Grotesque 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 and her unpopular unnamed sister ex

  • Title: Grotesque
  • Author: Natsuo Kirino Rebecca Copeland
  • ISBN: 9781400096596
  • Page: 123
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead both have become prostitutesLife 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 and her unpopular, unnamed sister exist in different spheres the hopelessly awkward Kazue Sato floats around among them, trying to fit in.Years later, Yuriko and Kazue are dead both have become prostitutes and both have been brutally murdered Natsuo Kirino, celebrated author of Out, seamlessly weaves together the stories of these women s struggles within the conventions and restrictions of Japanese society At once a psychological investigation of the pressures facing Japanese women and a classic work of noir fiction, Grotesque is a brilliantly twisted novel of ambition, desire, beauty, cruelty, and identity by one of our most electrifying writers.

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    1. Few books start with a crackerjack opening; Lolita, Anna Karenina, The Journalist and the Murdererand Tale of Two Cities are the only other ones I know of. This is the 5th. And for a while she reuses the opening idea when other characters are introduced.An innovative technique.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.His eyes? His mouth? His chin? His ???Do women all around the world think like [...]

    2. THE THREE LEVELS, OR, READING NOVELS IN TRANSLATIONManny Rayner, peerless reviewmeister of , insists that you should learn the language and then read the novels; all translation is ba-a-a-ad! I can’t disagree and if I had a machine which could stop time, I would certainly follow this advice. 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.[Note - see discussion in messages below all about this interesting topic. [...]

    3. If you are coming into this book expecting a mystery novel then I’m sorry to tell you that you are likely to be disappointed. This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial kind, 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 [...]

    4. Recently, in a coffee shop near my home, I overheard one teenage boy intimating to another that if he were to ever marry it would not be to an American woman but a Japanese one because, “… they’re pretty, submissive, and just plain happy to be women.” Noting that more than a few eyelids batted at this exclamation, I wondered how these American teenagers happened upon their conclusions. Kirino’s Grotesque is a tale of two sisters growing up in Japan. Yuriko, the youngest of the pair, la [...]

    5. Grotesco le queda corto a este libro, la cantidad de sentimientos de aversión concentrados en el es increíble, una historia muy cruda, lo recomiendo mucho.

    6. 4.5/5The pain of being treated like a mere object. And a sense that this pain would turn into pleasure.I've noticed an expansion in my reading standards of late that is old enough to have partway integrated itself into instinct, young enough for the instincts themselves to seem of peculiar make. It all boils down to a sense that, alright, since so much is passed over for the sake of beauteous prose, how about the same be held to when it comes to uncommon ideological groundwork. An author's writi [...]

    7. (3.75) The other reviews can reveal what this book is about. What I wanted to share is the extreme responses this book incited in my boyfriend and me. He alternately found himself loving the narrator, Yuriko's sister, for her brutal honesty and hating her for her malice and psychological bullying of Kazue. Meanwhile, I found myself rooting the narrator on as she spoke the cruel truth about the pitiful hopelessness of Kazue's meritocratic dreams, but a moment later I wondered if that made me a bu [...]

    8. Không những xấu mà còn xoàng. Viết theo kiểu nhật kí kiêm hồi kí, để kể về số phận của 4 cô gái, một cách lê thê vài dài dòng. Có cô muốn dùng khủng bố giết người để đạt được tình yêu và hạnh phúc, có cô dùng mại dâm để tự cho mình quyền lực và động lực để sống, có cô xem mại dâm như thỏa mãn tình dục, và cuối cùng người xưng tôi dẫn truyện lại định dùng mại dâm đ [...]

    9. Nhìn bìa sách thì chẳng có gì sợ. Đại ý là những vết cào xước, rạch cứa trên da thịt tạo thành chữ “Xấu” nhưng do vẽ quá xấu nên thành ra nhìn trông xấu Nhưng sờ vào nó thì cũng hơi hơiCon đàn bà thứ nhất làm gái điếm, con đàn bà thứ hai y như vậy, con đàn bà thứ ba cũng hệt như thế.Một người làm điếm khi mới còn trung học. Người nọ làm điếm cho dù giữ vị trí quan trọng ở [...]

    10. 4.5 para nada fue lo que esperaba. A ratos complejo de leer pero ufff, intenso. Es de esos libros que voy a tener que digerir antes de poder escribir una reseña en forma.

    11. Tôi đọc bản dịch của Quỳnh Lê, và rất may, đây là một bản dịch khá trơn tru, rành mạch. Song vẫn còn đôi chỗ xử lý chưa được mượt mà. Thứ nhất, khó tính một chút, tôi thấy có lỗi ở khâu biên tập (edit), nhỏ thôi nhưng nằm ngay một khúc đối thoại cao trào nên dễ thấy và làm đứt mạch cảm hứng của người đọc. Thứ hai, tôi không hiểu sao đại từ xưng hô trong các tiểu thuyết N [...]

    12. While I had loved "Out", I was interested but certainly not enthralled by "Grotesque".Through recollections, confessions and diaries, we follow the destinies of 4 Japanese girls who meet in an exclusive Junior High School and drift apart through adulthood only to be reunited in the end through a trail of murders and sexual crimes. While one of those girls, the most brilliant and driven, gravitates towards terrorism and finds redemption through love, the other three, all of them misfits in their [...]

    13. Grotesque is an exploration of many things. Japanese society, coming of age and also the yearnings / struggles of privileged women. I should probably mention that I read the Chinese translation of this book, and also that I didn't end up finishing the book. I thought the book was long, drawn out and tedious. The book revolves around a girl of mixed heritage (Yuriko) who is beautiful to the point of unnatural, like she should not even exist on this earth. The girl's older sister is the unnamed na [...]

    14. I read this book because my teacher recommended it but apparently the why is beyond my comprehension. The more I read, the more uncomfortable I felt, partly because this book contained a LOT of truths about the unknown secret life of a prostitute, and partly because the author described the dark side of humanity too well that made me feel uneasy. As for the background of the story, it was an adaptation of one of the most shocking news in Japan in 1997---Murder of Yasuko Watanabe(a senior economi [...]

    15. Natsuo Kirino is an impressive author. She has the power to really portray characters so vividly that I felt them get under my skin. I found myself detesting a character as if she was real. I found myself wrinkling my nose in distaste, hating some stupid things a person would keep doing, their blindness I had to stop and remind myself that this was fiction and yet, time and again, Natsuo would draw me in. This is a rare gift and one that Natsuo employs to astounding results in this book. It is n [...]

    16. a complex tale of class discrimination and sexual inequality. Natsuo Kirino may be the most socially astute of the current Japanese writers. She criticizes many things about Japanese culture; the role of women, the unfairness of the competitive school system, among others. She writes how this dehumanizes the participant, especially women. She does this in a harrowing tale of three women told by the older sister of a murdered prostitute. The story proceeds Rashomon style, narrated by the sister b [...]

    17. I'm hovering between a 2 and 3 star rating for Grotesque. I think the main reason that I'm leaning towards a 2, is that the book felt tedious. But the lives of these people were tedious so really I was just feeling the emotion of the novel. 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 [...]

    18. Rating 4* out of 5 stars. This book peers into the abyss of human conceit. "I will launch my boat on a sea of hatred, mye eye on the far shore, wondering when I might make land." Those are the words of the main narrator, who calls herself heartless. I couldn't find her name anywhere, maybe it was mentioned. The story revolves around the murder of Yuriko, the narrator's younger sister, and Kazue. All three women were ones studens at a well-known highschool. It is a study in evil. None of the char [...]

    19. Signs of Lack of Authorial Control, and Their Relation to IntrospectionThis is not the voice of a major novelist. She has gotten some great reviews, both here on and in print, but the reviewers are mainly discussing her work as a reflection of contemporary Japan: in other words, they are reading it as documentary evidence of social phenomena. As a novel, "Grotesque" is fairly poor. Two points about that. 1. In three sections of the book, we read texts written by characters other than the protag [...]

    20. p. 422:"I'm not jealous because you made some money. It's because if those men are willing to pay that kind of money to you, Kazue, they must be the type who like monsters. I mean, you're ugly too. If some kid came across you in the dark, you can be sure he'd burst into tears. And you don't have much of a future. You're just going to keep falling lower and lower. You're going to have to quit your job at the firm before long because no one's going to be able to bear looking at you."Yuriko's eyes [...]

    21. Mracnija od Atwood u bilo koje doba dana, ali me podsjeca na nju jer su sve nijanse mraka koje se nalaze unutar korica ispisane predivnim stilom i kombinacijama razlicitih formi.Groteskna je to studija ljudske psihe i svih onih sitnih, negativnih emocija koje se nakupljaju u zivotima. Traktat je to i o usamljenosti iz koje proizlaze svi ljudski demoni. Svi i sve pripovjedacice su nepouzdane, pa je tim bolje pratiti njihove karaktere dok isti dogadaj prilagodavaju svojoj viziji istine. U pricu up [...]

    22. Önümüzdeki birkaç yılı Kirino okuyarak geçirmek istiyorum. Nasıl anlatsam Gillian Flynn'in evreni okyanusun orta katmanı ve içinizi ürpertecek canlılarla doluysa Kirino'nun evreni okyanus tabanı ve aklınızı alacak canlılarla dolu.

    23. After thinking on this book for a few days, my appreciation has continued to increase. This is a really wonderful novel that explores so many different issues in society. The main focus seems to on power dynamics. There is the dynamic between the rich, accustomed girls and the poorer newcomers at Q High School. There is the dynamic between men who pay for sex and the women they buy. There are tons of discussions on the privileges of family status, wealth, language, beauty, and the constant strug [...]

    24. Grotesque in name, grotesque by content.In recent times, I don't remember any other book that repelled me, as well as took hold of my soul to such an extent, as this one. Female oriented story, seething with hatred, perversion, sickness of mind, and violence -about two sisters, the younger one, a beauty as never witnessed on earth, who spellbound people who look at her, a beauty so beautiful as to appear grotesque, the unfortunate elder sister who is average in mind as well as body, who is seeth [...]

    25. I loved the author's earlier book, OUT, an incredibly compelling, as well as impossibly horrific & beautiful (if a bit too wild and implausible at the very end), novel. GROTESQUE is not as masterful although it is compelling in its own way. In this novel, Natsuo Kirino also deals with the lives of women in contemporary Japanese society, here through the lens of a cut-throat competitive educational system, the Q High School for Young Women. The principal narrator is a "half" (only half-Japane [...]

    26. Maybe one day I'll be able to read Natsuo Kirino in Japanese, because I don't think this translation did her justice. At least I'm assuming it didn't, because I struggled with the language more often than not. It's stilted and choppy. I'm imagining it's a style that works in Japanese and doesn't in English. Or maybe the translator just wasn't the best.I'm not sure I liked this book. It was intriguing and fascinating but at the same time I disliked all characters. Most of them were hateful, bitte [...]

    27. La ricerca degli assassini di due prostitute quasi quarantenni si trasforma in un viaggio nei ricordi di tre decenni densi di umiliazioni, invidie, odio e menzogne. Dalle pagine del diario dell’astiosa e caparbia Kazue, dalle memorie della bellissima e misteriosa Yuriko, dalle deposizioni dell’indagato – immigrato clandestino – Zhang e, soprattutto, dal racconto dell’invidiosa e perfida sorella di Yuriko, più che la verità si delinea il volto di una società classista, fondata sulla [...]

    28. Libro composto da tante tante pagine, eppure non è che io abbia poi molto da dire in merito. Certo non è quello che mi aspettavo: non appartiene al genere poliziesco o mystery, e nemmeno ai campi limitrofi. Si tratta della reazione ai due delitti da parte di una persona (meschina) che conosceva bene entrambe le vittime. Partendo letteralmente dal principio, la narratrice ci racconta l’intera vicenda, coadiuvata dai diari dell’assassino, della sorella, e dell’amica. Per poi ridursi ad un [...]

    29. A well-deserved 4 stars. Review - short version:High school sucks. Girls are complicated. Human are extreme. And the author hates men. Review - long version: Wow, I haven't enjoyed reading such a book for quite some time. The last time I was this engrossed in a book was probably with Tana French's In the woods?? Anyway, this book has many themes, complicated themes: high school life, family life, (mean) girls, social status, ego, sex, pain, etc. and it was extremely depressing. I would not call [...]

    30. I don't think I will be able to clearly articulate how I feel about it. I put the books on my shelves of "Psychology," "Mystery-Crime," "Foreign/translated lit" and "Society/Culture" because it does encompass all this, even as a work of fiction. Or perhaps especially as a work of fiction. This book is told through first-person narratives. There's the initial unnamed narrator who is half Japanese-half Swiss. This story takes place in Japan, though some characters look to their past to events in C [...]

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