Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tinkers

"Paul Harding's Tinkers is not just a novel—though it is a brilliant novel. It's an instruction manual on how to look at nearly everything. Harding takes the back off to show you the miraculous ticking of the natural world, the world of clocks, generations of family, an epileptic brain, the human soul. 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

"Harding is a first-rate writer, and his fascination with what makes his characters tick recommends him as a philosopher, as well. At its mahogany outer shell, Tinkers is a novel about the way families lay down unimpeachable tracks on future generations. But in its inner chamber, it’s about the way the mind fetishizes the smallest acts—the gears that keep life trued—even as our bodies enter a final winter." --Time Out Chicago

I've just spent an hour walking in the woods and listening to Christopher Lydon's wonderful conversation with Paul Harding, which can be heard, and downloaded, here.