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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I’m not sure I liked this book. A complete edition of John James Audubon’s world famous The Birds of America, bound in linen and beautifully presented in a special slipcase. And the murderer’s story is probably a bit longer than it needs to be. She does this in a harrowing tale of three women told by the older sister of a murdered prostitute.

I thought the book was long, drawn out and tedious. These two characters’ fates are dispassionately related in the book’s opening pages by an unnamed figure who knows them both – she is the jealous older sister of Yuriko, and a former classmate of Kazue. Filed in the reading challengecategory “author not originating from Europe or North America”. Ordinary people with twisted lives and bleak, grey days and nights. That sounds improbable, I know: I felt like non of the characters was very likable.

I honestly think that is the point of the novel. Once she turned 18 she became such a stunning beauty she even outdid Farrah Fawcett.

I did not count the number of times she says that — it’s on the order of fifty or sixty. Her other works are now under way to be translated and published around the world.

If you’re really looking for an insight into Japanese culture, pick this up. This grotesqu 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 I love reading crime novels from other countries and would definitely want to read Kirino again. As for the background of the story, it was an adaptation of one of the most shocking news in Japan in Murder of Yasuko Watanabe a kurino economi I read this book because my teacher recommended it but apparently the why is beyond my comprehension.


It is a tiresome affair no matter where you look at it.

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

Mitsuru, another character kiirno graduates the Q School system and continues on to become a physician, joins a cult and is incarcerated after the group engages in numerous terrorist acts. The novel is intriguing for, among other things, its window onto a highly competitive society and the roles assigned to women, which they choose to play or to subvert.

All want control in their lives, and seek it in different ways.

By natsui this site, you agree to the Groteaque of Use and Privacy Policy. In the span of a year both killed by the same man, the impoverished Chinese immigrant Zhang. Monday 31 December The modern Japanese has been turned into something way too worn out. But I see this was intentional on Kirino’s part, to make the reader struggle between our or my wanting Kazue to just give up on life and our feeling ashamed for our coldness and complicity in her bullying.

Natsuo Kirino is an impressive author.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

Natsuo really knows her setting which is modern Japanese work setting for women from many different backgrounds. There are a few maybe two that I can recall scenes that are violent. View all 6 comments. Kirino starts exploring possible answers in one microcosm of Japanese society she calls school Q thought to represent Keioand the coping mechanisms of four female students there. I’m hovering between a 2 and 3 star rating for Grotesque. When I give this book to others, which Grotesqud will, I will make sure to discuss with them, when they’ve finished, what they thought of the ending.

Kidino 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 gortesque. When she heard the victim had an eating disorder in high school, she imagined a psychic wound had nstsuo lingering from that time.

There’s still a Fantine in the struts of the stage. It’s practically second nature to me now. This mesmerizing tale of betrayal reveals some sobering truths about Japan’s social hierarchy. Prostitution, a way for women to feel some sort of control in a highly patriarchical society, plays a huge role.

Open Preview See a Problem? Boy meets girl, narsuo wants girl, girl falls in love, girl dies in a fire so that the boy may be thrust into full frontal character development krino manpain spectaculair, but how about sex work. Although she viewed it primarily as a book for women, she reports to Henshu Kaigi Oct. It’s a dark and disturbing tale, definitely compelling, but it left me feeling empty and somewhat unmoved.


I was ready for the thriller, suspense and the gory details.

Natso is, ostensibly, a crime thriller; its apparent subject the identical murders of two Tokyo prostitutes, Yuriko and Kazue. 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.

But a reader waits, through hundreds of pages, for some rumination, on the part of any of the characters, about what kitino does for them. Tokyo prostitutes Yuriko and Kazue have been brutally murdered, their deaths leaving a wake of unanswered questions about who they were, who their murderer is, and how their lives came to this end.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’ – Telegraph

The only control and power a woman can gain is by relating herself in some way to a man–either she sells herself, she needs the comfort, or she has to throw them off completely. There were no redeeming qualities, nothing that really made me pity any of them, or want to save them or befriend them.

If I were ever to deny a man, I would stop being me. When she sits before her sister’s killer, she is less interested by yrotesque fact that he committed the crime than by his physiognomy “squat, pudgy and bald Because so many of the characters are more or less psychopathic it’s also not entirely convincing as a nation-portrait. She set out to write about high school life in an exaggerated, manga -like way but was startled to later learn that this portrayal was closer to reality than she had thought.