In a crowded residential suburb on the outskirts of Tokyo, four teenage girls indifferently wade their way through a hot, smoggy summer and endless “cram school” sessions meant to ensure entry into good colleges. There’s Toshi, the dependable one; Terauchi,...more
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I was under the impression that her books that have been translated into English (this one plus Out and Grotesque) were the totality of her novels, but reading the book jacket...more
On one level the central action is the murder...more
I liked the book though it's n...more
Each of the narrators, interestingly, seems to have his or her own troubles with their mother. Toshiko, who goes by the alias Ninna Hori whe...more
Recently, I started having a fascination for noir, both in films and books. I have been looking at noir titles, although I haven't checked out any of them yet.
In the case of this book, I happened to have free time between my classes and decided to go to our library to...more
Four teenagers are crushed under pressure to pass entrance exams that will decide their entire futures, and so they become cold; the world is flat, colorless, a string of tests and study sessions. Unable to confide in their families, they turn to various reckless beha...more
The only character that seemed to have its own distinct personality was Kirarin. She had a different voice than the rest of the characters and felt much more natural; I understood WHY she got involved with 'Worm'. I still don't understand what drove the other characters to...more
The story centers a boy who kills his mother and flees the scene of the crime. He steals the cell phone of a girl who is his neighbor and proceeds to call her and her friends. The story is really only concerned with two things, neither of which held my interest…1. Will the...more
New York: Alfred A. Knopt - 2008
$23.95 (hardback), $9.99 (Kindle)
In Japan the school year begins in April and ends in March of the following year. It consists of three terms, separated by short vacations in the spring and winter, as well as a month-long summer break. Students attend elementary school for six years, middle school for three years and high school for three years.
- Preface, Real World
Things are not good in Tokyo. If we are to believe the grim details in cu...more
In each chapter a different character--Worm, his neighbor Toshi, or one of her friends--picks up the first-person narration. The plot moves surprisingly well given this technique. As each girl reacts differently to the fug...more
I tried reading "Out" by Kirino several months ago but didn't finish b/c it wasn't my thing. But this book seems more of an easy-read-young-adult novel if anything.
Ho capito però che la Kirino non è un'autrice per me.. Ne avevo avuto sentore con "Le quattro casalinghe di Tokyo", ma avevo dato la colpa alla mole eccessiva, alla storia totalmente fuori dalla grazia di Dio e a certe cadute nella narrazione che mi avevano indispettito parecchio.
In realtà, con questa secon...more
Kirino sensei has a way of showing Japan tradition, revealing the inner thoughts of what really happened there. It was simple, but the way she explained it made it seems like it was a big deal. As I was reading this, I keep thinking to myself, what if the same thing happened to one of my friends? Not in a way of killing his/her own mother, of course. Let say for example, Terauchi’s situation. Her mother was i...more
In her novel "Real World," a high school boy nicknamed "Worm" bludgeons his mother to death with a baseball bat for no real reas...more
However, even though this is a book in translation the use of language and story are amazing. I have read one other book by this author and as with that one, I will not easily forget this story. Each chapter is told first person voice, diary style, from one of the Japanese teenagers in the story. The author somehow manages to capture in print the tumult of thoughts and mercurial emotional shifts of...more
Natsuo Kirino's latest noir thriller, a grim look at teen culture, elicited varying reactions from critics. Kirino focuses intently on her characters' inner lives as she delves deeply into their nihilist worldviews and feelings of alienation. But some critics found the angst-ridden, self-absorbed teens melodramatic and unconvincing, their slang-studded dialogue often cringe-worthy. Tension mounts as narrators shift and events are gradually revealed from different perspectives; however, some revi...more
What I did get was a very well written piece of literature about a group of teenage girls who were never the same after that fateful summer (as the cliche goes) but...more