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The Imperfectionists

A Novel

by Tom Rachman

The Imperfectionists
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  • First Published:
    Apr 2010, 288 pages
    Paperback:
    Jan 2011, 304 pages

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Karen Rigby

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A debut novel set in Rome that follows the topsy-turvy private lives of the reporters, editors, and executives of a struggling newspaper

Rome. News. Two words which immediately reminded me of Joe Bradley, the fictional American journalist in William Wyler's Roman Holiday, a 1953 romance in which Bradley (Gregory Peck) encounters Princess Ann (Audrey Hepburn), a young woman who has escaped from her aides for a respite from making public appearances. He accompanies her on a tour of the city to write an exclusive story, though she remains unaware of his motive throughout much of the film. I started reading The Imperfectionists imagining that it might bear a similar banter and glamour. While it does contain cinematic moments, including occasions when a corrections editor cries out "Credibility!" during his rounds at the office - a hat-tip to a breezier, comedic style of dialog - as well as descriptions of the newspaper's formative years, which evoke a nostalgic version of Rome, Rachman's debut deepens the portrayal of ...

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