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From the author of The Italian Teacher, this acclaimed debut novel set in Rome follows the topsy-turvy lives of the denizens of an English language newspaper.
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
Janet Maslin, The New York Times • The Economist • NPR • Slate • The Christian Science Monitor • Financial Times • The Plain Dealer • Minneapolis Star Tribune • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • The Kansas City Star • The Globe and Mail • Publishers Weekly
Look in the back of the book for a conversation between Tom Rachman and Malcolm Gladwell
Fifty years and many changes have ensued since the paper was founded by an enigmatic millionaire, and now, amid the stained carpeting and dingy office furniture, the staff’s personal dramas seem far more important than the daily headlines. Kathleen, the imperious editor in chief, is smarting from a betrayal in her open marriage; Arthur, the lazy obituary writer, is transformed by a personal tragedy; Abby, the embattled financial officer, discovers that her job cuts and her love life are intertwined in a most unexpected way. Out in the field, a veteran Paris freelancer goes to desperate lengths for his next byline, while the new Cairo stringer is mercilessly manipulated by an outrageous war correspondent with an outsize ego. And in the shadows is the isolated young publisher who pays more attention to his prized basset hound, Schopenhauer, than to the fate of his family’s quirky newspaper.
As the era of print news gives way to the Internet age and this imperfect crew stumbles toward an uncertain future, the paper’s rich history is revealed, including the surprising truth about its founder’s intentions.
Spirited, moving, and highly original, The Imperfectionists will establish Tom Rachman as one of our most perceptive, assured literary talents.
From Publishers Weekly
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A Droll, Laggy Read
This was the worst book I've read in a long time! There's no storyline or plot. The chapters are about individuals and some are a tad comical, others you just want to end! I picked it up because of all the superlatives on the cover and this, in retrospect, has brought out my inner skeptic - why would publications say such things about a book unless they know the author and seek mutual favors if these things are not true? It was so bad I refused to read the last chapter! Dreadful.
To begin, I'm 17 years old. The book was so thrilling, that it keeps on reading page after page. I only found one passive character for not saying boring. I have to read the book twice to see how the author assemble this together. I like how he revealed some of the past after each present day chapter. I met all kind of character. You named them: desesparate, introvert, outgoing, worker, competitive, unreliable. That was one heck of stories about journalism.
A good read. If you're a journalist it's a must read.