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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Narrator’s sister, a nymphomaniac, prostitute in making, breathtakingly beautiful, is everything her sister isn’t except the fact that she’s also a half ; there’s too much of envy, jealousy and the question of pointlessness of everything. I also struggled with reading a book where every character was so horrible; and not really horrible in an interesting way – like an outrageous gangster, or a powerful, crooked politician; horrible in a way that is similar to the vein of nastiness that probably runs through all of us.

Twenty years previously, both women were educated at an elite school for young ladies, and both exhibited exceptional promise prior to their brutalunnecessary deaths.

Not the best idea, right? I admire its boldness, and its cast of deeply drawn characters. To be honest, I know better than to trust a narrative involving sex workers that wasn’t actually written a member of that particular trade.

I have to say that this is one of the bleakest and most pessimistic novels I’ve ever read. Once she turned 18 she became such a stunning beauty she even outdid Farrah Fawcett.

The two women believed mistakenly? Jealousy and spitefulness color all her feelings and actions. The narrative – the narratives get darker and darker, starting with Ms Hirata’s account of her schooldays and their jealousies, spite and cruelties, Yuriko’s diary of her sex-life and prostitution, Zhang’s life-story though this may be the most unreliable of allbut reaching a nadir with Kazue’s diaries of her double-life as office worker and low-class prostitute – this latter is almost unreadable at times in its unflinching naturalism.


She has the power to really portray characters so vividly that I felt them get under my skin. The book revolves around a girl of mixed heritage Yuriko who is beautiful to the point of unnatural, like she should not even exist on this earth. But I think what we can all agree on is that prostitution stems from hatred: Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

Readers with a taste for ambiguity and oddball characters will enjoy this twisted novel of suspense from Japanese author Kirino Out.

She definitely has a unique, powerful way of constructing characters and their lives. Kazue, despite her education and excellent job, seeks a different form of acceptance as a prostitute by night, hrotesque ultimately to her murder. The novel delves into some of the darkest, most disturbing areas of the human psyche.

Not doubt this is incredibly sad, but then men have the capacity for countering such feelings in a woman.

The story revolves around the murder of Yuriko, the narrator’s younger sister, and Kazue. The older sister has a poor relationship with her parents—she regards them with disdain and disgust, and they don’t know what to make of her. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. View all 23 comments. A unsettling but mesmerizing novel. I’ve seen some reviews that don’t care for this method, grotedque I think it really keeps the story moving and forces the reader to make connections and view the story in multiple different ways.

I have …more There are a few sex scenes, mostly they are awkward and uncomfortable. The Best Books of Let me first say that this is certainly not “out”.

He streaked across the road just in front of my car.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

Svi i sve pripovjedacice su nepouzdane, pa je tim bolje pratiti njihove karaktere dok isti dogadaj prilagodavaju svojoj viziji istine. For readers that “willingly suspend natsyo, this can be a challenge. Though gay, he’s not immune to Yuriko’s beauty, and it’s never clear who is taking advantage of whom.

One was the Helen of Troy incarnate, a stunningly beautiful girl with an excessive sexual drive, the other a natsui daughter, a hardworking intelligent student who lived to please her strict father.


At once a psychological investigation of the pressures facing Japanese women and a classic work of noir fiction, Grotesque groresque a brilliantly twisted novel of ambition, desire, beauty, cruelty, and identity by one of our most electrifying writers. The narrator herself is grotesque, and so the novel turns on the old but potentially interesting trope of the unreliable narrator.

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Unusual connections—for example, Kazue was a classmate of the older natssuo doubt on the veracity of individual narrators. So my conclusion would be that while this is an immensely powerful, and in its original language probably truly great, novel it is not a great mystery; we would need to redefine the meaning of the genre to grohesque it so. A ratos complejo de leer pero ufff, intenso. The desire to feel something — anything — seems to be the motivating force behind the destructive decisions these three characters make.

It’s practically second nature to me now. The seller packaged the book well. None of the characters are sympathetic or even remotely interesting. Is Kirino suggesting something by this? They are among the differences between an ordinary novelist and someone who really controls the medium. She writes how this dehumanizes the participant, especially women. Moreover, it looks like everyone’s writing journals and diaries, well how else would you listen to murder victims?

And the last few bits about how pathetic we are, we men and women who play games of hatred and love totally blind yet assuming airs.

These are damaged, ravaged souls.