A review, and links to other information about and reviews of Grotesque by Kirino Natsuo. 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.

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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. Yuriko thinks that after twenty years of whoring she has it figured out: This is the 5th.

‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone

Ordinary grotfsque Hassle free. She makes no progress in understanding herself. I did not count the number of times she says that — it’s on the order of fifty or sixty.

What is the unifying thread in this entangled web of carnal debauchery? All I’m trying to say is that, in fiction, you usually don’t view the oncoming gang rape from all perspectives and follow each and every one of those stalks back to their socially indoctrinated roots of respectability politics.

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.


Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino

But she becomes disillusioned after being shut out of any significant role, and turns to the sex business at night. While I had loved “Out”, I was interested but certainly not enthralled by “Grotesque”. This, her second, finds her reaching further still: Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino.

I had to stop and remind myself that this was fiction and yet, time and again, Natsuo would draw me in. An angry social commentary on the elitism and misogyny embedded in Japanese society. This book may not be the masterpiece “Out” was, but for anyone who has gone to an elite school on scholarship, striven to remain a petite zero, wanted to excel while recognizing how off-the-mark our values of judgment are, or wondered just how much her body could be worth, reading “Grotesque” is just as powerful an experience as reading “Out” was.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’

After completing her law degree, Kirino worked in various fields before becoming a fictional writer; including scheduling and organizing films to be shown in a movie kieino, and working as an editor and writer for a magazine kiino.

The novel is divided into 8 parts: And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced. Eventually, both Yuriko and Kazue are killed by a sex customer, the illegal Chinese worker Chang.

I guess the reason my teacher would strongly recommend this book is because it’s all about reality and real life. Want to Read saving…. One of my favorite aspects of the novel is that there is no omniscient narrator. Already in high school the narrator felt: Yu Wei fought to bite back a sardonic laugh. Or, to put it another way, we failed to teach our girls the strategies that would enable them to cope with the frustrations of the real world.


I was ready for the thriller, suspense and the grotrsque details. I’ve read a Turkish translation and I was happy with the result, seeing some other reviews here the English translation being choppy- I wanted to congratulate the Turkish translator. Aug 02, Marvin rated it it was amazing.

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Grotesque – Kirino Natsuo

But consider two things: You’re just going to keep falling lower and kifino. Different viewpoints and narratives all clash and come together, equally negating and supporting the perspectives of those who came before it, and squashing those to come after it.

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