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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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
    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

    Wow, I can't say I cared for this one at all. It was such a highly anticipated read too, especially after the love I had for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, I was expecting the same amount of love to pour out of me for The Italian Teacher. Sadly, that just wasn't the case. The...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'When she was living here with Pinch alone, Natalie heard from nobody. Then Bear moved to Rome and the invitations gushed in.' 1950?s Rome, successful artist Bear Bavinsky is the center of his wife Natalie (Natty) and Son Pinch?...

    I did not read the first book by Tom Rachman entitled The Imperfectionists. Nor have I read anything else by Rachman so this is my only experience with his work.  I must admit.  I am intrigued.  What I am intrigued most by was the description of art and the characters.  Oh the ch...

    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

  • Lolly K Dandeneau
    Feb 12, 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

    Wow, I can't say I cared for this one at all. It was such a highly anticipated read too, especially after the love I had for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, I was expecting the same amount of love to pour out of me for The Italian Teacher. Sadly, that just wasn't the case. The...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'When she was living here with Pinch alone, Natalie heard from nobody. Then Bear moved to Rome and the invitations gushed in.' 1950?s Rome, successful artist Bear Bavinsky is the center of his wife Natalie (Natty) and Son Pinch?...

  • 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

    Wow, I can't say I cared for this one at all. It was such a highly anticipated read too, especially after the love I had for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, I was expecting the same amount of love to pour out of me for The Italian Teacher. Sadly, that just wasn't the case. The...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'When she was living here with Pinch alone, Natalie heard from nobody. Then Bear moved to Rome and the invitations gushed in.' 1950?s Rome, successful artist Bear Bavinsky is the center of his wife Natalie (Natty) and Son Pinch?...

    I did not read the first book by Tom Rachman entitled The Imperfectionists. Nor have I read anything else by Rachman so this is my only experience with his work.  I must admit.  I am intrigued.  What I am intrigued most by was the description of art and the characters.  Oh the ch...

    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 ...

    I was so excited to win this book on a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the beginning of the book set in Italy 1950's art scene where we meet the bigger than life character Bear Barinsky and his family. Pinch is his young son and he looks up to his famous American artist father. Natalia i...

    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...

  • 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...

    ?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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Jan 03, 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

    Wow, I can't say I cared for this one at all. It was such a highly anticipated read too, especially after the love I had for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, I was expecting the same amount of love to pour out of me for The Italian Teacher. Sadly, that just wasn't the case. The...

  • Libby Chester
    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

  • 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 Foster
    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

  • Jamie Jones Hullinger
    Feb 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

    Wow, I can't say I cared for this one at all. It was such a highly anticipated read too, especially after the love I had for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, I was expecting the same amount of love to pour out of me for The Italian Teacher. Sadly, that just wasn't the case. The...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'When she was living here with Pinch alone, Natalie heard from nobody. Then Bear moved to Rome and the invitations gushed in.' 1950?s Rome, successful artist Bear Bavinsky is the center of his wife Natalie (Natty) and Son Pinch?...

    I did not read the first book by Tom Rachman entitled The Imperfectionists. Nor have I read anything else by Rachman so this is my only experience with his work.  I must admit.  I am intrigued.  What I am intrigued most by was the description of art and the characters.  Oh the ch...

  • Ellen
    Nov 04, 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

  • Aura
    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

    Wow, I can't say I cared for this one at all. It was such a highly anticipated read too, especially after the love I had for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, I was expecting the same amount of love to pour out of me for The Italian Teacher. Sadly, that just wasn't the case. The...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'When she was living here with Pinch alone, Natalie heard from nobody. Then Bear moved to Rome and the invitations gushed in.' 1950?s Rome, successful artist Bear Bavinsky is the center of his wife Natalie (Natty) and Son Pinch?...

    I did not read the first book by Tom Rachman entitled The Imperfectionists. Nor have I read anything else by Rachman so this is my only experience with his work.  I must admit.  I am intrigued.  What I am intrigued most by was the description of art and the characters.  Oh the ch...

    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 ...

    I was so excited to win this book on a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the beginning of the book set in Italy 1950's art scene where we meet the bigger than life character Bear Barinsky and his family. Pinch is his young son and he looks up to his famous American artist father. Natalia i...

  • 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

  • Michael Holt
    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

    ?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 ...

    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 ...

    I've had Tom Rachman's debut novel, The Imperfectionists, on my Want to Read list since it was published to great reviews in 2010, but have neglected it in favor of other books. In two days, I have consumed his latest, The Italian Teacher, and will now move The Imperfectionists to the ...

    Wow, I can't say I cared for this one at all. It was such a highly anticipated read too, especially after the love I had for The Rise & Fall of Great Powers, I was expecting the same amount of love to pour out of me for The Italian Teacher. Sadly, that just wasn't the case. The...

    via my blog: https://bookstalkerblog.wordpress.com/ 'When she was living here with Pinch alone, Natalie heard from nobody. Then Bear moved to Rome and the invitations gushed in.' 1950?s Rome, successful artist Bear Bavinsky is the center of his wife Natalie (Natty) and Son Pinch?...

    I did not read the first book by Tom Rachman entitled The Imperfectionists. Nor have I read anything else by Rachman so this is my only experience with his work.  I must admit.  I am intrigued.  What I am intrigued most by was the description of art and the characters.  Oh the ch...

    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 ...

    I was so excited to win this book on a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed the beginning of the book set in Italy 1950's art scene where we meet the bigger than life character Bear Barinsky and his family. Pinch is his young son and he looks up to his famous American artist father. Natalia i...

    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...

    It?s a wonderful book! The very beginning is a bit of a slog, but after that, it is a real page turner. It is somewhat depressing as you go through Pinch?s life, but always insightful, and even informative. And the ending is life-affirming. Highly recommended. ...

  • 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

  • Celia
    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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 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. ...

    ?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,...

    The Italian Teacher, Tom Rachman?s latest offering, seems to be a hard book to like. If you look at the latest rating on Goodreads, 3.52, you might be under impressed. I am glad that I was not influenced by this number, as I was genuinely entertained by the characters, the plot and t...

  • 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...

    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...

    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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

  • 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...

    ?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...

    ?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 ?...

    ? 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...

    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 ...

    ?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 ...

    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...

    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 ...