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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‘It really is a complete fabrication’

But no one can adapt perfectly to public opinion. Kirini torture and thrill all at once. The main narrator is the daughter of a Swiss chocolate importer and a Japanese woman.

The narrator did not live up to Q High School expectations, but then she emphatically avoided them, never even trying to succeed in the way the other girls did. View all 6 comments.

With its abrupt title and provocative cover image, Natsuo Kirino’s Grotesque promises all the conspicuous gruesomeness we have come to expect of contemporary Japanese narratives. I just kept on thinking, aren’t you ready to die yet? The main narrator is a woman who is never named. It really is a complete fabrication. You get two people together with all that hate, somebody’s going to kill someone before too long.

It’s stilted and choppy. No, I don’t know Japanese, so yes I missed all the puns and rhymes and whatever other language play Kirino was sub consciously plying. An author’s wri 4.

Yet Kirino is no mere copycat. Her characters are a strange lot, but it’s society that has given them a big push towards their destinies. I remembered the humiliation I’d felt when he tossed me aside after sex.


Others have said it’s too long and not really relevant, and I agree How could Yurio have been left in the hands of such a monster? I have to ask this, jus like going to a restaurant and asking if there is shellfish in the kitchen allergy.

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 I’m hovering between a 2 and 3 star rating for Grotesque.

This book tells the story of the men and women of Fighter Command who worked tirelessly in air bases scattered throughout Britain to thwart the Nazis. This book could have been edited down a hundred pages back when it was written in Japanesebut for what it did offer, I have no regrets for its consuming my attention entirely and will always look forward to further translations of Kirino’s books.

See all 6 questions about Grotesque…. 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.

Maybe one day I’ll be able to read Natsuo Kirino in Japanese, because I don’t think this translation did her justice. Grotesque is an intriguing work.

Grotesque – Kirino Natsuo

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. Yuriko’s diary does show an ability to think for herself that her sister always denied out of oirino.


At heart, a man truly hates a woman who sells her body. Yuriko appears to have been naturally born that way; the others are twisted into it — in large part by Q High School. Svaki put kad bih se probila kroz litanije najmracnijih ludila i pocela suosjecati s mrakom koju odredeni lik nosi, dogodilo bi se nesto jos gore.

Discover what to read next. The book is written in the first person for all parts and follows a woman whose sister and old school friend have been murdered. Of course, no one is forcing girls to accept those rules and enter that sort of competition, but something grotesque within them makes them care about fitting in.

‘It really is a complete fabrication’ – Telegraph

This book shows a different face to mystery, more than the circumstantial kind, it offers something deeper, darker. Everything is too strong for me to accept and despite this is an award-winning novel, I can’t fully digest the contents. With time, the narrator grows to hate almost everyone, her classmates, her parents, co-workers etc.

What has to happen to a woman for natsuk to choose that kind of life?

Jun 01, Dane rated it it was amazing. And the last few bits about how pathetic we are, we men and women who play games of hatred and love totally blind yet assuming airs. View all 4 comments. The girl’s older sister is the unnamed na Grotesque is an exploration of many things.