Tiny little dango babies 🍡
Been practicing little crochet balls of different colours as a beginning of my little craft inventory. If you'd be interested in something like this being available, let me know!
“Ransom didn’t want to be reminded of Kathmandu. They had spent a month together there, Ransom having just arrived in Asia, looking for freedom in the homeland of fatalism, looking for he didn’t know what — but something more vital in the pallid choice of career.”
St. John’s has declared a state of emergency for all the snow we’re getting, but we’ve had a nice cozy day inside, giving me a chance to finish Jay McInerney’s second novel, Ransom.
Ransom is an American expatriate living in Kyoto pursuing the disciplined way of the karate-ka. It is his way of rejecting the corrupt American society he left behind, and atoning for his involvement in a traumatic incident at the Khyber pass. But he cannot escape America in a Japan obsessed with the West, and he can’t outrun the choices of his past, no matter how hard he trains.
You’d never expect a book like this from the author of Bright Lights, Big City. This tale of an American ex-pat in Japan is rife with intercultural misunderstandings, both humorous and profound. McInerney’s neat prose and acute observations are always a pleasure to read. The plot felt a little aimless at times, but that offered McInerney the freedom to explore Japan with his expat more than a tighter plot might have allowed. I enjoyed this novel about a young man searching for a way to practise his ideals in an inherently corrupt world.
I read the paperback, but as a curio, here it is in hardcover too, the only Vintage Contemporaries book to get the hardback treatment.