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Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
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Aug 02, 2009

it was amazing
Read in October, 2010

a complex tale of class discrimination and sexual inequality. Natsuo Kirino may be the most socially astute of the current Japanese writers. She criticizes many things about Japanese culture; the role of women, the unfairness of the competitive school system, among others. She writes how this dehumanizes the participant, especially women. She does this in a harrowing tale of three women told by the older sister of a murdered prostitute. The story proceeds Rashomon style, narrated by the sister but also told through diaries of the two prostitutes and even their alleged murderer. You are never sure who to believe. In fact, the novel is full of lies and deception as we untangle the events and the lives of the three women. These are unlikable and, as the title states, "Grotesque" women but the power of the tale is in how they became what they are. A unsettling but mesmerizing novel.
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message 1: by Michelle (new) - added it

Michelle 5 stars huh? Woo hoo! Glad I nabbed it for so cheap then. :)

Marvin I'll make sure you get it back Tuesday...and loan you Out.

message 3: by Michelle (new) - added it

Michelle Don't worry about rushing it back. I've got plenty of things to read and do to keep me busy for awhile! :)

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