In the Tokyo suburbs four women work the draining graveyard shift at a boxed-lunch factory. Burdened with chores and heavy debts and isolated from husbands and children, they all secretly dream of a way out of their dead-end lives.
A young mother among them finally cracks and strangles her philandering, gambling husband then confesses her crime to Masako, the closest of...more
Name: Out, アウト、”auto"
After all that build-up it seems like a come-down to say that this is basically a story about four thirtyish, lower-class or lower-middle class Japanese women who work night-shift filling box-lunches in a factory. With the increasingly common globalized life-style, their lives and families are ...more
And then, this whole S&M dark and violent erotic stuff comes out, which threw the entire book in downward-spiral away from ...more
If this book is to be believed, Japanese women are surrounded by chauvinistic, sadistic a-holes, cruelly remote ghosts, or losers who spend all their money with a nasty smirk. Or they are jerks-in-the-making, sullen teenagers who can go a year without saying a single word to their mothers, conveying hate through their angry eyes. At best, they're cowardly, bumbling, social pariahs... or dead.
Also, these ...more
Predictable books are the worst, and for the most part I do not read synopses. I decide what to read based on friend reviews/recommendations and, yes, the absolutely risky business of buying media based on pretty packaging. I dug the cover of this ...more
David Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series.
Women in Japan, where the book is set, are supposed to do all the housework, their outside job, and take care of all the members of the household, ...more
This is just my opinion, but I found "Out" to be poorly written and poorly constructed. Most characters and their reactions weren't credible at all, and the story completely lack of suspense or tension. It was more laughable than gripping.
Not my kind of book at all.
Set in 1990's Japan, somewhere in Tokyo, OUT revolves around four middle aged women working night shift in a factory. They're all unhappy with their disappointed lives, abusive husbands, depressed kids and lousy jobs. There are lot of characters but it is centered around, as the blurb says, ringleader, ...more
I may have thought it was amazing because I have lived in Japan for nearly three years and I felt like I could identify with the characters. I picked up on cultural subtleties that made me laugh and made me cringe. I rolled my eyes at Japanese women being Japanese women in the book and I cheered when they broke free from that mould - even though breaking free meant that they were ostracized from society and ...more
These four unassuming women are the heroines of Natsuo Kirino's novel OUT, ...more
So many horror writers are bad horror writers because they pack everything onto the back of one horse, horror, and run it to the end. Once a horrific event is reduced to print, it's not the same as horror, so needs more. For me the horrific in itself is rarely enough.
Folks might reasonably quibble over whether Out is a horror ...more
Out is not that. Out is not even on the same planet as that, and yet it grabbed me by the shoulders and shook, hard, ...more
It took me much longer than originally anticipated to finish reading Out. On paper, this book has everything I love: dark humour, murder, suspense, a Japanese setting. Unfortunately though, this wasn't the standout read I was hoping for, but one with many peaks and troughs.
The initial storyline drew me in: a woman who is abused by her husband ends up killing them, then enlists the help of her night shift co-workers to help her dispose of the body. It's a really awesome idea, and I ...more
I think that this book would work for a lot of people, but I found it kind of disappointing. I found it hard to connect with these characters. I kept thinking how I would react and act and think differently ...more
Since bad decisions and escalating consequences was my middle name in college, this was right in my wheelhouse.
Surprisingly dark and even funny at times with well-developed characters and an intricately woven plot line. Crime fiction thrillers are pretty ...more
But let me tell you, this is one of the best, most well-written, most layered books I have read in a long time.
Masako Katori is one of the best female protagonists I have come across. She is complex, she is almost unknowable, and that ...more
The way Natsuo Kirino ...more
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"Yes," said Masako, giving her a bleak look. "It's like riding downhill with no brakes."
"You mean, there's no way to stop?"
"No, you stop all right - when you crash.”