Ransom : A Novel (Paperback)

Author: McInerney, Jay

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"Ransom," Jay McInerney's second novel, belongs to the distinguished tradition of novels about exile. 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.
Ransom has managed to regain control, chiefly through the rigors of karate. Supporting himself by teaching English to eager Japanese businessmen, he finds company with impresario Miles Ryder and fellow expatriates whose headquarters is Buffalo Rome, a blues-bar that satisfies the hearty local appetite for Americana and accommodates the drifters pouring through Asia in the years immediately after the fall of Vietnam.
Increasingly, Ransom and his circle are threatened, by everything they thought they had left behind, in a sequence of events whose consequences Ransom can forestall but cannot change.
Jay McInerney details the pattern of adventure and disillusionment that leads Christopher Ransom toward an inevitable reckoning with his fate--in a novel of grand scale and serious implications.


Publisher Random House
Mfg Part# 9780394741185
SKU 30532691
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0394741188
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 0.75T
Author Info
Jay McInerney
Born in Hartford, the son of a corporate vice president, Jay McInerney comes from a privileged background, and spent almost half his childhood in Europe. He attended Williams College and received an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, where he studied with Raymond Carver, initially an influence on his writing. (McInerney admits that, along with many writers of his generation, he wrote imitation-Carver stories for years.) His ultimate inspiration, however, was F. Scott Fitzgerald, a direct influence on his best-selling novel, BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY (for which he also wrote the movie adaptation). In addition to writing fiction, McInerney is also a respected wine connoisseur and has contributed wine columns to various publications.
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Editors Note Jay's clever Japan novel; an American living in Tokyo does battle--psychic and physical.
Annotation Begun before BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITY, but published after its runaway success, RANSOM is the story of a group of young Americans in Japan--in particular, Christopher Ransom. Ransom has fled to Japan to escape a drug deal gone bad, and is a student of karate, hoping the discipline of the martial art will help him find out who he is. His world widens drastically when a young woman needs his help, and his intervention puts his life in danger. Jay McInerney lived in Japan for two years, and his evocations of Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are vivid and convincing.
Editors Note 2 After a tragic experience at the Khyber Pass, American Christopher Ransom settles in Kyoto, Japan, where his life is structured by the rigors of karate and the expatriate circle frequenting an American-style blues bar
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Number of Pages 0288
Publisher Vintage Books

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