Sunday, October 24, 2010

Review: The Imperfectionists

Tom Rachman's debut novel The Imperfectionists was a page-turning, witty, smart book told in vignettes.  Each chapter centers around someone involved with an international English-language newspaper published in Rome.  From the feisty editor-in-chief, to the enamored business reporter, to the gullible stringer, each story stands alone though some of the characters from other vignettes weave in and out of the chapters.  While nothing deeply profound happens, the snippets of the day-to-day lives that we are privy to are entertaining and unique.  This is a book that can be read in just a few sittings.  While not necessarily a memorable or stand-out novel, I appreciated the humorous dialogue and motley cast of characters.

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