Saturday, April 24, 2010

Thoughts on Tinkers

I picked up Tinkers by Paul Harding at the library just days after it was announced as the 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.  I had not heard anything about this book before, but based on some recommendations I'd seen on Twitter I thought I should check it out.

Alas, I was disappointed.

The writing is good (at times beautiful), but for me there isn't much of a story to follow and I couldn't feel anything for any of the characters to get me interested in them.  If the book had been any longer (it is only 191 pages in paperback) I don't know that I would have stayed with it until the end.

It just proves once again that everyone's taste in books is different, and "vive le difference". 


  1. I just picked this up from the library and read 60 pages. The writing is beautiful, but I'm not sure how I feel about the story yet.

  2. aww bummers! i'll still read it, but it's always sad when a book doesn't live up to its prize winning glory.

  3. I haven't heard much about this one so thanks for the review, I think it was certainly a surprise winner

  4. Vive le diference indeed! I'm sorry this was a bit of a let down for you though.

  5. I always wonder just WHAT award committees are actually looking for...then I would know a little more what to expect, you know?


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