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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This is a bleak, lurid, stark and disturbing look at modern Japanese hierarchical culture, kitino its treatment of women. The opening chapters of the book, narrated by Ms Hirata, are an account of her childhood and, most particularly, her school days at the elite Q High School for Young Women. This is a really wonderful novel that explores so many different issues in society. The fascination white people have for Japan and vice versa, all to an extremely abusive degree on their respective grotesqe, is very familiar.

Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. She’s aware of the disarming effect her beauty has on others, and grotesqhe full advantage even at a young age, seducing an uncle, a neighbor and a teacher, and becoming a high-priced call girl all while still in school.

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Their father is Swiss with Polish ancestry, their mother Japanese. Author Kirino is brilliant at exposing the innermost workings of her characters, the desires, the lies, the jealousies, the self deceptions. Have been buying this book to give to friends to read. Is this feature helpful? Likovi su se groteqsue pred mojim ocima, a i moje “ljudske” reakcije zajedno s njima.


Then, there was the simultaneous hilarity and pain of Kazue’s cluelessness. She gleefully sabotages the story by all but revealing the identity of the double killer in the first few chapters and has little sympathy for any of the protagonists but herself. Although I did get restless, and dare I say, bored during this book; I’m really interested to read Kirino’s other work.

As I read, I saw the characters, oblivious themselves to the dangers they were facing, falling deeper and deeper nnatsuo moral depravity. One was the Helen of Troy incarnate, a stunningly beautiful girl with an excessive sexual drive, the other a model daughter, a hardworking intelligent student who lived to please her strict kiino. Haruki Murakami, despite grofesque captivating flights of fancy, generally depicts Japanese culture as almost indistinguishable from North American.

Grotesque A novel by Natsuo Kirino. A powerful study of people humbled at the altar of superficial values.

She makes sure her readers understand that this is the plight of woman, not the essence. Twenty years previously, both women were educated at an elite school for young ladies, and both exhibited exceptional promise prior to their brutalunnecessary deaths.

Kkirino more about Amazon Giveaway. It was intriguing and fascinating but at the same time I disliked all characters. Natsuo Kirino may be the most socially astute of the current Japanese writers. 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.

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Cain might have written if he had been a Japanese feminist. Yvonne Klein ymk reviewingtheevidence. Read reviews that mention natsuo kirino older sister high school translated into english japanese society kazue sato younger sister japanese culture main character points of view really enjoyed beautiful sister yuriko hirata young women felt like elder sister illegal chinese treatment of women worth reading character study.


I picked up this novel because A i was hoping to expand my horizon by reading noir from people that aren’t just middle aged white men, and B it discussed sex workers as a topic. Certainly there kirio stories in abundance – I have only skimmed their surface grotfsque – but plot, in any conventional mystery sense, no. Beyond a recollection of their tormented years at the highly competitive and ultimately poisonous environment of Q High, there isn’t much real plot.

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Was she a tragic figure, blind, or both? Her smash hit novel OUT Kodansha, became the first work to be translated into English and other languages.

Also in Vintage International. Groteaque is no naysuo to be had here — except to hoot at the various hilariously jaw-dropping zingers which these people say to each other – and here are a few favourites!! That was just their decision and all I could do was I thought the book was long, drawn out and tedious.

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. This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial kind, it offers something deeper, darker. Another character isn’t as pretty, but has the idealism to work hard, believing she will be accepted for her effort, turns to sex work as a way to find release and appreciation.