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Tinkers by Paul Harding
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Feb 14, 13

bookshelves: prose-poetry, favorites, kindred-characters, 2013
Read from January 04, 2011 to February 14, 2013

I so, so recommend this...and not for narcissistic reasons. This is a book that transcends personal identity.

It's about loneliness, human frailty, fathers and sons, time and eternity. It's about so many things! If you like dense, complex writing, you should definitely read this. And, slowly. And, repeatedly.

Tinkers is truly remarkable… It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls.”—Marilynne Robinson
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Elizabeth Hi Sarah,

What a beautiful and spot on review. I read "Tinkers" when it first came out. I'd been thinking about re-reading it. Sharing your insights and feelings make me want to place it in front of some to-read books I have on my list. Thank you for the wonderful way you've caught the heart and soul of "Tinkers" in words.
Best, Elizabeth


Sarah To be honest, I'm not loving this quite as much as I did the first time I read it. It's getting harder and harder to list my favorite books. I love everything and nothing! *sighs*


Elizabeth I now exactly what you mean, Sarah. I'm sorry you're having these experiences, but truthfully I've been thinking that there must be something wrong with me, because I too find that it's as you said, "getting harder and harder to list my favorite books. I love everything and nothing!" A least I know I'm not going totally bananas. I look at what other people are reading and often think to myself, "Why can't I find something to read that makes me want to jump up and down and stay up well into the night to read?" I definitely, "love everything and nothing." I also not though that a lot of people are reading books that they end up giving a one star rating. When I see that I think, "Why would someone continue to read and feel compelled to read a book until the bitter end if they are having a pretty miserable or even a real blah experience?" I don't do that - Doing that would make reading feel like a chore and I never want it to feel that way. I also look into the books that other people are reading and lately many seem to leave me feeling flat. Loving books and reading is one of the greatest gifts I've ever been given in this life. I never want to lose that feeling. That said, I'm having a hard time finding anything that is gripping, that holds my interest, or that truly sweeps me up in it for quite a while. I've been thinking that maybe it's me and has something to do with other things that I'm feeling or things that are going on in my life. Maybe they are getting in the way of what I've never had a problem doing before, finding and reading a book, and loving it while I'm reading it and after. I'm hoping that I'll feel differently soon. Best to you, Sarah...I hope you're somewhere safe and warm right now. We're snowed in in Rochester, NY but we're safe and sound.


Sarah You know what? I take that back! This is still a lovely book.

Apologies to Paul Harding!


Elizabeth Hi Sarah,

I didn't take what you said as meaning that Paul Harding's book wasn't one you loved. I took what you said as possibly when reading it a second time, looking through it, or when thinking about it along with everything else book-wise and life-wise that it hadn't quite measured up to how you felt about it the first time you read it. My comments had to do I think with too many things to list. Some things being where I am right now in my life or in the moment when I'm actually reading or possibly certain types o books that I'm seeing published lately that don't agree with me. I think that any time someone enjoys a book or gets whatever is meaningful to them out of a book that it's grand. Whether I agree should do nothing, and I hope it does nothing, to taint other people's experiences. Best to you...


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