Full disclosure. I read the newspaper everyday (yes I am one of what four people left that do that right?). Hell I get it delivered to my house. So I had this book on my wishlist for a bit now. If you want a bit of a glimpse into the inner workings of a newspaper check it out. Oh and it won some awards too if that turns you on.

It’s about about a struggling, international, English language newspaper based in Rome Italy. It follows a cast of characters (some I liked some I didn’t go figure just like life) with the focal point being the newspaper. Seriously it’s all newspaper all the time. The book is based in Rome and we barely get to know the city. Each chapter is really a vignette focused on one character working at a newspaper that was founded by a rich American after World War II.

I wouldn’t label this a must read but it’s a quick, semi-fun one. It starts off, slowish. Builds. Gets really strong. Loses me then gets me back. There are some brilliant moments too. Deadpan brilliance. Brilliance that sneaks up on you. This is Rachman’s first book and I’m interested in seeing what he does next.

So I’m still plowing through Moby Dick. I like it but it’s not easy. Not very “summer”. I also picked up The Strain (yes vampires) co-written by Del Toro (man I love his movies) (if you haven’t seen Pan’s Labyrinth please do so) and Chuck Hogan.

More later. Enjoy it all.


  • Loved this book……one of my favorites last year. Some of the short stories are more compelling than others, but the way this is written, and as you said, the age of the author…..I was convinced this book would make just about about every end of the year award list (along with Franzen’s Freedom).

    But, what do I know? I like Roth a lot, and it seems most people i talk to hate him. To each his own, I guess.

    Good luck with Moby Dick. My favorite part is when the crew finally decides to mutiny against Captain Bly, but then the giant squid attacks the Nautilus.

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