Ransom (Flamingo) Paperback – 14 May 1987
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`A superb and humane social critic'
`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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.See all Product description
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You can run but you can NEVER hide!
In my opinion, a book which should ring true to the so-called X- and Y-generation. It deals with troubled family relations, growing up and trying to find a sense of purpose in this 'material world'.
I read this book after having previously read Model Behaviour and Story Of My Life; which both were cynical and witty in that Douglas Coupland-way - but even fluffier and more easily read.
Although I enjoyed the two previous books, I think Ransom is a much more weighty and serious book. You will find some backbreaking humour in this one too, but the main story line is not in any way reliant upon these puns.
So, I guess what I am trying to tell you is:
read this book!
Having read all McInerney's other novels it comes as a surprise that this one is not set amongst the bright lights of New York. This is the story of Ransom, who has been living in Kyoto after travelling in Asia. It soon becomes obvious that he is trying to purge himself of a terrible event that happened on his travels. He takes up karate, lives a disciplined life, with only a few ex-pats for friends.
McInerney carefully draws the reader into the plot, gradually unfolding the drama from Ramon's past and present. Although his novels are usually set amongst the smart set, who it is often difficult to have any feelings for, that is not the case for the main character in this novel. I'm tempted to say the Ransom is one of the best, fully rounded characters McInerney has created. There is a supprising ending and I feel that this is one of his best novels, and would come as a pleasant surprise to those who only know "Bright Lights, Big City" and "The Story of My Success". It's well worth tracking down and baffling why it's the only one of the authors novels yet to be published in the UK.
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