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Tinkers

Harding, Paul (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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On his deathbed, surrounded by his family, George Washington Crosby's thoughts drift back to his childhood and the father who abandoned him when he was twelve.
Authors: Harding, Paul, 1967-
Title: Tinkers
Publisher: New York : Bellevue Literary Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 191 p. ;,18 cm.
Summary: On his deathbed, surrounded by his family, George Washington Crosby's thoughts drift back to his childhood and the father who abandoned him when he was twelve.
Awards & Distinctions: Pulitzer Prize, 2010.
Local Note: 6 15 16 17 18 29 53 97 118 133 138 143 148 152 167 172 176 182 193 198 210 216 222 226 231 243 244 245 250 263 264 276
ISBN: 1934137197
9781934137192
193413712X
9781934137123
Statement of Responsibility: Paul Harding
Subject Headings: Fathers and sons Fiction. Dementia Patients Fiction. Identity (Psychology) in old age Fiction. Reminiscing in old age Fiction.
Genre/Form: Psychological fiction.
Topical Term: Fathers and sons
Dementia
Identity (Psychology) in old age
Reminiscing in old age
LCCN: 2008039887
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Interesting story but did not appreciate his style.

Sep 07, 2013
  • ms_mustard rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

a poetic 3-generation saga in 191 pages.

Aug 29, 2013
  • BryanReinecke rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Stream of consciousness writing, with very little structure to the written word. The story was interesting but the style was very offputting. I would not recommend this book.

Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Family gathers around an old man dying---he is taking stock of his life and remembering his own father's life, as he comes in and out of consciousness. A clock theme runs through story as the old mans life ticks away. Beautifully written-- luscious, really--a poetic quality to it -- the art of a few well chosen words. Introspective and beautifully sad. Not for everyone. I loved this book.

Dec 17, 2012
  • beverlywnace rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a truly beautiful book. At times the language takes one's breath away. What an achievement for Paul Harding's first novel.

Was Benjamin Franklin a New Englander? He is certainly the man to whom is attributed the saying, time is money, one of the activities that "drives" this novel.

Aug 03, 2012
  • kwsmith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

While on his death-bed, George Washington Crosby recalls the lives of three unusual tinkers: himself, his father, and his grandfather. George's father, an impoverished epileptic peddler has a very unusual relationship with nature. Sadly, there's not much of a story in this small pulitizer prize winner. Instead, Tinkers is a poetic arrangement of vignettes about nature, time, memory, and the transformative process of death.

Mar 10, 2011
  • lilwordworm rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It is about a man dying. Honestly that is it. It is pages and pages of description of his sloooow death. I thought I might suffer the same fate while reading it.

Nov 30, 2010
  • lightbytheway rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Tinkers
by Paul Harding

tinker |ˈti ng kər|
noun
1 (esp. in former times) a person who travels from place to place mending metal utensils as a way of making a living.
• a person who makes minor mechanical repairs, esp. on a variety of appliances and apparatuses, usually for a living.
• Brit., chiefly derogatory a gypsy or other person living in an itinerant community.
2 an act of attempting to repair something.

This is Paul Harding's first novel and the winner of the Pulitzer prize.
George Washington Crosby repairs clocks. He is over 70 and is surrounded by his family at home dying of cancer and hallucinating-- lost between reality, memories and dreams. While the clock ticks, he meets in his limbo state his father Howard, a tinker with epilepsy. We see some events of his family life when George was one of the four children. We also get glimpses of his grandfather, a church minister that developed Alzheimer's disease, with some scenes of Howard as a child himself. With astounding beauty Harding describes and gives us snippets of his family life and the New England countryside, while interposing notes of a clock repair manual George had owned, in order to put together a story of life, illness and death. The narrative doesn't follow a linear path and might be hard to follow at times.
This novel is a short and ambitious with abundant lyrical language, lacking a more developed plot to achieve its perfect balance. The beauty of the language, almost musical, is deserving of high recognition and does move us to question our own mortality and reflect on our own families and lives.

Oct 29, 2010
  • mfgeorge rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Poetic, yes. Mr. Harding sure knows how to write a pretty paragraph. However, it's at the expensive of advancing the storyline. I found the novel terribly slow and couldn't connect/relate to the main character.

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Dec 17, 2012
  • alangone rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Family gathers around an old man dying---he is taking stock of his life and remembering his own father's life, as he comes in and out of consciousness. A clock theme runs through story as the old mans life ticks away. Beautifully written-- luscious, really--a poetic quality to it -- the art of a few well chosen words. Introspective and beautifully sad. Not for everyone. I loved this book.

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