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Tinkers by Paul Harding
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Jan 28, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, kindle, award-winner, fiction

“Tinkers” is not your typical book. The first line in the story is, “George Washington Crosby began to hallucinate eight days before he died.” As the story progresses we find out that George Crosby repaired clocks for a living (He was a tinkerer). Because George’s life revolved around clocks and their workings the author set this book up in time period’s rather than chapters. The other unique thing about this book is that George lapses in and out of consciousness as he goes through the process of dying, as a result the reader shifts in and out of time with him. It took a little getting used to but I liked how the author integrated the reader with the wanderings of the mind of George Crosby at the end of his life. The book is also unique in the fact that the author includes a second storyline in the first. George Crosby’s father Howard Crosby was a peddler by trade. He owned a mule and wagon and everyday he would go on his rounds selling his wares. Howard Crosby had epilepsy as well in a day and age when the disease was not understood or accepted. As George shifts in and out of consciousness he is somehow able to see his father’s life from his father’s point of view and finally understand the man he was. This second story actually takes up the majority of the Book. The story was bittersweet, tender and very poignant.
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Reading Progress

January 28, 2012 – Started Reading
January 28, 2012 – Shelved
January 28, 2012 – Shelved as: 2012
January 28, 2012 – Shelved as: kindle
January 28, 2012 –
0.0% "recommended by Margot at Joyfully retired. I have a goal to read 5 books she has recommended. This is my first."
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February 7, 2012 – Finished Reading
April 22, 2014 – Shelved as: award-winner
April 22, 2014 – Shelved as: fiction

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