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 think Kirino does capture t ...more
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
Kirino's Real World gives you a closer look at reality than you might have wanted to get. The books explores issues of blatant materialism, consumerism, how contemporary society seems to be fervently buying, selling, consuming and asks what the effect of this is on children. Society has turned ...more
On one level the central action is the murder ...more
Toshi, Yūzan, Terauchi e Kirarin studiano per prepararsi all'esame di ammissione all'università.
Una mattina il vicino di casa di Toshi uccide sua madre e ruba la bcicletta e il telefonino della ragazza. In seguito tutte le sue amiche riceveranno una telefonata dal Vermiciattolo, soprannome col quale Toshi chiama il suo vicino. E lentamente le quattro si faranno trascinare nel mondo di un assassino, lasciando il proprio come fosse un vestito di cui ci si è stancati.
Something I've loved with each novel she's written is how vivid her description is of Japanese life. I've never felt like she does a half-hearted job at describing anything, no matter how dark or unpleasant it is, which really ...more
I liked the book though it's n ...more
I'd read Out and Grotesque a year or two ago.
Like the other two books, the author uses multiple "unreliable narrators" to tell the story, each person having her chance to tell it.
All but one of the main characters are teen girls,
more than acquaintances but not really friends.
They view each other with very critical eyes.
A clue about their mindset is the nickname give the boy in the story: Worm.
If amerika is a dog eat dog country, try living in japan!
The book is a ...more
Αρχικά να πω ότι αν δεν είχα αυτή την διαστροφή να τελείωνω ένα βιβλίο όταν το ξεκινάω θα το είχα παρατήσει απο τα πρώτα κεφάλαια!!! Είναι απο τις λίγες,ευτυχώς, πολύ κακές αγορές βιβλίου που έχω κάνει!!!
Όταν το αγόρασα ήμουν διστακτική και γι'αυτό καθόταν κάνα χρόνο στο ράφι χωρίς να το έχω αγγίξει...απο τα πρώτα κεφάλαια φαινόταν μεγάλη "πατάτα" αλλά είπα να του δώσω μια ευκαιρία πριν το κ ...more
This book is divided to very few chapters, and each of them is told from the point ...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
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
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
We live in a twisted new world...
This is the grim reality of adolescent life explored by feminist noir master Natsuo Kirino in her third English-translated novel Real World. Here she proves once more that she is an amazing writer, able to immerse herself in the teenage mindset and then speak out that mind with outstanding clarity and remarkable realism.
Like the report of a psychological case study, this book gives a shocking peek into the troubled minds of today's youths. The eight chapters are...more
yep, a review that's right. but for some reason that review was erased. and as i write my reviews on a whim, I cannot rewrite it again.
so I'll tell you what it was about- it was about being lost and lonely and have no one to talk to, it was about being hopeless. which is exactly what this book is all about. and That's the feeling you'll be left with once you read this book, with no hope.
my review (the dead one) came to the conclusion that most people ...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
Dit boek voelt precies voor mij aan als The Virgin Suicides, alleen dan een Japanse uitvoering ervan… met een heel ander verhaal. Dat klinkt wellicht vaag, maar het wekte bij mij diezelfde gevoelens op tijdens het lezen waa ...more