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Tinkers by Paul Harding
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Apr 16, 2010

really liked it
Read from May 29 to June 03, 2010

A small masterpiece, with poetic prose hung like pictures on the framework of the wandering story line, which, in turn, reflects George's varying sensorium as his death approaches. One feels the cold, the poverty, the difficulties of growing up and growing old. One feels multiple generations intermixing, sometimes historically, sometimes rhapsodically, sometimes deliriously.

The prose is complex and layered like a fine wine; with an aftertaste redolent of earth and fruit, with slight acid. I reread many lines in the book, trying to absorb and relish the various flavors: periodically delicate, acerbic, sweet, and sour. This is very high praise, indeed.

This is not a perfect book by any means -- really, has one been written? -- but a creative and original voice; more strangely satisfying than dissatisfyingly strange. This is not a book for the masses; but a highly worthwhile piece for some. I am very glad to have let this book touch me.
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Trish You guys are hitting me pretty hard :] but I think I can lay the blame for my descent into a vast and terrible depression at the feet of this opus. " One feels the cold, the poverty, the difficulties of growing up and growing old." Gotcha.

Charles You must be much younger than me...

Charles Wait!!! Did we say this was a HAPPY book????

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