Tinkers – Paul Harding

Tinkers - Paul Harding

Original book title: Tinkers
Author: Paul Harding
Publisher: Ekholm & Tegebjer, 178 pages
Year of publication: 2012
Format: Hardcover
Language: Swedish

This book is part of my 2015 reading challenge

This is the first book I read written by the Pulitzer prize winner Paul Harding.
Reading this book is like going out on the lake with a rowing boat – it’s a great and romantic idea until it’s not. There are moments on the rowing boat where you appreciate the scenery for example, but you quickly realize that it is basically the same wherever you look. And when you try to get back to shore it takes much longer time than you thought. That is the exact same feeling I had while reading Tinkers. There are some beautiful parts in this book, but most of the time I was confused as a reader.

This book is about George Washington Crosby, who lies dying in his living room surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He drifts in and out of consciousness. He thinks about his father and his grandfather and his memories takes him to his childhood.

This book starts out slow but somewhere in the middle it gets better and then slows down again. What makes this book great is the writing and to be honest with you it is also the only thing that makes this book worth reading. The story is confusing and doesn’t give you an answer about anything.

Even if this book is a slow read I still recommend it. The language and the writing is amazing and I understand why this book got the Pulitzer prize. And it is a short book, you can finish it in just a few days.