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Ransom [Paperback]

Jay McInerney
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15 Jan 2007
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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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (15 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747585199
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747585190
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A superb and humane social critic'
-- Newsweek

`Cleverly written, intelligent, lively, concise and humorous. And
it gives the reader that final buzz - it's serious' -- Guardian

`One of the most gifted writers of his generation ... whatever he
does makes fascinating reading' -- Observer

`Witty, acerbic and buoyed by observational gifts, McInerney's
writing is never less than deft' -- Financial Times

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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 terror at the Kyhber Pass. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Better than Bright Lights,Big City. 25 Nov 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
An excellent book if you like the idea of honour, tradition and a code of conduct that really means something. But why did it have to happen. Their are too many De-Vito's in the world and not enough Ransom-San's.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The book I wanted to like but couldn't. 24 Aug 1998
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Format:Paperback
Although I am a fan of the author's sense of humor and writing style, I'm often kind of embarassed about sitting down to read another book about a brooding, sarcastic, over-privilidged, young, white male. Ransom is in line with all of the above, which as I previously admitted, I tend to enjoy (albeit abashedly). But each time I turned a page of Ransom, I felt like I was staring at a bad accident. Americans in Japan walking around wearing top knots, kimono and carrying swords? Come on! The author worked in every silly notion about Japan that Americans love to generalize and exaggerate. Bath houses, martial arts, poisonous blowfish, yakuza tattoos...McInerny threw them all into this one, allowing us not a glimpse of Japan but a cross between a bad James Clavell novel and a comic book. Of couse there were a few of those classic quips that you have to read twice so that you can quote them at "the right" moments. Beyond that, this book represents an adolescent, often insensitive few of Japan that, if it wasn't so laughable, would be completely disappointing.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard-faced, hard-edged, hard luck 30 Aug 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Strange, but as a story goes McInerney's insight into one young white American's alienation in Japan should have been a blinder, a corker...but it missed somehwat and became nothing more than jumped-up sci-fi in the East. None-the-less, I am slightly baffled that no other reviewer has seen fit to note one of the most breathtaking and surprising finales in modern writing. So much so, it saves the book from the chop.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Jay McInerney does for karate what Robert Pirsig did for Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. The book centers around the experiences of an American expatriate recovering from a tragic experience in the Himalayas. Ransom's chosen vehicle -- the study of karate under a sadistic sensei -- illuminates his own character and, through the use of flashbacks, how he became who he is. The book's slow and inevitable climax is no less intense for being utterly predictable. Well-written, by turns screamingly funny and achingly touching, this novel deserves a wider audience than it has.
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