Quick Book Review: The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
May 11, 2012 17 Comments
This book is really a collection of short stories, but each story deals with a different employee of an international newspaper based in Rome. In a way, they are all imperfect, either there’s something wrong with their work, or how they treat their colleagues, or with their private life, or their personality.
At the end of each chapter a part of the story of the foundation of the newspaper (and its decline) is told. After a number of chapters, the events in the chapter and the history part at the end of the chapter start to complement each other.
I don’t like short stories in general, and that was also a problem for me in this book. The main characters from one chapter would only be mentioned in passing in the other chapters and to me the connection wasn’t clear enough to make the book one large story about a newspaper.
I enjoyed reading most of the chapters, but would have rather continued reading about one particular character rather than moving on to the next. If you like short stories, this book would probably work for you, and you might even find it a clever way to tell a story about a newspaper.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
Number of pages: 358
First published: 2010
I got this book: from Anna of Anna’s Leesreis during a Dutch book blogger meeting (Thanks!)
Genre: contemporary fiction