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Au­thor: Nat­suo Kirino Pub­lisher: Vin­tage Books ISBN: 9780099488934

AU­THOR Kirino has suc­cess­fully pulled me into the world of bit­ter­ness she has cre­ated in Grotesque.

Her story and char­ac­ters were so en­gross­ing that I was ea­ger to know the out­come of the story, and it kept me turn­ing the pages.

The novel is writ­ten from the per­spec­tive of an un­named nar­ra­tor, who tells the story about two peo­ple in her life – her younger sis­ter, Yuriko, and her class­mate, Kazue.

Fun­nily enough, the nar­ra­tor hates both of them, and with great in­ten­sity. The two, also strangely enough, be­came pros­ti­tutes and were killed by the same man.

When I started read­ing the novel, I found the char­ac­ters to be both self­ish and self-cen­tred. Like the nar­ra­tor, I started to dis­like them in­tensely.

But af­ter fin­ish­ing the novel, I hated them a lit­tle less.

If you read be­tween the lines, you will be­gin to un­der­stand that all of the char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing the mur­derer, were starved of love and af­fec­tion, and sadly, they looked for these in all the wrong places.

The novel is far from per­fect. There are some chap­ters that seemed to drag on.

But I find I can over­look this be­cause, some­how, the novel has cap­tured my at­ten­tion and I will prob­a­bly read it again.

Still, I must warn you that this bit­ter, grotesque world cre­ated by Kirino may not be every­one’s cup of tea. – Bissme S.

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