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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Was she a tragic figure, blind, or both? There were no redeeming qualities, nothing that really made me pity any of them, or want to save them or befriend them. Want to Read Kidino Reading Read. I’m not sure I liked this book. I may have been a rock-bottom whore but the thought of slipping even lower frightened me.

It is a study in evil. How could Yurio have been left in the hands of such a monster? An author’s wri 4.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

Yuriko’s beauty arises in part from a complex genetic equation. 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 senior economi I read this book because my teacher recommended it but apparently the why is beyond my comprehension.

Here is an example: But I feel like the way the story being told was very slow pace that got me very bored rather than interested. She is forever in the shadow of her younger-by-a-year sister, Yuriko, who is so beautiful it’s almost unnatural.

She looked like some kind of swamp creature. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. I have …more There are a few sex scenes, mostly they are awkward and uncomfortable. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan for Out inbut one of its major literary awards–the Naoki Prize–for Soft Cheeks which has not yet been published in Englishin The curious phenomena that people are unable to see their own actions and character as clearly as other people can.


Aug 12, Judy rated it did not like it Shelves: 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 apologise for this unprofessional opening, but it is necessary to convey right at the start that this is a very extraordinary book. It’s a great story to read over Christmas.

And herein lies the source of their destruction. But the ugliest persons do not redeem themselves by their actions or intentions. Her explanation for this curious double life? A unsettling but mesmerizing novel. Are there any situations with graphic accounts of sexual assault?

But consider two things: If only an editor had suggested it was unconvincing and encouraged her that an alternative, though more shocking, would be more in line with the narrator’s character, but that is wishful thinking on my part. If you’ll indulge me, I will quote them here. Trained, experienced, and acclimatized? 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.

Japanese published in English on February 1, She got married to her present husband when she turned twenty-four, and began writing professionally, after giving birth to her daughter, at age thirty. This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial kind, it offers something deeper, darker.

With time, the narrator grows to hate almost everyone, her classmates, her parents, co-workers etc. The two women believed mistakenly? Every man will promise to the woman he is groteswue that he will be good, that he will do nothing but love her, yet deep inside lies the potential for violence and tendency to thirst for dominance and control which, if awakened, will slowly strangle the life and vitality out of the woman, like forceful hands around her throat, until death consumes her wilted body.


Nah, that isn’t any better.

The story revolves around the murder of Yuriko, the narrator’s younger sister, and Kazue. Kirino spends a lot of time dissecting the psyches of these women from multiple angles. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. I had to stop and remind myself that this was fiction and yet, time and again, Natsuo would draw me in.

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Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

I love this book. Grotesque is categorized as a crime novel but I think it’s written in too unconventional of a way to be considered that. Yuriko had been working as a prostitute all grotesqhe adult life, starting while still at school, where her stunning beauty compensated for what she lacked in intellect and commanded attention from older men.

Encountering an old school friend for the first time in decades, her primary concern is natssuo oily complexion: I read this book because my teacher recommended it but apparently the why is beyond my comprehension.

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. She is repugnantly superficial, combining a cold eye naysuo a malicious turn of phrase. According to Yuriko’s prophecy, at some point a monster-loving man would appear and kill me. Have been buying this book to give to friends to read. The narrator herself is grotesque, and so the novel turns on the old but potentially interesting trope of the unreliable narrator.