Ransom

Ransom

by Jay McInerney
     
 

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Living in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Christopher Ransom seeks a purity and simplicity he could not find at home, and tries to exorcise the terror he encountered earlier in his travels - a blur of violence and death at the Khyber Pass. Supporting himself by teaching English to eager Japanese businessmen, Ransom feels safe amongst his fellow expatriates. But

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Living in Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, Christopher Ransom seeks a purity and simplicity he could not find at home, and tries to exorcise the terror he encountered earlier in his travels - a blur of violence and death at the Khyber Pass. Supporting himself by teaching English to eager Japanese businessmen, Ransom feels safe amongst his fellow expatriates. But soon he is threatened by everything he thought he had left behind, in a sequence of bizarre events whose consequences he cannot escape ...

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Library Journal
Hard on the heels of McInerney's celebrated first novel, Bright Lights, Big City ( LJ 10/1/84) comes this tragic tale of a young American in Kyoto. Christopher Ransom, who hates his first name, has spent two years in a karate dojo trying to purge himself of his past and reclaim the spiritual bearings he has lost. He finds, though, that ``You can run, but you can't hide.'' The TV shows the Japanese love most are those produced by his estranged father. He is haunted by the memory of Annette, in whose death he had some complicity. And he's constantly hounded by crazed DeVito, a dishonorably discharged ex-Marine with a samurai haircut, who longs to study kendo with real swords rather than bamboo staves. The comic vision that informed Bright Lights surfaces again here, primarily in Ransom's gaijin amusement with the natives' imitation of anything American. Otherwise, this is a novel of high seriousness. Highly recommended. David Sowd, Stark Cty. District Lib., Canton, Ohio

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307763259
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/17/2011
Series:
Vintage Contemporaries
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Jay McInerney is the author of BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, STORY OF MY LIFE, BRIGHTNESS FALLS, THE LAST OF THE SAVAGES, MODEL BEHAVIOUR, HOW IT ENDED and THE GOOD LIFE. He lives in New York and Nashville.
Jay McInerney writes a wine column for the Wall Street Journal and is a regular contributor to the Guardian, the New York Times Book Review and Corriere della Sera. He has written seven novels, including Bright Lights, Big City, cited by Time as one of the nine generation-defining novels of the twentieth century, two short story collections and two non-fiction books on wine, one of which was the acclaimed A Hedonist in the Cellar. In 2006, he received the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation. He lives in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, New York.

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