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Tinkers by Paul Harding
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Mar 08, 12

bookshelves: powells_indiespensable™, pulitzer-fiction
Read in May, 2009

Wow. Completely blown away by this book's language. I'll tell you what, I never want to play Scrabble with Paul Harding.

Beyond that, the story is unexpected and engaging. It took me places I did not expect. On the outside, it seems like a simple tale. An elderly man lies dying and thinking of the past. But then interspersed is the sampling of the past: his father, his father's memories of /his/ father. I was left with the inter-connected relationships of this family. The oddities of their normal lives and the power of it all.

A marvelous read, although I will tell you right now that it's not for everyone. Harding takes your attention; there's no idle reading in this slim novel.
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