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Tom Rachman

Autor(a) de The Imperfectionists

7+ Works 4,932 Membros 329 Reviews 5 Favorited

About the Author

Tom Rachman was born in London, England and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia School of Journalism. He was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and from 2006 to 2008 was an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. mostrar mais Rachman is the author of The Imperfectionists and The Rise & Fall of Great Powers. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras de Tom Rachman

The Imperfectionists (2010) 3,805 cópias, 227 resenhas
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers (2014) 668 cópias, 66 resenhas
The Italian Teacher (2018) 344 cópias, 29 resenhas
The Imposters (2023) 69 cópias, 5 resenhas
Basket of Deplorables (2017) 27 cópias, 1 resenha
The Bathtub Spy (2011) 18 cópias, 1 resenha

Associated Works

Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contribuinte — 54 cópias, 2 resenhas


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The Imperfectionists has received nothing but rave reviews at work; in fact, "we" loved it so much that we sent out an email to our customers offering a discount on it, just in an attempt to share it with as many people as possible. So as you can imagine, I was REALLY anxious to get my hands on it! Well, it took a while; the galley was in high demand amongst the staff. But I was patient, and waited in line, and eventually I was rewarded when my turn came up.

I greatly enjoyed it, but I did not love it with the same fervor and intensity as my colleagues. (As a side note, once I admitted this fact, there were several others who agreed that they felt a bit let down after the storewide buzz about it.) That is not to say it isn't a wonderful book. It's beautifully written; it has great, fully developed characters who are both quirky and entertaining; it offers a multifaceted and engaging window into the world of newspaper publishing, both in the 1950s (when the paper is founded) and now, as newspapers are a kind of endangered news form. In fact, in my opinion it has all the necessary ingredients of a great novel. The Imperfectionists is actually a collection of short stories, woven around the common thread of the newspaper. Each main character has a chapter, but also makes cameos in other chapters, a technique that adds dimension and offers the reader a multiple perspectives. Despite the fact that it is a connected collection of stories, it does read more like a novel.

So what is my complaint? What was missing for me? I'm not really sure, to be honest. Maybe nothing. I read the whole thing, I enjoyed it from start to finish, it held my interest and kept me entertained. But I was not in love with it. I recommend you pick up a copy and see for yourself!
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kdegour23 | outras 226 resenhas | May 29, 2024 |
Funny at times, poignant at others, tale of the rise and fall of an English-language paper in Rome. (The author worked at the International Herald Tribune.) Each chapter relates a different character's story linked together by the author's tone and their work at the paper. Wonderfully quotable descriptions throughout, plus chapter titles.
featherbooks | outras 226 resenhas | May 7, 2024 |
I thought this was good. It's not much like what I normally read, in that it's very aggressively "literary" and has lots of "deep" and "meaningful" undertones, but I still found the book to be engaging and well written. The different perspectives on the newspaper combine nicely, and the book has a good pacing that makes it enjoyable to read even when certain sections are really quite depressing.

The book really does lay bare some of the sadder aspects of the human condition, so if you are not a fan of books that lead you to some self reflection, stay away.… (mais)
mrbearbooks | outras 226 resenhas | Apr 22, 2024 |
This book contains everything that makes a book great... settings that are vivid, exciting, real... characters that are complex, imperfect, and seem so real, and a story that is not predictable, and an ending that stays with you.
Pinch wants his father, Bear Bavinsky's attention and tries through acquiescing to all Bear's emotional demands and foibles. He tries to become an artist, and when that fails, he spends his life trying to make human connections and be understood through teaching and studying languages.

Ultimately, he finds his talent and reunites his family through art and memory. The ending was surprising and thought-provoking.
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Chrissylou62 | outras 28 resenhas | Apr 11, 2024 |



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