Tinkers

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 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 seven 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 to 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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User Review  - nancynova - LibraryThing

Lovely book, similar in prose to Robinson's Housekeeping. As George lays dying in his last days, his mind wanders back to his father - an epileptic tinker, and his grandfather, who suffered from ... Read full review

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User Review  - Smits - LibraryThing

Extremely well written novel of a father and son told through the last hours of a dying man's memories of life, it's harshness and joys. Although the writing is tremendous I did find myself skipping paragraphs and struggling to hold onto interest in this book. Read full review

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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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