Review : The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino

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In a poor ancient Japanese island culture, Natsuo Kirino shows primitive religious power regimes as a specific example of social structures which are inimical to human life. Finding love, freedom and personhood means escaping their male dominated rules, which only a heroic few seek to do, but this in turn forces cycles of betrayal and bitterness which haunt human life from beyond the grave. It’s a gripping plot. Her female goddess dispenses retributive, vindictive death. There is, according to Kirino’s myth, no redeeming grace, no ultimate light.

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  1. You know this novel has been sitting on my boseohklf for years, since before I went to Japan to live for a year (in 2005), in fact. I bought it thinking, like you, that I’d learn more about everyday life in Japan. I’ve picked it up a number of times since then and never made it past chapter two. I sensed, I think, that it might be too dark for my tastes. Your review certainly confirmed my suspicions. I think I’ll still give it a go (someday), I’ll just have to hype myself up to do it.For something a little less dark, you could try “69″ by Ryu Murakami. It was given to me as a birthday present when I was in Japan and came highly recommended.

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