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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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Return to Book Page. Preview — Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino. 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.

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I’ve reached page with the revelation that I didn’t care about the back story of the characters so skipped ntsuo somewhere in the s and started reading the court case and discovered I seriously didn’t care, so my question is should I bother continuing with it and most importantly, does it improve? Jedimaster The answer to this question is always the same.

‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone

Just stop reading and move on to something else. Why would you read something you “seriously don’t …more The answer to this question is always the same. Why would you read something you “seriously don’t care about”? There are tons of fascinating books ny there. Are there any situations with graphic accounts of sexual assault? I have to ask this, jus like going to a restaurant and asking if there is shellfish in the kitchen allergy. Falyn There are a few sex scenes, mostly they are awkward and uncomfortable.

There are a few maybe grotesqhe that I can recall scenes that are violent. I have …more There are a few sex scenes, mostly they are awkward and uncomfortable. I have definitely read more graphic scenes but they may still be upsetting depending on the reader. See all 6 questions about Grotesque…. Lists with This Book. Apr 05, James rated it it was amazing. This is the 5th. And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced. That is, she’s walking down the street, see’s a man she’s attracted to, and begins to wonder what a baby would look like if she had one with him.

Do women all around the world think like this? I think this book went over the heads of most readers; almost everything in the book is either a lie or a delusion. For readers that “willingly suspend disbelief”, this can be a challenge. Because the author gives multiple accounts of the major events in the book the reader can judge what the truth is. This book has the same major themes that her book OUT has: The curious phenomena that people are unable to see their own actions and character as clearly as other people can.


The author doesn’t like the class gy in Japan where people born into the lucky sperm club can get into the good schools and have connections to get the good jobs. She doesn’t like the status of women in Japan, and unlike the libbers in America who tried to make women look better than men, this author does the opposite: Without change they can only expect more monsters. Bt that destroy themselves and others. I think this is one of the few great books of our generation and future generations will consider it one of the great classics.

The first book I’ve read where I wondered why the author didn’t get a nobel prize for literature. The main objection I have to the book is that the translation is poor. So much american slang is used that I needed to remind myself it is a Japanese book about Japanese culture.

There is a note that the book was presented in Japan in a somewhat different form, but details about the differences are not given.

It would be nice to read it in the original Japanese. View all 6 comments. However, as I do not have such a device, I read the occasional translated novel and I come up with a variation of the problem here. Here are a few favourite examples: My greatest joy in life is trying to improve my scores. Yu Wei fought to bite back a sardonic laugh. How could Yurio have been left in the hands of such a monster?

You can see the moustache-twirling and hear the gasps of horror from the audience. I kept expecting that one of the characters would be tied to a railroad track.

So it’s a kind of feminist howl of anger, too. There is no fun to be had here — except to hoot at the various hilariously jaw-dropping zingers which these people say to each other – and here are a few favourites!! Once she turned 18 she became such a stunning beauty she even outdid Farrah Fawcett. For a nymphomaniac like myself, I suppose there could be no job more suitable than prostitution. She looked like some kind of swamp creature.

So even a creature as ugly as this can fall in love? Oh and also, one character who narrates great wedges of this novel is obsessed with physiognomy, so every gosh-darn time she meets someone we get variants of this: Grtoesque head was small, compact and nicely-shaped.

His face had delicate lines, and his nose was high and thin, reminding me of the blade of a finely honed knife. His lips were fleshy, the kind girls would surely find sexy batsuo swoon over.

I nearly ran him over the other day, by the way.

He streaked across the road just in front of my car. Now, flattening your own cat, that would be Grotesque.

This could be Hatter, the resemblance is eerie View all 23 comments. This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial grotesqke, it offers something deeper, darker.


It probes beyond merely what happens and dives into the inner being of those involved in the horrifying set of events that unfold. If I were to coin a name for this genre then I daresay this should be called existential mystery. It transcends the whodunit and mystifies us with whoami.

It threatens the vrotesque and taunts us with questions that we all dread, one men have asked for centuries: Is prostitution an act of courage or cowardice?

If everyone is claiming to tell the truth yet have conflicting stories, who do I believe in? What kind of truth are we searching for? Is there even such a thing? Told in different narratives by multiple characters in a non-linear progression, the truth may never be clear but the path of those who seek it is never dull. Yuriko and Kazue, both alumni of the prestigious Q high school, end up as dead prostitutes in Tokyo.

In the span of a year both killed by the same man, the impoverished Chinese immigrant Zhang.

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One was the Helen of Troy incarnate, a stunningly beautiful girl with an excessive sexual drive, the other a grtoesque daughter, a hardworking intelligent student who lived to please her strict father. How does one arrive from point A to point B? What prompted them to prostitution when they come from such an elite setting?

What has to happen to a woman for her to choose that kind of life? 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 superbly impoverished upbringing, and of course a very nafsuo parentage.

The query of character is given many facets from the stunning nymphomaniac, the vengeful monster, the bullied little sister, and the sacrificial aunt. All play different roles and have different driving forces that started them off the path that led to this precarious occupation, but is anything holding the disparate pieces together? What is the unifying thread in this entangled web of grotesaue debauchery? No doubt this is incredibly sad, but men have the capacity for countering such feelings in a woman.

Still, if sex is the only way natsui dissolve these feelings, then men and women really are pathetic.

Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

I do not know what to make of it. It could mean that women prostitute themselves in order to feel less hatred for the world when she is in the arms of a man, or it could be interpreted as a joyful celebration of her triumphant revenge against a society that tells her that she should be something else yet she proudly defies whenever she sells her body. Both could be true, both can co-exist together. Would it matter if one holds a degree of ntsuo higher than the other?

Probably not, I do not even know if degrees of truth can be different.