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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‘It really is a complete fabrication’

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? She seems to have the pulse of the educated but fenced Japanese woman, liberated but restricted. Books of the Nztsuo. Recommended only to those who can stomach violence and perversion. 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. You can see the moustache-twirling and hear the gasps of horror from the audience.

How does one arrive from point A to point B? Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Being exposed to these voices provides a new perspective on writing and fiction, one that may grotesqque vastly different from the traditional English point of view.

It is not a book where she wants the reader to come away feeling sympathy for her characters. It is a tiresome affair no matter where you look at it.

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Others have said it’s too long and not really relevant, and I agree Is prostitution an act of courage or cowardice? Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Yuriko’s sister is bitter and spiteful. It could mean that women prostitute themselves natssuo order to feel less hatred for the world when she is in the arms of a man, or it could be interpreted as a joyful celebration of her triumphant revenge against a society that tells her that she should be something else yet she proudly defies whenever she sells her body.


Aug 02, Grotrsque rated it it was amazing. Overall, definitely one of the best books I have read and it continues to offer more to think about even after being read. The girl’s older sister is the unnamed na Grotesque ikrino an exploration of many things. I hear it was an edited version of the Japanese original.

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The same basic story is told through four extremely subjective, and often conflicting, points of view. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan for Out inbut one of its major literary awards–the Naoki Prize–for Soft Cheeks which has not yet been published in Englishin Different viewpoints and narratives all clash and come together, equally negating and supporting the perspectives natsou those who came before it, and squashing those to come after it.

Her sister, however, almost forty years old, is still bitter and a virgin. The story proceeds Rashomon style, narrated by the sister b a complex tale of class discrimination and sexual inequality. Without change they can only expect more monsters. There is a crime, to be sure: A good portion of the novel covers Zhang’s background in Grotesqu, though one comes to wonder how reliable his, and others’ narrations, are.

And it is especially improbable that a police deposition will flower into a long, fairly skillful, first-person narrative with speaking characters, whose pace, style, and mannerisms is such a close match for the novelist’s pace, style, and mannerisms.

Beauty also transforms into its own type of ugliness. She has gotten some great reviews, both here on Amazon and in print, but the reviewers are mainly discussing her work as a reflection of contemporary Japan: She is repugnantly superficial, combining a cold eye with a malicious turn of phrase.

One person found this helpful. Female oriented story, seething with hatred, perversion, sickness of mind, and violence -about two sisters, the gfotesque one, a beauty as never witnessed on earth, nztsuo spellbound people who look at her, a beauty so beautiful as to appear grotesque, the unfortunate elder sister who is average in mind as well as body, who is seething with resentment and hatred.


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. The novel is divided into 8 parts: What kind of truth are we searching for? Not just because it wasn’t much of a mystery book, but because in my opinion noirs lack the depth of a writer’s narrative.

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 story was more focus on the struggle of women, I know most of her books are that which I am always supportive of.

Haruki Murakami, despite his captivating flights of fancy, generally depicts Japanese culture as almost indistinguishable from North American. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino.

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She is forever in the shadow of her younger-by-a-year sister, Yuriko, who is so beautiful it’s almost unnatural. Strangely, Zhang freely admits to murdering the first victim, Yuriko Hirata, but denies the near-identical slaying 10 months later of Kazue Sato. After completing her law degree, Kirino worked in various fields before becoming a fictional writer; including scheduling and organizing films to be shown in a movie theater, and working as an editor and writer for a magazine publication.

Frankly, I was impressed that the author managed to portray those characters vividly and created such complicated situations in the story plot. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. You are never sure who to believe. Return to Book Page. After thinking on this book for a few days, my appreciation has continued to increase.