I appreciated this book so much that I have bought a copy for my 20 closest friends to read. The story is rich and Tom Rachman, for my money, has a pin point perspective. My only criticism is that through this tome it seems that he/ or his view is misogynistic. However, I don't really care what his psychosis is or isn't about women. This story is amazing. As you read (or listen in this case) you find yourself encased in the world of newsprint and the lifestyle of an expat in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. The story, characters, scenes and psycology are without fault. If you miss this, you'll be the worse for it.
I didn't like any of the characters in this book. I enjoy quirky people, but these folks were mostly downright unhappy and dysfuntional because of who they were. I read and heard favorable reviews so I had high expectations which sadly were not met.
This book could be condensed to a bumper sticker ... life's a bitch and then you die. While it is well-written and the newspaper background is somewhat interesting, the characters tend to be pathetic and the book moves plotlessly along at a snail's pace.
If you have read good fiction, you will quikly reject this - it is full of clichés and weak characters and situations. At times, it sounds like a student's essay (in a bad way). Steer clear.
Although well written, this book is tedious. I just didn't care about the characters. I always finish a book but it was a struggle with this one. Fortunately it was short.
This book of intertwining stories about the staff of an international newspaper is well-written with interesting characters. Unfortunately, every single story is a downer. It got to be predictable. It was like the author kept trying to outdo himself in the ways he could make the characters miserable. The book would have fared better with a couple of happy stories thrown in.