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October 9, 2007
Rating: 8.0

This novel, Bill Deasy's first commercially published work of literature, came about as a labor of love from a man best known for his skills as a singer and a songwriter. Deasy seems to have written the book with the basic purpose of finding out if he had the talent and discipline to actually finish a novel; and the fruit of that experiment is quite a feat to behold.

The story is one that is relatable to most everyone. It's about growing up, going off to college, making friends, losing friends, falling in love, life, death, sex; all the great literary staples find themselves present and accounted for in Deasy's freshman writing effort. Deasy himself is a self-proclaimed stalwart fan of Catcher In The Rye author J.D. Salinger's work, and that passion and respect comes through quite a bit in his style of writing, as well as his word choice and prose arrangement. The protagonist of Deasy's tale is in fact not even the title character Ransom Seaborn, but is instead his friend Dan Finbar, who meets Seaborn when during his first year of university.

Deasy's narrative arc in the story takes the established but underused route of introducing the title character in the story's early going only to swiftly kill him off. The remainder of the piece weaves around and between the people Ransom Seaborn leaves behind, and the relationships that form in his wake.

It's amazing that Deasy's lyrical, hook-filled mind, trained for the conciseness of popular music, and can translate itself so well into the language of prose; but by gosh it does. Nothing in Ransom Seaborn feels like filler, and every single word seems placed perfectly to either invoke a precise emotion or to leave the reader wondering, and in doing so charges them with participatory decision making. Deasy also does a stellar job tackling the mind and world of an eighteen year-old young man leaving his childhood behind and emerging into adulthood, but very much in-between the two. It's almost as if Dan, the story's protagonist, doesn't really even come to life until after Ransom Seaborn's death.

Mortality and death are themes often visited upon in the literary canon. With Ransom Seaborn, Bill Deasy affords his reader's a means of confronting those time-honored burdens, and does so with a voice that is rarely so compelling for a first time novelist. Much like the legendary recluse Salinger, whose sentiments are echoed often in Ransom Seaborn, one can't help but come away from the whole experience with a newfound respect for life itself.

SEE ALSO: www.billdeasy.com
SEE ALSO: www.velluminous.com

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Trent Moore
Currently attending Athens State University in Alabama as an English major, Trent Moore is a contributing writer for LAS as well as publications such as soundthesirens.com.

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