The Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman

Original book title: The Imperfectionists
Author: Tom Rachman
Publisher: Svante Weyler Bokförlag , 384 pages
Language: Swedish
Original language: English
Year of publication:  2010

This is a novel that follows a couple of people while they work at an English-language daily newspaper, based in Rome founded by an American millionaire. It is a beautiful story about a soon vanished world.

Tom Rachman describes the newspaper’s living in a very good way and it shows that he knows what he’s talking about. Great environmental descriptions and details make me as a reader feel as if I’m at the news desk among the journalists and in Rome. Each character has its own story. Dreams, goals, and life stories mixed up, and soon you get to see a whole that is pretty tragic. What I liked best was that while we follow the characters in the present day, we also read about the paper’s origins and history. There is no doubt that Rachman’s a great writer and a great storyteller. It didn’t take me long to finish the book and it was more or less entertaining throughout the story.

What I had trouble with were the characters’ fates and mentality. All Rachman’s characters were self-destructive in a way or another. Nobody was really happy, satisfied or positive. That made the characters seem more human sure, but it also made the whole story unreal. Are all people unhappy all the time? Somewhere I had wanted to read about someone who was not depressed or negative.

I heartily recommend this book to all. It is well written, easy to read and I like that you get to read about all the characters whose lives intertwine in one way or another.


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