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Tom Rachman

Autor(a) de The Imperfectionists

6+ Works 4,883 Membros 326 Críticas 5 Favorited

About the Author

Tom Rachman was born in London, England and raised in Vancouver, Canada. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Columbia School of Journalism. He was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and from 2006 to 2008 was an editor at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. mostrar mais Rachman is the author of The Imperfectionists and The Rise & Fall of Great Powers. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

Obras por Tom Rachman

The Imperfectionists (2010) 3,774 exemplares
The Rise & Fall of Great Powers (2014) 664 exemplares
The Italian Teacher (2018) 333 exemplares
The Imposters (2023) 67 exemplares
Basket of Deplorables (2017) 27 exemplares
The Bathtub Spy (2011) 18 exemplares

Associated Works

Jewish Jocks: An Unorthodox Hall of Fame (2012) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



This book contains everything that makes a book great... settings that are vivid, exciting, real... characters that are complex, imperfect, and seem so real, and a story that is not predictable, and an ending that stays with you.
Pinch wants his father, Bear Bavinsky's attention and tries through acquiescing to all Bear's emotional demands and foibles. He tries to become an artist, and when that fails, he spends his life trying to make human connections and be understood through teaching and studying languages.

Ultimately, he finds his talent and reunites his family through art and memory. The ending was surprising and thought-provoking.
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Chrissylou62 | 28 outras críticas | Apr 11, 2024 |
Some interesting takes here, particularly politically. Signed 1st Ed. Book event 2018.
MichaelH85 | Mar 3, 2024 |
It’s awfully easy to satirize the uppermost layer of the market for contemporary art, where new works by name artists sell for millions to hedge fund managers and Russian oligarchs. Which isn’t to say doing so would be wrong. When a market shaping dealer in this novel is credited with the quip, “Success in art is fifty percent timing, fifty percent geography. The rest is talent”, it’s funny because it seems true.

Within that rarified community of artists, collectors, and dealers, one suspects, are more than a few raging narcissists. “Bear” Bavinsky certainly qualifies. He passes through the novel trampling over the well-being of his wives (7 or 8 of them in succession) and children (more than a dozen), leaving emotional carnage in his wake. Thankfully for the reader the novel’s focus is not on him but on his son Charles, aka Pinch.

Pinch struggles with a desperate need for his narcissistic father’s attention and approval, which can never be held with anything more than the most tenuous grip, and with often painful results. It’s almost enough to make one feel sorry for others who seem to be in a similar place, like, maybe, Eric Trump perhaps. They sometimes behave badly; they are badly damaged. But Pinch hopes that by finding a way to make himself useful to his father, and to his father’s identity, he will matter.

Of course it’s not to be. No matter who you are, you can never be important to a narcissist, not really. “Hear this. You work for me. Get it? You always worked for me,” Bear spits at Pinch, as he ultimately ejects Pinch from his life. “I win. You hear? I fucking win.”

The novel continues on from that point and Pinch proceeds to pull a fast one on the art world, a line of action which seems to have some believability issues, but hey, might could happen, never know. It’s fun to root for him, anyway. Later in life, on his deathbed, Pinch reaches an acceptance that feels real, and full of a grace we should all grant ourselves:
And his own life? Viewed at any point along the way, it seemed to Pinch to have so little direction. But from the present vantage, what happened feels inevitable - not because events were beyond his control but because they were within it. He couldn’t have been other than he was. That doesn’t hurt anymore. Just another ant, marching up and down.
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lelandleslie | 28 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
Follows the life of small newspaper in Rome and the imperfect lives of those who work there. OK read.
bentstoker | 223 outras críticas | Jan 26, 2024 |



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