Tinkers by Paul Harding

Find in catalogToo poetic for my taste, with lengthy insertions that I don’t see the point of. Yet the book has wonderful descriptions and characterizations. ”Ray Morrel, at twelve years old, had the air of a chaste, fastidious old bachelor, someone who knew about commemorative coins and prevailing winds…” Harding evokes without glamour a hard-working small-town life, close to the earth, of less than a century ago. Men drive wagons or trucks, boys bring in the wood, mothers clean, take care of sick children, and cope.


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