Mega Dose
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Interviews | September 2, 2014

Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



David MitchellDavid Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »
  1. $21.00 Sale Hardcover add to wish list

    The Bone Clocks

    David Mitchell 9781400065677

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.95
List price: $14.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Airport Literature- A to Z
4 Beaverton Literature- A to Z
74 Local Warehouse Literature- A to Z

Tinkers

by

Tinkers Cover

 

Awards

Staff Pick

Tinkers is a haunting little book that weaves together the story of George Crosby, who is dying, with the story of his father, Howard Crosby. As George lies hallucinating, he tries to untangle the threads of his youth and finally come to grips with the enigma that is his father. Howard is an epileptic at a time in history when being so gets one labeled "insane." He suffers under that burden and finds a way of dealing with it that will haunt his son forever. Paul Harding writes like no one you've ever read: lyrical, poetic, spare, and lush.
Recommended by Dianah, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

From Powells.com:

Congratulations to Paul Harding and Bellevue Press for the recent Pulitzer win! And, we're delighted to say that Powell's featured a signed and numbered special edition of Tinkers in Volume 8 of Indiespensable, our exclusive book club. (View all of our past volumes here.) Less than 2,000 hardcover copies of Tinkers were printed, and 750 of those went to our subscribers! Wow. So, don't miss out on another extremely valuable collector's item, sign up for Indiespensable today!

Publisher Comments:

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 7 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.

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.

Review:

"Harding's outstanding debut unfurls the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather surrounded by his family in his New England home. George Washington Crosby repairs clocks for a living and on his deathbed revisits his turbulent childhood as the oldest son of an epileptic smalltime traveling salesman. 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 is an especially gorgeous example of novelistic craftsmanship." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Tinkers is truly remarkable.... It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls." Marilynne Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Home and Gilead

Review:

"In astounding language sometimes seemingly struck by lightning, sometimes as tight and complicated as clockwork, Harding shows how enormous fiction can be, and how economical. Read this book and marvel." Elizabeth McCracken

Review:

"Tinkers is a remarkable piece of work... fascinating — and sometimes horrific — to read, and is cumulatively moving because it is woven together into the single quilt of our humanity." Barry Unsworth

Review:

"Every so often (and this must happen to you too) a writer describes something so well — snow, oranges, dirt — that you can smell it or feel it or sense it in the room. The writing does what all those other art forms do — evoke the essence of the thing. In this astonishing novel, Paul Harding creates a New England childhood, beginning with the landscape." Susan Salter Reynolds, L.A. Times

Review:

"A beautifully written meditation on life, death, the passage of time and man's eternal attempt to harness it... one of 2009's most intriguing debuts." Carole Goldberg, Hartford Courant

Review:

"Harding is a first-rate writer, and his fascination with what makes his characters tick recommends him as a philosopher, as well." Jonathan Messinger, Time Out Chicago

Review:

"Harding's rendering is replete with a fantastic array of forehead-slapping ruminations and observations and adroit and elegiac turns of phrases... A remarkable book." Robert Birnbaum, The Morning News

Review:

"This compact, adamantine début dips in and out of the consciousness of a New England patriarch named George Washington Crosby as he lies dying on a hospital bed in his living room, ‘right where they put the dining room table, fitted with its two extra leaves for holiday dinners’…In Harding’s skillful evocation, Crosby’s life, seen from its final moments, becomes a mosaic of memories, ‘showing him a different self every time he tried to make an assessment." The New Yorker

Review:

"Harding’s interest is in the universalities: nature and time and the murky character of memory…The small, important recollections are rendered with an exactitude that is poetic…Harding's prose is lyrical and specific...Tinkers is a poignant exploration of where we may journey when the clock has barely a tick or two left and we really can’t go anywhere at all."The Boston Globe

Review:

"At only a very brief 192 pages, it still packs an emotional punch that books of three times its length often lack. It's a novel that you'll want to savor for its stunning yet economical use of language, for its descriptions of nature, of illness and health, and for its profound understanding of humanity's deepest needs and desires for family and home. I found reading it to be an incredibly moving experience, yet Harding is in such control of his material that it never devolves into mushiness or becomes maudlin." Nancy Pearl

Review:

"In Paul Harding's stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"There are few perfect debut American novels. Walter Percy's The Moviegoer and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird come to mind. So does Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. To this list ought to be added Paul Harding's devastating first book, Tinkers....Harding has written a masterpiece." John Freeman, National Public Radio

Review:

"Writing with breathtaking lyricism and tenderness, Harding has created a rare and beautiful novel of spiritual inheritance and acute psychological and metaphysical suspense." Booklist (starred review)

Review:

"Filled with lovely Whitmanesque descriptions of the natural world, this slim novel gives shape to the extraordinary variety in the thoughts of otherwise ordinary men." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

An astonishing first novel of memory, consciousness, and man's place in the natural world.

About the Author

Paul Harding has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has taught writing at Harvard and The University of Iowa. He lives near Boston with his wife and two sons. This is his first novel.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 33 comments:

YongJae, February 22, 2013 (view all comments by YongJae)
This books exists in small fragments, in memories or poetic ramblings or reflections on nature. It succeeds in being even more in total than any of its lonely wanderings down the rabbit hole of early America are in part. What makes this book truly special, however, is in after earning the reader's empathy, asking of him whether or not the sum of the experiences is for the characters as fulfilling as it is for the reader. In Tinkers, Harding creates a vivid and heartfelt world full of nature, memories, and family. His diction is excellent and this book is worthy of praise.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)
Elizabeth Marker, January 18, 2013 (view all comments by Elizabeth Marker)
The story is fascinating but it's the language that draws you in. It's evocative and poetic. Almost not prose. Combined with a plot that share's the memories of a dying man and of his father's life it shapes a natural world you want to live in. It's one of the few that are on my re-read list for the beauty of the language.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)
jgrgas, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by jgrgas)
A beautiful book that I cannot stop thinking about.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(0 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 33 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9781934137123
Author:
Harding, Paul
Publisher:
Bellevue Literary Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Reminiscing in old age.
Subject:
Dementia
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20090131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.1 x 5.1 in 6.8 oz

Other books you might like

  1. Outlander Sale Trade Paper $7.98
  2. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    Used Trade Paper $8.95
  3. George Bush, Dark Prince of Love: A... Used Trade Paper $3.95
  4. Wild Life Used Hardcover $8.95
  5. The Great Gatsby
    Used Trade Paper $3.50
  6. Dubliners (Dover Thrift Editions) Used Trade Paper $1.50

Related Subjects

Featured Titles » Award Winners
Featured Titles » General
Featured Titles » Pulitzer Prize Winners
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Tinkers Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.95 In Stock
Product details 192 pages Bellevue Literary Press - English 9781934137123 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Tinkers is a haunting little book that weaves together the story of George Crosby, who is dying, with the story of his father, Howard Crosby. As George lies hallucinating, he tries to untangle the threads of his youth and finally come to grips with the enigma that is his father. Howard is an epileptic at a time in history when being so gets one labeled "insane." He suffers under that burden and finds a way of dealing with it that will haunt his son forever. Paul Harding writes like no one you've ever read: lyrical, poetic, spare, and lush.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Harding's outstanding debut unfurls the history and final thoughts of a dying grandfather surrounded by his family in his New England home. George Washington Crosby repairs clocks for a living and on his deathbed revisits his turbulent childhood as the oldest son of an epileptic smalltime traveling salesman. 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 is an especially gorgeous example of novelistic craftsmanship." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Tinkers is truly remarkable.... It confers on the reader the best privilege fiction can afford, the illusion of ghostly proximity to other human souls."
"Review" by , "In astounding language sometimes seemingly struck by lightning, sometimes as tight and complicated as clockwork, Harding shows how enormous fiction can be, and how economical. Read this book and marvel."
"Review" by , "Tinkers is a remarkable piece of work... fascinating — and sometimes horrific — to read, and is cumulatively moving because it is woven together into the single quilt of our humanity."
"Review" by , "Every so often (and this must happen to you too) a writer describes something so well — snow, oranges, dirt — that you can smell it or feel it or sense it in the room. The writing does what all those other art forms do — evoke the essence of the thing. In this astonishing novel, Paul Harding creates a New England childhood, beginning with the landscape."
"Review" by , "A beautifully written meditation on life, death, the passage of time and man's eternal attempt to harness it... one of 2009's most intriguing debuts."
"Review" by , "Harding is a first-rate writer, and his fascination with what makes his characters tick recommends him as a philosopher, as well."
"Review" by , "Harding's rendering is replete with a fantastic array of forehead-slapping ruminations and observations and adroit and elegiac turns of phrases... A remarkable book."
"Review" by , "This compact, adamantine début dips in and out of the consciousness of a New England patriarch named George Washington Crosby as he lies dying on a hospital bed in his living room, ‘right where they put the dining room table, fitted with its two extra leaves for holiday dinners’…In Harding’s skillful evocation, Crosby’s life, seen from its final moments, becomes a mosaic of memories, ‘showing him a different self every time he tried to make an assessment."
"Review" by , "Harding’s interest is in the universalities: nature and time and the murky character of memory…The small, important recollections are rendered with an exactitude that is poetic…Harding's prose is lyrical and specific...Tinkers is a poignant exploration of where we may journey when the clock has barely a tick or two left and we really can’t go anywhere at all."
"Review" by , "At only a very brief 192 pages, it still packs an emotional punch that books of three times its length often lack. It's a novel that you'll want to savor for its stunning yet economical use of language, for its descriptions of nature, of illness and health, and for its profound understanding of humanity's deepest needs and desires for family and home. I found reading it to be an incredibly moving experience, yet Harding is in such control of his material that it never devolves into mushiness or becomes maudlin."
"Review" by , "In Paul Harding's stunning first novel, we find what readers, writers and reviewers live for."
"Review" by , "There are few perfect debut American novels. Walter Percy's The Moviegoer and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird come to mind. So does Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping. To this list ought to be added Paul Harding's devastating first book, Tinkers....Harding has written a masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Writing with breathtaking lyricism and tenderness, Harding has created a rare and beautiful novel of spiritual inheritance and acute psychological and metaphysical suspense."
"Review" by , "Filled with lovely Whitmanesque descriptions of the natural world, this slim novel gives shape to the extraordinary variety in the thoughts of otherwise ordinary men."
"Synopsis" by ,
An astonishing first novel of memory, consciousness, and man's place in the natural world.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.