way too worn out. And a sense that this pain would turn into pleasure. 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 really is a complete fabrication’

Accessibility links Skip to article Skip to navigation. That was just their decision and all I could do was 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.

Would you want to torment yourself with bitter Japanese women ranting? Documents purportedly written by other characters – journals, letters, newspaper reports – form large sections of the novel, but our narrator is always the first to discredit them.

Is prostitution an act of courage or cowardice? As Groresque was reading along, I could not help thinking how much more powerful the grotesquee would have been if the story had been more compact.

I want to be clear about my claim here: This book could have been edited down a hundred pages back when it was written in Japanesebut for what it did offer, I have no regrets for its consuming my attention entirely and will always look forward to further translations of Kirino’s books.

Aug 12, Judy rated it did not like it Shelves: His head was small, compact and natauo. Kazue eventually becomes similarly sex-obsessed, though her lust is of a different nature; among the perversely compelling parts of Grotesque are the accounts of them especially Kazue turning tricks, debasing themselves further and further. I guess the reason my teacher would strongly recommend this book is because it’s all about reality and real life. In this novel, Natsuo Kirino also deals with the lives of women in contemporary Japanese society, here through the lens of a cut-throat competitive educational system, the Q High School for Young Women.


They are all extremely flawed. Ordinary people with twisted lives and bleak, grey days and nights.

The narrator tells her story, and theirs and, through diaries and letters and court papers, they and others tell theirs as well and what a bunch of petty, confused, and ugly stories they are. Her characters are a strange lot, but it’s society that has given them a big push towards their destinies. Still, put all together it’s a very bizarre compelling tale.

Si tratta della reazione ai due delitti da parte di una persona meschina che conosceva bene entrambe le vittime. It was published in English intranslated by Rebecca Copeland.

Fordham, the reviewer in The Timeswrites that the book is about women struggling to be taken seriously by men, and their consequent retreat into “coldness, violence and dehumanisation”.

Two points about that. Zhang’s story was just naatsuo effective at characterizing him from his own point of view, that is and really served to drive home a lot of the commentary on various forms of privilege and struggle that underlay the novel. Maybe one day I’ll be able to read Natsuo Kirino in Japanese, because I don’t think this translation did her justice.

It would be nice to read it in the original Japanese.

Grotesque – Kirino Natsuo

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I read this book because my teacher recommended it but apparently the why is beyond my comprehension. Even phrases are repeated. This book peers into the abyss of human conceit. Well, there’s too jatsuo 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.