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  • Title: Out
  • Author: Natsuo Kirino Stephen Snyder
  • ISBN: 9781400078370
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Paperback
  • Natsuo Kirino s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.The ringleader of this cover up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of Out and as one of tNatsuo Kirino s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks the help of her co workers to dispose of the body and cover up her crime.The ringleader of this cover up, Masako Katori, emerges as the emotional heart of Out and as one of the shrewdest, most clear eyed creations in recent fiction Masako s own search for a way out of the straitjacket of a dead end life leads her, too, to take drastic action.The complex yet riveting narrative seamlessly combines a convincing glimpse into the grimy world of Japan s yakuza with a brilliant portrayal of the psychology of a violent crime and the ensuing game of cat and mouse between seasoned detectives and a group of determined but inexperienced criminals Kirino has mastered a Thelma and Louise kind of graveyard humor that illuminates her stunning evocation of the pressures and prejudices that drive women to extreme deeds and the friendship that bolsters them in the aftermath.
    Out Natsuo Kirino s novel tells a story of random violence in the staid Tokyo suburbs as a young mother who works a night shift making boxed lunches brutally strangles her deadbeat husband and then seeks

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    1. The night air trembles with a malevolent intensity Something hangs heavy in the humid breeze the stomach churning smell of deep fried tempura prawns sealed inside boxed lunches mingled with something putrid, perhaps the stench of rotting dismembered human limbs hidden away in trash cans The insufferable July heat accelerates decomposition, causes beads of sweat to cling to Masako s neck persistently as she waits in the taut darkness of the deserted parking lot for 3 of her colleagues women who a [...]

    2. Let s start with a few descriptors from the blurbs on the cover nervy, perverse, dark, gruesome, depressing, daring, disturbing, brutal, unsentimental, scathing, gutsy, hair raising You get the picture 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 a lo [...]

    3. There s just something about Japan that produces the grittiest, darkest, scariest, most realistic horror, psychological thriller, and suspense The seedy underbelly of Japanese society is perhaps so successfully portrayed because so little has been embellished And with the dark, empty surburban streets, so much is possible, so much can go unnoticed In Natsuo Kirino s wonderful crime novel, Out, a sharp social commentary on Japan s patriarchal society and the situation for women and foreigners is [...]

    4. What a disappointing ending At first, I was absolutely entralled by the characters and their various relationships The first 3 4ths of the book are filled with so much texture it felt like I was running my hands through a fabric store Most intriguing are the female female relationships ranging from trust to need to fear How I hated Kuniko How I rooted for Masako And then, this whole SM dark and violent erotic stuff comes out, which threw the entire book in downward spiral away from nuance and su [...]

    5. A literary page turner as timely as when it first came out, this biting critique of Japan s social and economic underclass begins when three female co workers are forced to confront the act of a friend against her abusive husband, but evolves into a blistering expos on those whose stories are never told the unseen night shift factory workers who make Japan s endless supply of box lunches women who are swamped in credit card debt but cannot live off their looks, youth, or father s paychecks as pa [...]

    6. Reviewing good books has always been difficult for me Not because I don t know what to say, but because I don t want to say too much Part of the wonder of reading, for me, is discovery, and I want you to be able to discover this book for yourselves 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 one, [...]

    7. good god this is creepy so so interesting but not a perfect book after though, i m going to give it 4 stars tw rape, assault, violence

    8. I keep hesitating between 1 and 2 stars I m going to be generous and say it was ok and it was entertaining enough that I kept reading till the end 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 laughable than gripping.Not my kind of book at all.

    9. Can you say gruesome and violent Holy cow The book blurb tells you a woman kills her husband and then asks her coworkers for help after the fact I felt like I got to know the stories of the wife and her coworkers well enough There is also a concurrent set of characters related to what the deceased husband was up to before his wife had had enough I also felt their stories were were well told Sometimes the story felt a bit slow to me but not in a slogging kind of way, just slow It s hard to explai [...]

    10. Toccando il fondo si pu veramente risalire Sento spesso parlare tante persone di fortuna e sfortuna Quanto fortunato questo ad avere questo, quanto sono sfortunato, capitano tutte a me.Ma la fortuna e la sfortuna nella vita ce la costruiamo un pezzo alla volta, mattone dopo mattone, giorno dopo giorno Purtroppo ce ne rendiamo conto solo quando, improvvisamente, per un evento casuale, siamo costretti a voltarci indietro e a fare il bilancio della nostra vita.In questo romanzo la scrittrice bravis [...]

    11. This book is full of amazingly WRONG situations and I thought it was amazingEVERI 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 thought of as [...]

    12. This is a great book about a group of late shift female co workers at a boxed lunch factory It is extremely effective in portraying the desperation in their day to day lives and shows how even the most gruesome of deeds can become just another yucky job if the pay is good enough It s so violent that, at times, it s almost funny and still very sad and frighteningly realistic as well This was one of those impossible to put down books but it isn t for the faint of heart as it gets quite grisly.

    13. Masako Katori Kuniko Jonouchi Yoshie Azuma Yayoi Yamamoto who are these normal people Well, they all work the night shift at the local boxed lunch factory From midnight until 6 a.m every day they prepare these meals for the office workers and commuters of downtown Tokyo It s not much of a life but they work well as a team and they always snatch the best part of the conveyor belt the easiest jobs, if you will.These four unassuming women are the heroines of Natsuo Kirino s novel OUT, winner of Jap [...]

    14. Isn t it weird how some sensations can be intensified by the presence of another, different, sensation You know, like when you have to pee and you re also really cold 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 For me the horrific in itself is rarely enough.Folks might reasonably quibble over whether Out is a horror novel, but [...]

    15. Out Uma Sa da um romance policial escrito pela escritora japonesa Natsuo Kirino n 1951 , originalmente publicado em 1997, e editado em Portugal em 2007.A trama narrativa centra se em quatro mulheres Masako, Yayoi, Yoshie e Kuniko que trabalham no turno da noite numa unidade fabril de confec o de refei es pr embaladas Quatro mulheres com vidas dif ceis, desiludidas com as implac veis rotinas di rias, algumas delas decepcionadas com os filhos, com problemas financeiros que se acumulam e que se amp [...]

    16. When I caught the words hard boiled on this book s back cover before reading it, can t lie I was less than enthused During my embarrassingly long mystery novel obsession, I ve pinpointed my favorite kind quite precisely cerebral social comedies, preferably written by British women between 1915 and 1965, with levels of gore not to exceed your occasional poisoned crumpet 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, until I tore [...]

    17. Out by Natsuo Kirino is a brilliant Japanese murder mystery that s not much of a mystery at all, at least not a mystery in the sense that we don t know whodunit Whodunit is a pretty, young wife and mother of two named Yayoi who is fed up with her husband Kenji s philandering ways, and decides to strangle him one night in an uncharacteristic moment of rage Assured that her children heard nothing of the struggle, she calls a friend who works the night shift with her at a boxed lunch factory As she [...]

    18. I wanted to like this one than I actually did like it The beginning of the story, learning about Yayoi, Yoshie, Masako, and Kuniko was interesting, and the death and immediate aftermath was interesting, but I just found myself losing interest shortly after that, and struggled to finish 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 in almo [...]

    19. I cannot for the life of me put my finger on what it is about this book that rubs me slightly the wrong way It could be as simple as I didn t enjoy it nearly as much as other readers have, but I think there s to it And it s probably a combination of things the fact that the relationship between the women is clunky, as is their dialogue the fact that people readers think that anytime a female protagonist commits violent acts in literature, it immediately is labeled as feminist the fact that ther [...]

    20. Che cosa scabrosa, che cosa scabrosa Perch gli do 5 Perch non ho nessun motivo per dargli di meno.Questo libro stato un woha Credo di dover cominciare dal principio a raccontare la mia vicenda personale legata a Le quattro casalinghe di Tokyo.Un bel pomeriggio di met Dicembre mia madre sbuca in camera mia con un piccolo bottino di libri appena diventati orfani, e che cercano disperatamente una mammina che li accudisca questi sono Tess d Urberville, Mansfield Park e Le quattro casalinghe di Tokyo [...]

    21. A heartwarming tale of friendship and stepping up to the plate to help a fellow boxed lunch factory worker in her time of need That s what friends are for Well that and body disposal And maybe making a little extra dough in the process Bonus 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 hit [...]

    22. It took me about three months to read this novel For those who know my reading habits, you will be aware that I read fast Inordinately fast, I am told The reason for my lagging pace where this book is concerned was not because it was so bad I couldn t make myself read it, it was because the novel was a bit too realistic, it sucked me in a bit too deeply enough anyway that I had to put it down, recover and then resume reading So from the synopsis you will know that four women work the nightshift [...]

    23. 3.5 stars 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 loved how [...]

    24. Read this book for the scene in the bento factory alone Just do, and you ll never again eat a bento in Japan without thinking of it This is the side of Japan the Japanese media never show The Japanophiles with their obsession with tea ceremony, flower arrangement, anime, manga, samurai, ninja, clothing this is yet another face of Japan and Natsuo Kirino does it wonderfully Wage is low in a country that has some of the highest living standard costs in the world The economy isn t kind to its servi [...]

    25. Asl nda tarz olarak pek tercihim olmasa da bir gerilim filmi izler gibi elimden b rakamadan okudum ger ekten ok ba ar l yazar nce ta lar tek tek koyuyor sonra onlar bi g zel kar t r p n n ze at yor sonra o hengameden hepsini yle bir ekip tek tek diziyor ki bu sihir g sterisini a z a k izliyor insan ve tabi adamlar n yapamad n kad nlar n ba armas da feminizm damarlar n martm yor de il tavsiye edilir, denemeye de er bi gerilim

    26. 4.5 stars This is a deeply disturbing, dark and twisty, gritty psychological thriller Set in the underbelly of Japan it tells the story of 4 women who work the night shift at a boxed lunch factory When one of them kills their abusive husband the others jump into help but things quickly spiral out of control This is not your average female friendship story.

    27. abbiamo cominciato solo perch odiavamo i nostri padri, o la nostra patria, il Giappone non cos Voglio dire che siamo tutti figli perduti, outsider ai margini della societ Il titolo originale Out sicuramente esprime meglio l essenza di questo romanzo i protagonisti sono tutti personaggi ai margini della rigida e misogina societ giapponese Per le donne non semplice riuscire a farsi valere soprattutto se pretendono, in casa come sul lavoro, lo stesso trattamento riservato agli uomini Ogni volta che [...]

    28. I didn t hate the book , but I thought it was just ok I picked it up because I wanted to read a thriller Well, for the first 200 250 pages out of the total of 400 pages , we were told everything we already knew from the blurb on the back of the book Woman works at Tokyo box lunch factory She is abused by her husband She kills him She asks coworkers to dispose of the body No thrills no twists and turns, just elaborating for over 200 pages on the summary that is on the back of the book.I also foun [...]

    29. I don t normally read psychological thrillers The first 50 pages were hard to get into, there were a lot of characters all at once and it felt really dense and intense Also, I should tell you, if you are sensitive to rape scenes in books, this book is not for you.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 ma [...]

    30. Wow, that was insanely creepy Desperation, murder, dismemberment What could you ask for in a crime novel Not sure how I feel about the ending, but you can read my full review HERE

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