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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Do the suffocating pressures of Japanese society produce monsters? Why would a career woman at an elite firm lead such a double life? Kirino starts exploring possible answers in one microcosm of Japanese society she calls school Q thought to represent Keioand the coping mechanisms of four female students there.
At this elite school, which runs its own kindergarten, the pecking order is determined by a complex formula that takes into account family background, personal style, brains and beauty. Yuriko, the daughter of a Swiss father and a Japanese mother, glides through with her unearthly beauty.
The limits of such strategies become evident 20 years on. Mitsuru graduates from the University of Tokyo medical school but enters an Aum Shinrikyo-like cult and ends up in prison.
Yuriko becomes a model, but as she ages she ultimately ends up in street prostitution.
Onee-chan fails in her grotesquee to become a translator and ekes out a living working grtesque at a ward office. But she becomes disillusioned after being shut out of any significant role, and turns to the sex business at night. Eventually, both Yuriko and Kazue are killed by a sex customer, the illegal Chinese worker Chang. As time goes on, she becomes crazier and crazier as her rage at the company and the society that betrayed her takes over her life.
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Chang repeatedly talks about the fate of the Chinese being determined by where they were born. By being born into a family where mother and father had no respect for each other?
Or by being born into a supposedly classless society that encourages innocents like her to think that drive and effort alone can take one to the top — and that not being at the top is shameful? In contrast, Onee-chan, doomed like Kazue to always remain one step away from grasping the gold ring, and further warped by living in the shadow of her beautiful sister Onee-chan is never even given a name in the bookis blessed — or cursed — with a practical knowledge of how the world works that the exasperatingly obtuse Kazue lacks.
Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
Rather than railing against the injustice of how things are and wreaking a self-destructive revenge, she becomes more venomous and shriveled in spirit with each passing year.
In interviews with DaVinci Sept. Had such gender expectations and fantasies among men been a burden on the woman? When she heard the victim had an eating disorder in high school, she imagined a psychic wound had been lingering from that time. She set out to write about high school life in an exaggerated, manga -like way but was startled to later learn that this portrayal was closer to reality than she had thought.
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. She feels there are people like Kazue who are obsessed with how other people see them and with how to get ahead of others.
Kirino had grotesquf doing a modern-day caricature of society as a sort of female war story of cohorts killed in action in a new battle of the sexes. Although she viewed it primarily as a book for women, she reports to Henshu Kaigi Oct.
‘Grotesque’ cuts too close to the bone
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