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by Natsuo Kirino

  • ISBN: 0099492687
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Natsuo Kirino
  • Subcategory: Contemporary
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (2006)
  • Pages: 528 pages
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  • Rating: 4.2
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This site is maintained by the author's . publisher Alfred A. Knopf/Vintage Books. Natsuo Kirino, celebrated author of Out, seamlessly weaves together the stories of these women’s struggles within the conventions and restrictions of Japanese society. At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, OUT is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme. At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, OUT is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds, and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.

Published January 4th 2005 by Vintage (first published July 15th 1997). 1400078377 (ISBN13: 9781400078370).

Out (アウト) is a 1997 Japanese crime novel written by Japanese author Natsuo Kirino and published in English in 2004. The novel won the 51st Mystery Writers of Japan Award for Best Novel. The book is currently published by Vintage, part of Random House, in Britain and has been translated into English by Stephen Snyder. The English translation was nominated for the 2004 Edgar Award for Best Novel.

This is the third book I've ready by Kirino. I thought Out: A Novel was amazing and Grotesque (Vintage International) was quite good.

Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her country as one of a rare breed of mystery writers whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan for Out in 1998, but one of its major literary awards-the Naoki Prize-for Soft Cheeks (which has not yet been published in English), in 1999. This is the third book I've ready by Kirino.

Translated by Stephen Snyder. The way to despair is to refuse to have any kind of experience. Calculated at a rate of 125 yen per . dollar, the monetary figures in this book would convert as follows

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Several of her books have also been turned into full-scale movies.

Natsuo Kirino, born in 1951, quickly established a reputation in her own country as one of a rare breed of mystery writer whose work goes well beyond the conventional crime novel. This fact has been demonstrated by her winning not only the Grand Prix for Crime Fiction in Japan–for Out in 1998–but one of its major literary awards–the Naoki Prize in 1999, for Soft Cheeks (to be published in English). Several of her books have also been turned into full-scale movies. Out is the first of her novels to appear in English and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Natsuo Kirino lives in Japan.

Vintage International: Out : A Novel by Natsuo Kirino (2005, Paperback). Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino's award-winning literary mystery Out. 1 оценка товараОб этом товаре. This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.

What?' he said, turning to face him. The menace in his look made the man stop short. Satake took three ¥10,000 bills out of his pocket and threw them down on the sidewalk, then watched, scowling, as he picked them up. There was enough of Yayoi's money to allow this sort of gesture. He wasn't playing pachinko for the money anyway

Nothing in Japanese literature prepares us for the stark, tension-filled, plot-driven realism of Natsuo Kirino's award-winning literary mystery Out.

This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works the night shift making boxed lunches strangles her abusive husband and then seeks the help of her coworkers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime. The coolly intelligent Masako emerges as the plot's ringleader but quickly discovers that this killing is merely the beginning, as it leads to a terrifying foray into the violent underbelly of Japanese society.

At once a masterpiece of literary suspense and pitch-black comedy of gender warfare, Out is also a moving evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds and the friendships that bolster them in the aftermath.


Reviews about Out (Vintage East) (7):
Qane
Out has a base of a hardboiled detective story with a dash of horror and a sprinkle of psychological thriller. It is told through multiple perspectives which allows for the same event to be deconstructed differently. At certain moments the book leaned towards being slow, however, I found it moved quickly at about the halfway point and I sped through the second half much quicker than the first half. At times there were small leaps of faith in both the storyline and the characters, but it all worked well within the story. Out is one of those books whose coincidences and web of people, at times seeming all too "only in a book/movie," worked just perfectly to still be believable. Kirino mixed the mundane with the vicious and showed that there is both a good person and a monster in all of us. For better or worse, most people are capable of anything given certain circumstances. I've often heard (and agree) that reading fiction creates empathy because it forces the reader to look at the world through the eyes of others. Out is a perfect example of this as the reader is forced to live in the bodies of all of the characters - the nice, the violent, the dumb, the optimistic, the overworked, the women, the men, the sad, the angry, the tired - they're all there. The reader is all of them. As the book progresses, the lines become blurred between who is good and who is bad. There is just "is." Out won Japan's top mystery award and I understand why after reading it. 3.5/5
Ttexav
Natsuo Kirino has written a crime-mystery novel, OUT, that's about as brutal and hard-edged as anything I've ever read. Ms. Kirino takes her tale to the very edge, then unflinchingly goes over it.

The story begins innocently enough as we meet four women who work together on the night shift at the local boxed-lunch factory. The author gives us a look into the lives of each of them, and shows us the dynamic that exists among them as co-workers and friends. Masako Katori emerges as the strongest personality, and not unlike the others, has parts of her past she'd prefer to remain secret.

The pivotal event occurs when one of the friends, Yayoi Yamamoto, finally snaps at at the hands of her brutalizing husband and kills him. With the help of her friends, some reluctantly, they dispose of the body. Just how they do it, I won't divulge here, but be prepared, for that and for all that follows. A harrowing thrill-ride into the dark depths of Japanese society. I'll be looking for more from Ms. Kirino, probably her novel GROTESQUE next. Good read!
Melipra
I found the comments of Japriot interesting since they are so consistant with comments I have from a sophisticated and completely bilingual Japanese woman. When I praised this novel to her, she went into a thousand yard stare and asked me who the translator was. Subsequently, although she had not read the English translation herself, she said she did not think such a masterpiece of Japanese literary style could be translated fully into any other language. This was in keeping with my observation that for a novel of the most thououghly aesthetic culture in the world, the style of the story as translated was utterly prosaic and seemed to call for language as extreme as the eventual revelations of the protagonists themselves. I have met at least one other English speaker who has heard this judgment and holds Out in the same high esteem I do. I can only conclude that this fabulous noir masterpiece, with its profound explication of the utterly suppressed ids of two intense people whose energies are held in check by extremely powerful superegos that lead to a confrontation of nuclear intensity, must touch on something that is deeply universal in us in the west as well as the Japanese. The work is a masterpiece of noir, of existentialism, and the expression of the wild deep atavistic nature that lurks in the hearts of all our species. A stunning masterpiece in any language.
Wohald
I love this book. It has such brilliant, slow, steady pacing but you can feel it rushing up to its climax. The author, a woman herself, writes women so well and so believable. The plotting is so dense and complex. The ending I find unsatisfying in that it's incredibly uncomfortable and rapey, but I know people who actively disagree with me and find it fitting. You'll have to decide for yourself. But leading up to the ending, the plot is like a slow freight train, gradually picking up speed and eventually heading towards you at 120mph. I wish more of Natsuo Kirino's books could be translated to English--she's a wonderful author.
Llbery
Great!! Took a chance ordered and It was the first time I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading a book. It starts slow but the plot snowballs really quickly into this suspenseful joy ride. My friends who read it loved it as well!
DireRaven
It is funny that my male friends who read this book said, "I cannot believe women can do such a thing," but I am sure we (women) can do that. This is one of the best crime fiction I have evern read. I don't like the ending, but it is still worth to read.
Ironfire
This book is excellent. Plot, characters, action, resolution. It's nice to read a carefully constructed novel. Each character is unique and stays true to self throughout. Not lazily written. Reading this is time well spent. I read it a while ago, so these accolades will suffice for further description.

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