Year 6, Book 3

3. The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachmann
I read this book for one of my book clubs. I really didn’t enjoy it that much. The writing in the novel was good, so I can see how other people might really like this book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea for two reasons. First, the story revolves around a paper written in Italy written for American ex-pats around the world. Each chapter is focuses on a new character who has ties to the paper in some fashion, most of them being the journalists who work there. It’s really more of a book of short stories with a common thread than it is a novel. I am really not a fan of the short story genre at all, so I had a hard time getting in to this book. Second, every single character in the book has a horribly depressing life. There are a lot of characters since each chapter is about a new person and not a single one of them has any sort of happy life. It was doubly hard for me to get into a book where every single character is entirely miserable. I already know at least one other person in my book club really enjoyed the book, so as I said even though I didn’t care for it the writing is such that others might actually really like it. I give it a 4 out of 10.

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