Tinkers

Tinkers

Audiobook on MP3 CD - 2008
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An old man lies dying. As time collapses into memory, he travels deep into his past where he is reunited with his father and relives the wonder and pain of his impoverished New England youth. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, Tinkers is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.
Publisher: Grand Haven, Mich. : Brilliance Audio, p2008
ISBN: 9781441879936
Branch Call Number: MP3BK FIC HAR
Characteristics: 1 sound disc (4 hrs., 51 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Rummel, Christian

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Mar 31, 2014

**** stars. An old man lies dying. This book unfurls the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather surrounded by his family in his New England home 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 7 decades before. Tinkers is about the legacy of consciousness and the porousness of identity from one generation the next. At once heartbreaking and life affirming, it is an elegiac meditation on love, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature. The descriptions of the father's epilepsy and the 'cold halo of chemical electricity that encircled him immediately before he was struck by a full seizure' are stunning, and the household's sadness permeates the narrative as George returns to more melancholy scenes. The real star is Harding's language, which dazzles whether he's describing the workings of clocks, sensory images of nature, the many engaging side characters who populate the book, or even a short passage on how to build a bird nest. **** This first novel won the Pulitzer prize in 2010. George Washington Crosby lies dying and wandering from present to past in the company of his family. This is, of course, not a happy book, but the writing is impeccable. You move with George through hallucinations and real memories. What I found myself wondering about was whether his knowledge of his father was drug - or illness - induced or archetypal. Do we carry the memories of our forebears in our brain cells or in our genes? This is a book that causes you at its end to want to begin again and relearn its lessons with the new-found knowledge of your first reading. Another book that had this same effect upon me was Louise Erdrich's "Love Medicine". Highly recommend

Crheneghan Jan 05, 2014

I thought of Peace Like a River by Lief Enger when I listened to this book. Slightly confusing on audio because of the two story lines, that of the father Howard (and briefly his father) and the son George. Beautiful and philosophical.

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