The Italian Teacher

The Italian Teacher

Rome, 1955 The artists are gathering together for a photograph. In one of Rome's historic villas, a party is bright with near-genius, shaded by the socialite patrons of their art. Bear Bavinsky, creator of vast, masculine, meaty canvases, is their god. Larger than life, muscular in both figure and opinion, he blazes at art criticism and burns half his paintings. He is at th Rome, 1955 The artists are gathering together for a photograph. In one of Rome's historic villas, a party is brigh...

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Title:The Italian Teacher
Author:Tom Rachman
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1786482576
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

The Italian Teacher Reviews

  • Cheri
    Mar 04, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

  • Elyse Walters
    Oct 20, 2017

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

  • Chrissie
    Apr 08, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    May 06, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

  • Julie Christine
    May 18, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

  • Marialyce
    Mar 14, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

  • Ron Charles
    Mar 26, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

  • Heather
    Mar 31, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

    ?The Italian Teacher? by Tom Rachman is a beautiful novel about art and relationships. Opening in Rome, 1955, the main protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, five years old. Pinch?s Dad is the famous artist Bear Bavinsky, larger than life, and aware of his affect on lesser folk. Natalie,...

    I have a special affection for books that are about the visual arts, everything from historical fiction about the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt, and books about the modern art world with fictional artists. This book is in the latter field, and it is one of ...

    It's almost difficult to explain why I ended up loving this novel so; it wrapped a spell around me when I was almost halfway through and then just left me enraptured until the end, and I hadn't even been really enjoying it all that much before that. But by the end I was so sorry to lea...

  • Janet
    Dec 02, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

    ?The Italian Teacher? by Tom Rachman is a beautiful novel about art and relationships. Opening in Rome, 1955, the main protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, five years old. Pinch?s Dad is the famous artist Bear Bavinsky, larger than life, and aware of his affect on lesser folk. Natalie,...

    I have a special affection for books that are about the visual arts, everything from historical fiction about the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt, and books about the modern art world with fictional artists. This book is in the latter field, and it is one of ...

    It's almost difficult to explain why I ended up loving this novel so; it wrapped a spell around me when I was almost halfway through and then just left me enraptured until the end, and I hadn't even been really enjoying it all that much before that. But by the end I was so sorry to lea...

    [4+] The Italian Teacher is a thought-provoking novel about a son's relationship with his self-centered artist father, Bear Bavinsky. It is also a fascinating commentary about the creation of art and the art world. Tom Rachman is a fine, fine writer. Charles (Pinch) Bavinsky is an o...

    I would have loved listening to this as an audiobook on an airplane as it gave me very vivid scenic impressions that would have lifted me right out of my economy seat and transported me to a better place. But as it is I am in a very good place already, so the book bored me a little. ...

    ?Pinch doesn?t know. But he supposes that this is how culture works: the taste-makers call something important until it becomes so, making themselves important in the process.? The Italian Teacher is the fourth novel by British-born journalist and author, Tom Rachman. Charlie ...

    This was a solid 4 star read for me. It was an easy read and yet the characters sparked to life and the plot moved along at a good enough pace. I think all of us know a Bear Bavinsky, a Hemingway kind of guy who in his dysfunctional masculinity manages to both seduce and belittle every...

  • Theresa Alan
    Mar 16, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Apr 01, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

  • Libby
    Apr 08, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

    ?The Italian Teacher? by Tom Rachman is a beautiful novel about art and relationships. Opening in Rome, 1955, the main protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, five years old. Pinch?s Dad is the famous artist Bear Bavinsky, larger than life, and aware of his affect on lesser folk. Natalie,...

  • Rachel
    Dec 08, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

  • Michael
    Mar 27, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

  • Angela M
    Aug 30, 2017

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

  • Marianne
    Mar 26, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

    ?The Italian Teacher? by Tom Rachman is a beautiful novel about art and relationships. Opening in Rome, 1955, the main protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, five years old. Pinch?s Dad is the famous artist Bear Bavinsky, larger than life, and aware of his affect on lesser folk. Natalie,...

    I have a special affection for books that are about the visual arts, everything from historical fiction about the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt, and books about the modern art world with fictional artists. This book is in the latter field, and it is one of ...

    It's almost difficult to explain why I ended up loving this novel so; it wrapped a spell around me when I was almost halfway through and then just left me enraptured until the end, and I hadn't even been really enjoying it all that much before that. But by the end I was so sorry to lea...

    [4+] The Italian Teacher is a thought-provoking novel about a son's relationship with his self-centered artist father, Bear Bavinsky. It is also a fascinating commentary about the creation of art and the art world. Tom Rachman is a fine, fine writer. Charles (Pinch) Bavinsky is an o...

    I would have loved listening to this as an audiobook on an airplane as it gave me very vivid scenic impressions that would have lifted me right out of my economy seat and transported me to a better place. But as it is I am in a very good place already, so the book bored me a little. ...

    ?Pinch doesn?t know. But he supposes that this is how culture works: the taste-makers call something important until it becomes so, making themselves important in the process.? The Italian Teacher is the fourth novel by British-born journalist and author, Tom Rachman. Charlie ...

  • Rebecca
    Feb 05, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

  • Bam
    Mar 14, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

  • Lisa
    Jun 01, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

    ?The Italian Teacher? by Tom Rachman is a beautiful novel about art and relationships. Opening in Rome, 1955, the main protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, five years old. Pinch?s Dad is the famous artist Bear Bavinsky, larger than life, and aware of his affect on lesser folk. Natalie,...

    I have a special affection for books that are about the visual arts, everything from historical fiction about the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt, and books about the modern art world with fictional artists. This book is in the latter field, and it is one of ...

    It's almost difficult to explain why I ended up loving this novel so; it wrapped a spell around me when I was almost halfway through and then just left me enraptured until the end, and I hadn't even been really enjoying it all that much before that. But by the end I was so sorry to lea...

    [4+] The Italian Teacher is a thought-provoking novel about a son's relationship with his self-centered artist father, Bear Bavinsky. It is also a fascinating commentary about the creation of art and the art world. Tom Rachman is a fine, fine writer. Charles (Pinch) Bavinsky is an o...

  • Robert Blumenthal
    Apr 23, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

    ?The Italian Teacher? by Tom Rachman is a beautiful novel about art and relationships. Opening in Rome, 1955, the main protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, five years old. Pinch?s Dad is the famous artist Bear Bavinsky, larger than life, and aware of his affect on lesser folk. Natalie,...

    I have a special affection for books that are about the visual arts, everything from historical fiction about the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt, and books about the modern art world with fictional artists. This book is in the latter field, and it is one of ...

  • Faith
    Mar 24, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

  • Liz
    Apr 04, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

  • Nancy
    Feb 06, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

  • Marjorie
    Mar 18, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

  • Tammy
    Nov 11, 2017

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

  • Katie
    May 27, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

  • Meike
    Dec 16, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

  • Grace (BURTSBOOKS)
    Mar 28, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

  • Lark Benobi
    Dec 11, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...

    The Italian Teacher is destined to be one of my favorite reads of the year. Tom Rachman's character Pinch is the son of a philandering, larger-than-life artist, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is charming and unreliable. Pinch spends his entire life trying to get his dad's attention and appr...

    this cover left me breathless when I saw it in the store today can't wait until I have time so I can read this beauty ...

    This is one of those "life is too short" moments in deciding to give this book a pass. I'm choosing not to spend time with narcissistic men, either in print or in real life. Thanks, but no. ...

    Pinch?s parents are both artists. His mother, Natalie, is an eccentric maker of pottery and his father is the renowned painter, Bear Bavinsky. Bear is completely self-absorbed and only cares about his art. His son strives for his attention and praise. When Pinch makes his own effort ...

    This book could be a little slow at times, but it had some interesting takes on the commercial art world and what it means to have a successful life. The book follows the life of a man who is always in the shadow of his artist father?s success. His struggles to win approval from his ...

    ?The Italian Teacher? by Tom Rachman is a beautiful novel about art and relationships. Opening in Rome, 1955, the main protagonist is Pinch Bavinsky, five years old. Pinch?s Dad is the famous artist Bear Bavinsky, larger than life, and aware of his affect on lesser folk. Natalie,...

    I have a special affection for books that are about the visual arts, everything from historical fiction about the likes of Georgia O'Keeffe or Edward Degas and Mary Cassatt, and books about the modern art world with fictional artists. This book is in the latter field, and it is one of ...

    It's almost difficult to explain why I ended up loving this novel so; it wrapped a spell around me when I was almost halfway through and then just left me enraptured until the end, and I hadn't even been really enjoying it all that much before that. But by the end I was so sorry to lea...

    [4+] The Italian Teacher is a thought-provoking novel about a son's relationship with his self-centered artist father, Bear Bavinsky. It is also a fascinating commentary about the creation of art and the art world. Tom Rachman is a fine, fine writer. Charles (Pinch) Bavinsky is an o...

    I would have loved listening to this as an audiobook on an airplane as it gave me very vivid scenic impressions that would have lifted me right out of my economy seat and transported me to a better place. But as it is I am in a very good place already, so the book bored me a little. ...

  • Collin
    Dec 21, 2018

    I read ?The Imperfections?, by Tom Rachman, with my local book club ways back - and wasn?t crazy about it in the same way other members in our group were ? I found it dry and dull ... I never wrote review after our group discussion. I just forgot about it. And - then - thi...

    This novel is in many way about art, the art of an eccentric, self centered, overbearing, unfaithful man, a painter appropriately named Bear Bavinsky. It?s about the artist who is famous and yet shuns the critics and the galleries, destroys his work if it is not how he wants it to be...

    ?How amazing my mother and father were! All those years, all their bullying doubts, all in the paltry hope that strangers might someday stand before their work and look, probably no longer than a few seconds. That?s all they were fighting for. What driven lives!? Charles ?...

    An underlying premise of this novel is that personality is just as important as talent in achieving fame. TV perhaps bears this theory out. Pinch, the novel's main protagonist has very little personality. He's completely overshadowed by his artist father, Bear Bavinsky. Bear conforms t...

    ?The moneyed all speak of art, the artists all speak of money.? This is an unusual novel. Usually, the protagonist has a goal and has to overcome obstacles to achieve that goal. In this book, none of main characters are admirable. Bear Bavinsky is a celebrated artist when the s...

    ? Yes, they?re sharing a drink they call loneliness But it?s better than drinkin? alone? Piano Man Songwriter: Billy Joel There?s quite a bit of traveling about the world in this story from Rome to London, Toronto, New York, France, and Pennsylvania. There?s also...

    Rachman is a marvel. You meet the main character, Pinch, as a child and follow him throughout his life. Pinch?s father, Bear, is a negligent father, drinker and womanizer in addition to being a much admired and successful artist. As Rachman puts it, ?But your relatives judge you re...

    4.5 gloriously written stars Being a parent is a hard job, perhaps the hardest one out there. It requires one to be there always for another person, a guide, a mentor, a friend, a person whose love is never questioned. For Charles, also known as Pinch, the lack of his father's atten...

    Bear Bavinsky is an acclaimed American artist living in Rome in 1955 with his young Canadian wife Natalie and their little boy Charles, nicknamed Pinch. Bear is a huge man in both body and personality who is totally focused on his work: "My real life, it's when I'm working. It's entire...

    I've read and loved two books by this author and I was disappointed to find that I didn't love this one. I didn't hate it, but it was just ok for me. Bear Bavinsky was a larger than life painter who, for a while, was quite popular. He was also an irresponsible narcissist who had countl...

    ?The Italian Teacher? confirms Rachman?s reputation as a shepherd of lost souls. It tells the story of Pinch, a man whose whole life is overshadowed by his father, the great 20th-century artist Bear Bavinsky. Bear is a fictional character, but Rachman takes scissors and paste to ...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky is just an Italian teacher, though as a boy in Rome in the 1950s?60s he believed he would follow in the footsteps of his sculptor mother and his moderately famous father, Bear Bavinsky, who painted close-ups of body parts. When this dream was shattered, h...

    I enjoyed the writing in The Italian Teacher, and appreciated Pinch as a detailed and authentically flawed character, but I couldn?t seem to engage with the story until about the last third of the book. Nearly his entire life Pinch has pursued approval from the one person who is ...

    "'Because there's no malice in Dad. He's just that way. Like a huge ship, powering forward on his mission, and nobody can stop it.' 'I see,' Natalie notes, 'that you're still very engaged with Bear.' He looks to the restaurant clock, irritated. Nobody likes to be understood with...

    Parts of this book are rather placative, some lack logical stringency, and it's generally too long - but I can't deny that I enjoyed reading it, and that it contains many smart thoughts on the dynamics of art and fame. Our protagonist Charles is the son of infamous painter Bear Bavinsk...

    I can see that many will enjoy this novel, but it did not fit me. I will explain why in the hope that you may determine if perhaps it will fit you. We follow the lives of Bear Bavinsky, an artist, and Charles Bavinsky, his son. Charles is born in 1950 and we follow him from his chi...

    This is a warm-hearted tale of a son trying his whole life to make his relationship with his father work towards a healthy balance for his own identity. In addition to insights about the psychology of fathers and sons, the story told provides a great window on the interplay between aut...

    Charles ?Pinch? Bavinsky has found it impossible to find his way out of his father?s shadow. Lost in its darkness his entire life. The Italian Teacher is basically his life story. His father, Bear Bavinsky, is a famous painter of still life who shuns celebrity and yet paradoxical...