The Critique Circle Public Library

by Paul Harding
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PublisherBellevue Literary Press
Release Date2009-01-01 (added to CC 14 Jan 2011)
Amazon Sales Rank501
An old man lies dying. Confined to bed in his living room, he sees the walls around him begin to collapse, the windows come loose from their sashes, and the ceiling plaster fall off in great chunks, showering him with a lifetime of debris: newspaper clippings, old photographs, wool jackets, rusty tools, and the mangled brass works of antique clocks. Soon, the clouds from the sky above plummet down on top of him, followed by the stars, till the black night covers him like a shroud. He is hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure. A methodical repairer of clocks, he is now finally released from the usual constraints of time and memory to rejoin his father, an epileptic, itinerant peddler, whom he had lost seven decades before. In his return to the wonder and pain of his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine, he recovers a natural world that is at once indifferent to man and inseparable from him, menacing and awe inspiring. Heartbreaking and life affirming, TINKERS is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

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(4 Jun)
Tinkers is a fantastic reading experience not for the faint of heart. It's more like reading poetry than anything else- if you try to plow through it and read quickly, you won't get anything from the book. I understand why it won awards, though- if you spend the time to enjoy it, the book is amazing.
(26 Nov 2013)
It's great except for being boring, stupid, pointless and poorly written.