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Tinkers by Paul Harding
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Jan 11, 2011

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bookshelves: literature, pulitzer, read-2011

Nothing much happens in this "novel" -- a dying old man hallucinates and 'remembers', out of order, his father's memories -- but that's not the point. The point is the lucid power of the writing. Descriptions of the oncoming of an epileptic seizure, the stillness of a pond, or the internal workings of a clock, are captivating, holding their own worth, apart from the narrative's exploration of the idea of tinkers as people who fix things -- words, pots, clocks, and where they can, lives.

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