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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. Praise. “Vengefully mesmerizing Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind.” —San Francisco Chronicle “Kirino . “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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Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

As time goes on, she becomes crazier and crazier as her rage at the company and the society that betrayed her takes over her life. The girl’s older sister is the unnamed na Grotesque is an exploration of many things.

After thinking on this book for a few days, my appreciation has continued to increase. Their friends and classmates of the prestigious Q school, their parents and parental friends – all who seemed unsound of mind in varying degrees. Or maybe the translator just wasn’t the best. Kirino turns an unerring eye toward the vicious razors of the adolescent female mind. I have definitely read more graphic scenes but they may still be upsetting depending on the reader.

Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead — both have become prostitutes and both have been brutally murdered. This is a really wonderful novel that explores so many different issues in society. I kept expecting that one of the characters would be tied to a railroad track. I’ve seen some reviews that don’t care for this method, but I think it really keeps the story moving and forces the reader to make connections and view the story in multiple different ways. View all 3 comments.

Then the narrator comes in possession of their personal journals and her life is entwined with theirs to the point of meeting and adopting Yuriko’s handsome but blind son, Yurio. Two points about that. There is a note that the book was presented in Japan in a somewhat different form, but details about the differences are not given.


I just kept on thinking, aren’t you ready to die yet? So it’s a kind of feminist howl of anger, too. In fact, the novel is full of lies and deception as we untangle the events and the lives of the three women.

Do women all around the world think like this? Copeland, Translatortrans. Probably because I’m not used to read this sort of book before and I’m now trying to learn the totally different aspect of humanity.

That was just their decision and all I could do was It engenders a chimeric sort of problem rooted in different backdrops from the confined society of privilege, to the highly competitive corporate structure, the multicultural home, a groteesque impoverished upbringing, and of course a very patriarchal parentage. If some kid came across you in the dark, you can be sure he’d burst into tears.

I still am going to read other books of hers because I still have faith because I love Out so much! The fascination white kiino have for Japan and vice versa, all to an extremely abusive degree on their respective diaspora, is very familiar. Jun 01, Dane rated it it was amazing. Maybe one day I’ll be able to read Natsuo Kirino in Japanese, because I don’t think this translation did her justice. Japanese published in English on February lirino, I admired Kirino for inspiring me to feel so much for her characters, even for Yuriko, who is certainly not the ditsy airhead her older sister wants us to believe she is I also found it hard to believe she was as ghastly as she considered herself in her 30s: Likovi su se blamirali pred mojim ocima, a grltesque moje “ljudske” reakcije zajedno s njima.

Grotessque is a very dark novel on women’s status in modern Japan, with an overpowering sense of doom that permeates the book from beginning to end. It transcends the whodunit and mystifies us with whoami. But the lives of these people were tedious so really I was just feeling the emotion of the novel.


And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced. A ratos complejo de leer pero ufff, intenso.

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 probabl I’m hovering between a 2 and 3 star rating for Grotesque.

There is no fun to be had here — except to hoot at the grotfsque hilariously jaw-dropping zingers which these people say to each other – and here are a few favourites!! The first book I’ve read where I wondered why the author didn’t get a nobel prize for literature.

One of my favorite sections of the book was Zhang’s story of his upbringing and how he came to murder Yuriko and possibly Kazue–we don’t really get a clear answer on that. Books of the Week.

‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone

It would be nice to read it in the original Japanese. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I can imagine it might be said that this is a translation, but I am basing my observation on traits that survive translation. Although I did get restless, and dare I say, bored during this book; I’m really interested to read Kirino’s other work. The lines introducing the passage are: