The italian teacher tom rachman on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers an exotic touch of intrigue arises in the italian teacher deliciously ironic and deeply affectionate ron charles. The italian teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year tom rachmans character pinch is the son of a philandering larger than life artist bear bavinsky bear is charming and unreliable. But more than anything else the italian teacher is about fathers and sons the anxiety of influence and the sly ways we go about carving a little space for ourselves in the shadow of great . In the italian teacher rachmans sympathies once again lie with the quirky and the sidelined people who perk up like wilted plants when sprinkled with a few rehydrating droplets of kindness and connection the book features a tight propulsive narrative about a son growing up in the long shadow of his father a famous and famously ill behaved painter. The italian teacher is a psychologically nuanced pleasure the new york times book review olga grushin 01 15 2018 in rachmans artful third page turner after the rise fall of great powers the son of a world renowned painter struggles to escape the dark shadow cast by his father born in rome to a mistress turned bride pinch
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