June 7, 2020

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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You’re just going to keep falling lower and lower. The crime aside, the book succeeds well as a reflection on the position of women in Japanese urban culture.

She has gotten some great reviews, both here on Amazon and in print, but the reviewers are mainly discussing her work as a reflection of contemporary Japan: Can we blame women for wanting to gain a little money when they partake in an affair that is quite dangerous for them? Another favorite section is Kazue’s journals. While attending the trial Ms Hirata meets Mitsuru and Takashi Kajima and catches up with their life stories since school, and through Mitsuru that of Kajima Senior; she also comes to acquire the document which takes up the major part of the final quarter of the book, Kazue’s diaries.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

I know I am Zhang, yet I strain my heart not to be. It i Natsuo Kirino is an impressive author. His lips were fleshy, the kiriino girls would surely find sexy and swoon over.


Each embellishing their own lives and stories with tinges of self-justification and portrayals of their ideals, every narrative with emotional depth, all with self-righteousness and doses of self-hatred.

What is the unifying thread in this entangled web of carnal debauchery? Her sister is beautiful, like movie star gorgeous.

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Zhang’s narrative, while much more pacy than the others, lacks psychological conviction and seemed to be stereotypical, to some degree. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. See all 6 questions about Grotesque….

The grotesqur, with Ms Hirata once again deceiving herself, emphasises the almost endless capacity for self-deception to which the narrators in their different ways attest.

This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial kind, it offers something deeper, darker. The narrator of Grotesque is unnamed and forever lives under the shadow of her younger-by-a-year sister Yuriko, who is unimaginably beautiful and the center of all attention. I mean, you’re ugly too.

Zhang’s story was just extremely effective at characterizing him from his own point of view, that is and really served to drive home a lot of the commentary on various forms of privilege and struggle that underlay the novel.

Really, the whole book is a nztsuo story to the plot.

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Unusual connections—for example, Kazue was a classmate of natsjo older sister—cast doubt on the veracity of individual narrators. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Kirino does a masterful job of showing Kazue’s gradual decline.

Jealousy, malcontent, perversion – Kirino has taken all these things and her characters are built of them, and ,irino alone; her book was a big mixing pot of all things foul. The statement is often repeated in personal book review websites, etc. Oni barem pokazuju vatru, strast i zelju da zgrabe zivot. I have to ask this, jus like going to a restaurant and asking if there is shellfish in the kitchen allergy. All I can say is, the bloodbound hierarchy’s very familiar.


When I give this book to others, which I will, I krino make sure to discuss with them, when they’ve finished, what they thought of the ending.

I was ready for the thriller, suspense and the gory details. But it has its weaknesses. An author’s wri 4. Aug 20, tee rated it liked it Shelves: Other narrators, by means of letters, diaries and reports, are Yuriko, the beautiful sister, the troubled classmate Kazue, and the attractive Chinese “scoundrel” Zhang.

This darkness operates on a number of levels. I hear it was an edited version of the Japanese original. Sections of the book are told from the older sister’s point of view, part from Yuriko’s and Kazue’s diaries the kind of diaries that only exist in novels, detailing every moment of their lives like, well, a novel and part from the perspective Zhang, an illegal Chinese immigrant whose life briefly intersects that of Yuriko and Kazue.