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Grotesque

de Natsuo Kirino

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Two prostitutes have been murdered in Tokyo. Yuriko had been working as a prostitute all her adult life, starting while still at school, where her stunning beauty compensated for what she lacked in intellect and commanded attention from older men. Kazue worked for a blue-chip company and had good career prospects, but was unpopular with colleagues and felt isolated. She chose to walk the streets at night where she hoped to get noticed. Twenty years previously both women were educated at an elite school for young ladies, and both exhibited exceptional promise prior to their brutal , unnecessary deaths. How and why did this tragedy occur? With narration from Yuriko's embittered, unattractive sister and through the girls' journals and diaries Kirino allows their shocking story to unfurl. As with Out, Grotesque gets under the skin, and Kirino's analysis of the female psyche grips the reader. The extreme need to succeed, and the vicious desire to be accepted in the bewildering environment of modern life is explored here with acute and chilling insight. Grotesque is a masterful and haunting achievement.… (més)
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This is a difficult book to read. None of the characters come off particularly well, as each of them (most of them women) tell their version of events leading up to, and the subsequent fall out of the murders of two schoolmates, who for various reasons have descended into prostitution.[return][return]Each of the women have their own problems, in being too beautiful, not beautiful enough, wanting something unachievable, having pressure put on them externally and internally to be *more*.[return][return]Found it difficult to get any sympathy for any of the characters (if I remember the previous book "Out" correctly, I think they were a little more sympathetic even if they weren't much nicer). ( )
  nordie | Oct 14, 2023 |
El doble asesinato de dos prostitutas de la mano de un ciudadano chino ilegal rompe el silencio de la hermana mayor de una de ellas. Ésta es su historia. Una biografía marcada por la perturbadora belleza de Yuriko Hirata y su incontrolable magnetismo, así como un recorrido por las motivaciones de dos mujeres que sólo supieron sentirse realizadas a través del comercio de su cuerpo.
  Natt90 | Mar 27, 2023 |
kinda heavy on the heart. exploration on abnormal psychology. some really poetic passages. has noir elements. ( )
  rufus666 | Aug 14, 2022 |
Well-written but wouldn’t recommend, 467 pages of misery.
Favorite passage "A woman who does not know herself has no choice other than to live with other people's evaluations. But no one can adapt perfectly to public opinion. And herein lies the source of their destruction." ( )
  viviennestrauss | Jan 31, 2022 |
One of the more disturbing novels I've read about beauty, class, misogyny, and heterosexuality. It's bleak and pretty relentless in that sense; it can wear you down. ( )
  subabat | Mar 19, 2018 |
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Two prostitutes have been murdered in Tokyo. Yuriko had been working as a prostitute all her adult life, starting while still at school, where her stunning beauty compensated for what she lacked in intellect and commanded attention from older men. Kazue worked for a blue-chip company and had good career prospects, but was unpopular with colleagues and felt isolated. She chose to walk the streets at night where she hoped to get noticed. Twenty years previously both women were educated at an elite school for young ladies, and both exhibited exceptional promise prior to their brutal , unnecessary deaths. How and why did this tragedy occur? With narration from Yuriko's embittered, unattractive sister and through the girls' journals and diaries Kirino allows their shocking story to unfurl. As with Out, Grotesque gets under the skin, and Kirino's analysis of the female psyche grips the reader. The extreme need to succeed, and the vicious desire to be accepted in the bewildering environment of modern life is explored here with acute and chilling insight. Grotesque is a masterful and haunting achievement.

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