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The Imperfectionists - Tom Rachman
The Imperfectionists
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Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it—and themselves—afloat.Fifty years and many changes have ensued... show more
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of Rome, Tom Rachman’s wry, vibrant debut follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of an international English language newspaper as they struggle to keep it—and themselves—afloat.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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780385343664 (0385343663)
Publisher: The Dial Press
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
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Listening to the Silence
Listening to the Silence rated it
4.0
A collection of short stories, The Imperfectionists tells the stories of the men and women working for a struggling international English language newspaper in Rome. While the stories themselves are those of the contemporary employees ranging from the Editor in Chief to the obituary writer and accou...
DeeTales514
DeeTales514 rated it
Striving for mediocrity and settling for less is how the characters in The Imperfectionists operate. A novel by Tom Rachman, it’s the story of an English language newspaper in Rome and the people who struggle to make it work. We all know the fate of the newspaper industry today, but when Cyrus Ott s...
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud
Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud rated it
4.0 THE IMPERFECTIONISTS isn't perfect, but it's excellent AND on sale!
My four-star review is, at its simplest level, an exhortation to read this very good book. http://tinyurl.com/n66zcsv My reason for finally, four years later, writing the review is simply that it's on Kindle-sale in the US for $1.99. It's hard to find used books for that little money. It's hard ...
Perrin Pring
Perrin Pring rated it
2.0 The Imprefectionists
What did I like about this book? The punctuation and grammar were well done. The chapters were pretty short, so that was nice. Also, the chapters revolved around a different person each time, so that was nice because there is no way I could have endured any of these characters for an entire book...L...
In Love of Books and Friendship
In Love of Books and Friendship rated it
4.0 The Imperfectionists
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A very entertaining, easy read from Tom Rachman. This his debut novel about the newspaper business set in Rome gives us glimpses into the lIves of the reporters and staff of the paper. Each chapter tells the story of a different character while spanning the decades...
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