Ransom

Ransom

by Jay McInerney

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394741185
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/1985
Series: Vintage Contemporaries Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.19(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Jay McInerney is the author of eight novels, two collections of short stories, and three collections of essays on wine. His latest book, Bright, Precious Days, was published in 2016. He lives in New York City and Bridgehampton, New York.

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Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A better narrative than Bright Lights, Big City. I enjoyed the karate scenes and the interaction with the Japanese. The ending, however, totally spoiled the book.