The novel, about a dying man’s recollection of past, and relationship of his father opens astoryline leaving you thinking. The novel Tinkers by Paul Harding is a remarkable story that isfilled with a unique perception of an epileptic man named George, whose life ticking like aclock. He hallucinates his past modest live while he is fading away, opening the story of thegeneration of men, including his father and son, that evokes his life in a way. The story isexplosive when describing George’s father, Howard, who traveled and sold goods. Throughoutthe story the novel the narration switches between George, Howard, and Howard’s dad, eachwith their own specific memories. The question that arises is how are the men different? How arethey similar? Maybe the differences and similarities lead to George’s strange sense of physicalself throughout the story.
Two of the men in the novel suffer through a type of health condition that shapes each oftheir own lives. Each of the two men’s conditions are not similar, but the coincidental healthconditions suffered through each generation. The novel adds different dimensions to explain thelives of the three men. Howard, George’s dad,, that is epileptic. Howard had his seizures at Patel 1 young age when he ran away to seek his own father who was sent away. He got married toKathleen, who slowly become frustrated with what to do when his seizures continued to worsen.Howard chose to leave at a mental health facility Kathleen arranged, and soon raised a newfamily.
Howard’s condition was very frustrating, and his childhood was very similar to George’s.They were both similar in how they both had to deal with a condition with their father. George’sgrandfather started to go mad when Howard was young. Both George and Howard had to dealwith the aftermath of the condition.
The difference in the men was that out of all three of them,George was the only one who didn’t suffer through some type of health issue. The similarity in these men was that the work they all did. They all lived a very modestlife, working at mediocre jobs that really wasn’t anything special among them.
Although, theyboth lived the modest lives, Howard ran away and started a new family, while George did not.That makes their integrity a difference in a way as well. In conclusion, Tinkers did a terrific job in exploring the generation of these three men’slives.
Even though there was similarities and differences in the men, I believe the way theirchildhood perceived shaped them into who they were.George’s last few moments fading awayopened his childhood, along with Howard. The narration within the story also helped us see theway the men were apart of George’s life as he slowly disappears into unconsciousness.