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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This novel never once takes a moralist view, which I find comforting. I kept expecting that one of the characters would be tied to a railroad track. Most of them were hateful, bitte Maybe one day I’ll be able to read Natsuo Kirino in Japanese, because I don’t think this translation did her justice. Not doubt this is incredibly sad, but then men have the capacity for countering such feelings in a woman. I know, the gender dichotomy’s old hat and really not as ingrained as the present Eurotopia would like to believe, but there’s still a Lolita in the halls of the classics.
Are they all beacons of truth revealing grootesque hidden self they have masked for no one else to see or are they all telling lies covering our eyes with reconstructed mists of wishful thinking?
If I were ever to deny a man, I would stop being me. That in Japan’s stringent, male-dominated culture, kirion is the only way a woman has to control the world”. Why would a career woman at an elite firm lead such a double life?
You’re just going to keep falling lower and lower. They are among the differences between an ordinary novelist and someone who really controls the medium. Kirino’s father, being an architect, took the family to many cities, and Kirino spent her youth in Sendai, Sapporo, and finally settled in Tokyo when she was fourteen, which is where she has been res NATSUO KIRINO, born in in Kanazawa Ishikawa Prefecture was an active and spirited child brought up between her two brothers, one being six years older and the other five years younger than her.
She doesn’t like the status of women in Japan, and unlike the libbers in America who tried to make women look better natsuoo men, this author does the opposite: Recommended only to those who can stomach violence and perversion.
Today, Kirino continues to enthusiastically write in a range of interesting genres. The main narrator is the daughter of a Swiss chocolate importer and a Japanese woman. I guess the reason my teacher would groteesque recommend this book klrino because it’s all about reality and real life.
But I see this was intentional on Kirino’s part, to make the reader struggle between our or my wanting Kazue to just give up on life and our feeling ashamed for our coldness and complicity in her bullying. Into the sex objects that for whatever reason are now being introduced to the world of Self and Self-Worth and expected to strive at four, at fourteen, at the internal hierarchy of growth till a woman’s too old to be worth very much.
Had such gender expectations and fantasies among men been a burden on the woman? A lot of the time I just felt irritated that they were all so detestful and didn’t want to spend my time reading about them. This, her second, finds her reaching further still: The narrator herself is grotesque, and so the novel turns on the old but potentially interesting trope of the unreliable narrator.
The narrator’s parents divorce and she isn’t even sure the Swiss man she knows as her father is her biological fatherand every relationship around her is rgotesque on lust or hatred or using the other person. Kirink man will promise to the woman he is with 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.
I think the main reason that I’m leaning towards a 2, is that the book felt tedious.
Even though the women are constantly fighting with each other, constantly hurting themselves and others to get ahead, Kirino is creates her women without recourse to stereotypes or hurtful representation. Still, if sex is the only way to dissolve these feelings, then men and women really are pathetic. 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 grotexque Grotesque in name, grotesque by content.
Part of why I’m making a distinction between the ease in which the prose conveys itself to my sensibilities and the concepts I parse in between is the whole mess that’s involved whenever translation rears its head. So much american kifino is used that I needed natsui remind myself it is a Japanese book about Japanese culture.
Yuriko becomes a model, but as she ages she ultimately ends up in street prostitution. Different viewpoints and narratives all groteesque and come together, equally negating and supporting the perspectives of those who came before it, and squashing those to come after it.
Now, flattening your own cat, that would be Grotesque. 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.