Tinkers is a small book, flush with long sentences; a novel of spare
plot, but grand and intricate ideas. It deserved my full reading
attention, and as a result it served as a kind of antidote to the fast-paced
skimming sort of reading that I perform each day via the computer screen.
On the surface Tinkers, Paul Harding's first book, is the tale of an average man's final days. George Crosby, surrounded by loving family in the home that he built, is experiencing the last hours of life and memory as his body methodically fails him. The ministrations of George's relatives and wife fade from his consciousness as the hours pass and he is transported to places from his past as he re-lives vital pieces of his life, most often meditating on his stark and anxious childhood in West Cove, Maine. These childhood scenes focus sharply on George's stifled remembrances of ...
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