Jul 122012
 

This is a relatively short book that tells the story of an old man, a watch maker, who lies dying.  In the last hours of his life, he remembers back to his childhood; a difficult life in rural America.  His father would travel around selling bits and bobs from an old cart and suffered from epilepsy, in a time when the condition was not understood.  These memories merge with his father’s memories of his own father, a minister, who slowly lost his mind.

The language of this book is probably the best that I have read by a contemporary author.  It varies from being almost poetic and lyrical at times, to a stark modernity at other points.  A real masterpiece.

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