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The Imperfectionists (2010)

by Tom Rachman

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Good writing but depressing. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
This excellent book covers the life of an English language newspaper based in Italy from its inception in the 1950's to the present. Between chapters, there are several pages about the paper itself and its inevitable rush to decline in this age of 'instant news'.

Each chapter takes us into the personal life of one person associated with the paper. They weave together beautifully, but would stand up rather well as separate short stories. Some have described this book as 'humour' - perhaps, but it would definitely be of the dark or bittersweet variety. While a large theme of the book seems to deal with disappointment, it is not depressing.

Some of my favourite bits include entries in the paper's style guide such as this one on the use of the word "literally":

literally: this word should be deleted. All too often, actions described as "literally" did not happen at all. As in, "He literally jumped out of his skin." No, he did not. [...] Inserting "literally" willy-nilly reinforces the notion that breathless nitwits lurk within this newsroom. Eliminate on sight - the usage, not the nitwits. The nitwits are to be captured and placed in the cages I have set up in the subbasement. See also: Excessive Dashes; Exclamation points; and Nitwits.

This is a book that would stand up to re-reading and I intend to do just that. ( )
  EvelynBernard | Apr 4, 2016 |
Small SPOILER Alert: What would have been a touching and poignant end to this wonderful book was marred and completely derailed by the gruesome death of a dog. After that I couldn't hold on to anything that came before. Completely ruined it for me. ( )
  mashiaraqcs | Mar 29, 2016 |
A newsroom is about putting on paper stories of things happening around the world, this book is about the stories of those who make a newsroom what it is. Each story is so delicious that I wanted to know more about these people. It is amazing how the author could tell so many different tales and make them seem like you have little pieces of a whole. The main character here is the paper, how it treats people, how it is treated by them, how it grows and also how it dies. A must read. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
This is a lovely, heartbreaking book about the life of an international newspaper based in Rome. I love the way it’s written: Each chapter is about a different character, someone related to the paper, and in between each present-day chapter there’s a short one chronicling the history of the paper from its creation. It feels almost like a book of short stories, and each new story stars a character who’s already been mentioned in a previous chapter. I pictured a metal chain, each link reaching into the one before and the one following. It’s surprisingly short for the kind of book it feels like it is, which ended up making sense, but still left me wishing it wasn’t over yet.

Most of the characters left me with a satisfying resolution; a few didn’t. (Interestingly, the one that was left in the least satisfying way is also the one whose story seemed the least realistic, more like a plot from a movie.) I ended up loving most of the characters, though they were by no means all likable. And I loved that although the book follows fifteen or twenty different storylines, touching all the drama of real human lives, it never felt like a soap opera. No over-dramatizing, no deliberate mysterious hint-dropping to string you along. It’s all simple, it all feels real, and that’s why it’s so interesting, because human beings are interesting without needing to be sensationalized. Now, having finished it only half an hour ago, I find myself wanting to start it again.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
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The novel is alternately hilarious and heart-wrenching, and it's assembled like a Rubik's Cube. I almost feel sorry for Rachman, because a debut of this order sets the bar so high.
 
Enjoy "The Imperfectionists" for the gem that it is.
 
"The Imperfectionists" is about what happens when professionals realize that their craft no longer has meaning in the world's eyes (think of all those hardworking monk-scribes idled by Gutenberg) and that the only people who really understand them are on the same foundering ship, and that, come to think of it, they really loved that damn ship for all it made their lives hell.
 
He's both testing and tender towards his people - their loneliness and purposelessness, moments of cleaving awareness ("one day, his son will die"), capabilities for love and commitment, devotion to kids, awareness of the fading future of a faded friend. It's convincing and compassionate; amusing and affectionate. In fact, it's a bit of a jewel.
 
Anyone who has ever spent time in newspaperland will recognise The Imperfectionists' high degree of authenticity. So – you hope – will quite a few people beyond it. The citadel may be crumbling, but the righteousness of the defenders, miraculously, endures.
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For Claire and Jack.
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Lloyd shoves off the bedcovers and hurries to the front door in white underwear and black socks.
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If history taught us anything, Arthur muses, it is that men with mustaches must never achieve positions of power.
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Employees of an old-style English language newspaper based in Rome struggle with personal tragedies, dilemmas, and blunders while eyeing the rising tide of technology.
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Declining news biz/intertwined sad, fun stories/journalists' lives suck (ReadWriteLib)

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Preoccupied by personal challenges while running a struggling newspaper in Rome, an obituary writer confronts mortality, an eccentric publisher obsesses over his dog, and other staff members uncover the paper's founding by an impulsive millionaire.

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