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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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Her admission to Kirinp High was supposed to be her guaranteed track into Q University and a prestigious life. Natsou seems that the implied author is actually not very introspective, that she is not the best person to write about these characters. Cain might have written if he had been a Japanese feminist. Grotesque in name, grotesque by content. Over the past several years, though, several Japanese writers, including Miyuki Miyabe and Haruki Murakami, have been grotessue into English.

Yuriko had been working as a prostitute all her adult life, starting while still at school, where her stunning beauty compensated for what she lacked in intellect and commanded attention from older men. Copeland, Translatortrans. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only… More about Natsuo Kirino. There’s still a Fantine in the struts of the stage.

Do women all around the world think like this?

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. She seems to have the pulse of the educated but fenced Japanese woman, liberated but restricted.

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The narrator herself is grotesque, and so the novel turns on the old but potentially interesting trope of the unreliable narrator. Is this feature helpful? Natsuo Kirino includes the foreigner characters in her books, a reason to read more of her.


She makes no progress in understanding herself.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

On top of that, there is also the challenge of seeing another culture through a book. Overall the impression is one of an existential bleakness, one way beyond the wildest imaginings of most so-called ‘noir’ writers. Return to Book Page. That was just their decision and all I could do was But to use that kind of device, it is necessary not to make it seem as if the reader doesn’t know it, or might have forgotten it. Even though the women are constantly fighting with each other, constantly hurting themselves and others to get ahead, Kirino is creates her women without recourse to stereotypes or hurtful representation.

I would but from them again. Natsuo really knows her setting which is modern Japanese work setting for women from many different backgrounds. What is the unifying thread in this entangled web of carnal debauchery? The desire to feel something — anything — seems to be the motivating force behind the destructive decisions these three characters make.

We learn that in the first two pages of the book, and whenever she meets someone new she studies their face for signs of their character. As they age, their income dries up and they slowly spin down into a bad spiral, an atmosphere as bleak as any Classic noir novel. I’d like to find out what really happened. Her second book translated into English, Grotesquefeatures a large-as-life Japanese woman’s face on the cover, with a ripple effect that distorts the presumably pretty woman into something eerie.

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

This is the 5th. Zhang’s narrative, while much more pacy than the others, lacks psychological conviction and seemed to be stereotypical, to some degree. Don’t have a Kindle? He alternately found himself loving the narrator, Yuriko’s sister, for her brutal honesty and hating her for her malice and psychological bullying ntsuo Kazue.

Her story is based on a real incident from Her other works are now under way to be translated and published around the world. Hardcoverpages.


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Although I dislike the dirty work those girls have to do in order to make a living, I can’t deny I indeed learn another perspectives from them, and that I was forced to acknowledge that there are various roads in life and what those girls did was choose a way of it.

I was surprised by the sudden ending though. This is succeeded by Zhang’s own ‘confession’, which is in fact his life-story, telling of his passage from dirt-poor poverty in rural China to Tokyo. Read more Read less.

Author Kirino nasuo brilliant at exposing the innermost workings of her characters, the desires, the lies, the jealousies, the self deceptions. This could be Hatter, the resemblance is eerie 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.

I think the main reason that I’m leaning towards a 2, is that the book felt tedious. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. It was published in English intranslated by Rebecca Copeland. The narrator is worst of all, although she’s not the only one playing games of power.

A unsettling but mesmerizing novel. Ordinary people with twisted lives and bleak, grey days and nights. 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 father.

Yuriko had lost her looks and was groveling for cheap tricks in a rough part of Tokyo. She makes sure her readers understand that this is the plight of woman, not the essence. For a nymphomaniac natuso myself, I suppose there could be no job more suitable than prostitution.