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ReadHowYouWant.com, Limited, 2010 - Fiction - 194 pages
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An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure. A methodical repairer of clocks, he is now finally released from the usual constraints of time and memory to rejoin his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler, whom he had lost 7 decades before. In his return to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine, he recovers a natural world that is at once indifferent to man and inseparable from him, menacing and awe inspiring. Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation the next. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, it is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

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The writing is lovely, elegiac in tone, and meticulous. - Goodreads
Self indulgent rambling is NOT beautiful writing. - Goodreads
And that's pretty much it, plot-wise. - Goodreads
The novel has absolutely no plot. - Goodreads
The writing could not be more blandly professional. - Goodreads
What was left then was the writing. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Steve Turtell - Goodreads

On my second attempt to read this, I managed to get to page 146. I was alternately thrilled and bored--he writes gorgeously at times, and some of his images are brilliant and mesmerizing. At other ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Katzman - Goodreads

Tinkers by Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Harding is a methodical, thoughtful novel about an old man dying, a look back at the story of his life and his father's life. He was a watch repairman, and his ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

Paul Harding has an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2000) and was a 2000-2001 Fiction Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, MA. He has published short stories in Shakepainter and the Harvard Review. Paul currently teaches creative writing at Harvard. This is his first novel.

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