Out

Out

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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.
Publisher: New York [N.Y.] : Vintage International, 2005
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9781400078370
1400078377
Branch Call Number: FICTION KIRINO 2005
Characteristics: 400 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Snyder, Stephen 1957-

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This mesmerizing novel tells the story of a brutal murder in the staid Tokyo suburbs, as a young mother 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... Read More »


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gobula
Mar 23, 2017

I highly suggest you stay IN and read this book!

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Candaceb108
Mar 30, 2016

I really wanted to like this book, but after almost 200 pages, I just couldn't continue. The author allows the female characters to express the suppressed rage of (Japanese) society. That was valuable. The book wasn't thrilling to me, but plodding. I am wondering if I felt dissonance because the translator is male. It is a feminist book, why a male translator? I am reading her other book, The Goddess Chronicles which is translated by a woman to see if that makes a difference to me.

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rika_hubby
Jul 07, 2015

This book, without a doubt, is a masterpiece. The plot is twisted and unpredicted. The author Natsuo Kirino, is a mastermind behind all those twists.

SLS71 Jul 11, 2013

Just when the book would start to drag, there was a twist or turn I didn't see coming. It was a very dark book, and I wasn't thrilled with the ending, but overall very good.

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ShariqB
Mar 16, 2013

Out, written by Natsuo Kirino, is a thrilling adventure following four women. When a mother working at a factory creating boxed lunches murders her husband she realizes the repercussions of her actions are severe. She seeks the help of her fellow co workers in an attempt to save herself from getting caught. I chose this book at my school when we were doing a novel study and I’m glad I did. The book touches on the subject of the role women have in society in Japan and how they are breaking out of the shell. This book is written very well. The author paints a picture in the readers mind with the various settings and actions that the characters do. The suspense to know that these women can be caught at any time and the thought process behind their actions is very interesting to read about. Many characters that seem to have different personalities all connect in some way. This book doesn’t give a clear cut reason for everything that happens and this is a good thing. It gives the reader a chance to create assumptions and possibilities and this shows the flexibility of the book. The differences between the four women are loud and clear and the reader gets to create a personal attachment to each one. The book touches on the subject of the role women have in society in Japan and how they are breaking out of the shell. The end is very shocking and satisfying. Overall, this was a very good book and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.

stasia03 Jul 21, 2011

Loved this.

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