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The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman
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Mar 17, 12

bookshelves: didn-t-finish, third-person-narrator, literature
Read in February, 2012

I admittedly only made it three "chapters" in. (The book is yet another short story collection masquerading as a novel.) The prose has moments of spare leanness, but the character development is shallow (and, so far as I read at least, boringly, drearily masculinist) and it tries to cheat at storytelling, substituting abrupt, unsignaled lane changes for genuine epiphany. I think the author has some good instincts towards story, but he doesn't seem to be able to stand by his characters and make visible the tough emotional moments. He's busy practicing sleight-of-hand tricks that might seem like sophistication or literary technique from one angle, but are, in fact, narrative cowardice.

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