Still Not a Pulitzer Prize Winning Reader – A Review of Tinkers

Tinkers.  Hmmm.  I was so excited to dive into a new book after last month’s disappointment - Olive Kitteridge – but I feel as though I should just copy and paste last month’s book review.  After all my big talk of being ok with not being a Pulitzer Prize winning reader, I still held out hope that I would fall in love with Tinkers, another Pulitzer Prize winner.  I have been trying to come up with a synopsis of this book, but I literally cannot.  There’s a guy George who is dying, and he is remembering his father who is remembering his father.  Then there is a bunch of stuff about clocks, being a traveling salesman, epilepsy and somebody named Old Sabbatis.  This was definitely one of those books where I would read a page and not be able to recall a word I read.  I have a feeling that if I read Tinkers two or three more times (maybe four?) I would actually like it, but I can’t bring myself to try it.  So, if you’re interested in something deep and spending a little time reading and rereading, then Tinkers might be your thing.  Let me know if I missed something!  In the meantime, I’ll go back to enjoying my Scottish hottie in the Outlander series.  Hey, my IQ can’t have plummeted that far, those books are 800 pages long and I follow every bit of it!!


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  1. Chrissy Santerelli says:

    I totally agree with your review. I kept reading the book, hoping that a significant and meaningful plot would start to form, but was disappointed that it never did. There were may opportunities in the book for the storyline to become more developed. I wonder why the author decided not to embelish more on the interesting characters that were in this book. Also, if you are looking to learn about clocks…where they were originated, how they work, how to fix them, etc. , then this is the perfect book for you. References to clocks and their inner workings pop up in strange places throughout this book!