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
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
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
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.
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
I'll still try Out by this author, but I really didn't like this book's view on youth these days. Even though I admit I don't know the current st...more
Si alternano i capitoli in cui emergono le studentesse con i propri differenti profili psicologici:
Toshi è la ragazza più diligente del gruppo; Yuzan dopo la perdita della madre rivela un carattere mascolino, ma ben cela alle amiche la sua natura sessuale; Terauchi ostenta un carattere forte ma sotto il guscio vi è una grande fragilità; Kirarin invece è attratta...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.
Well I think the story itself is not very complex, for people who love dark books so much like me this can even be considered as a 'light' reading and it's definitely the reas...more
At the risk of sounding like another jaded teenager: I've been there and I've done that. Terauchi is the one I can sympathis...more
Worm seems at first a creepy, dangerous, psychotic and completely insane killer but turns out he was just under so much oppression and stress coming from the control-freak mother. Toshi, a girl that appears happy-go-lu...more