Tin Man

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 May 2018

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In Oxford, England, it is 1996, Ellis is recovering from the loss of his wife. He wanted to be an artist but his father forbade it. He works in a paint shop. The novel then goes to his memories of his childhood friendship with Michael, who becomes his best friend. Later Ellis will meet his future wife, Annie. The three of them develop a tight friendship. We flow to Michael’s memories which first tells us of his grandmother’s death. Michael remembers a trip to France that he went on with Ellis. They become lovers. As the novel continues you learn more about Michael’s life.

This is at times a story about surviving the circumstances of their life and a love story. It is also about...

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I really liked the premise of this book and for the first half I was completely engaged with the story and Ellis's character. I felt for him and wanted to find out what happened to bring him to such a lonely place in life. I didn't mind the lack of quotation marks for speech but readers should know this does read like a free flowing narrative, like someone is telling you the story after it happened and there are no breaks for dialogue or even changes in time. At about the halfway point when there's a revelation, the story started to become repetitive for me and the changes in narrative and points in time became confusing. I didn't like feeling that I wasn't sure who...

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This is a touching story about friendship,  love,  and connections that never die.   For a short book, the story about Ellis and Michael's  shows how separation and time can never sever a beautiful friendship.   

I would put their story somewhere om thre spectrum between sad and heartfelt.  It does pull on your heartstrings, though.
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{My Thoughts}
What Worked For Me
Ellis Judd – I found myself immediately drawn to Ellis Judd. There was such sadness around him and I had to discover why. At the story’s onset, Ellis was a creature of habit, following the same routines, day in and day out. His life was completely solitary, yet you knew he once had so much more. At the beginning of Tin Man, Ellis reminded me a little of Ove in A Man Called Ove. That feeling didn’t hold up long, but set the book off on a wonderful path. Even as a boy, Ellis was very endearing. He lost his mom at only 14, and had to continue on with a father who didn’t know how to show Ellis love.

“He rarely went to his father’s house when nobody was there...

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Though this is a short book, it is powerful and I found myself unable to put it down. The writing is elegant and engaging, and I was quickly absorbed by the story of an old friendship and what happens when we grow up. This book has elements of mystery, romance, relationships and I thought it was almost reminiscent of Ian McEwan. Recommended!
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“There’s something about first love, isn’t there? she said. It’s untouchable to those who played no part in it. But it’s the measure of all that follows.”

At 200 (small) pages, Tin Man packs a punch equal to a much larger book. Sarah Winman writes a story about two young boys and their evolving relationship through the years. She does an excellent job of exploring the complexities and intricacies of varying relationships we can experience. The representation is a refreshing take on how delicate and complicated it is to love someone. This aspect of the book was a major win and there were many quote gems throughout the book.

I’m usually a big fan of shorter books but Tin Man fell flat for...

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For some reason, I thought this was YA, which it certainly wasn't. I thought it would be a light-hearted coming of age story of friendship between Ellis and Michael, and while there is some of that, there definitely wasn't enough. The way the story was told was very convoluted as it jumped timelines and left a lot of gaps. Also, I found the lack of quotation marks when people were speaking to be very confusing; I couldn't tell who was speaking half the time which was distracting. Though the writing was beautiful, it seemed overly described and the settings, with all of the names of places, made it hard to make any real connection for me. There was no real action and I became...

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The second half of this book, Michael's chapters, are far more engaging than the first half. This book did not pull me in, so so at best.
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Tin Man is a beautiful book. It is a short read but that doesn't make it any less heart breaking. It is hard to describe Tin Man without giving away spoilers and my advice is if you're interested in Tin Man try to avoid any synopsis that is too detailed - let this book be a surprise to you and you will be grateful for it. Ultimately, Tin Man is a story of love and friendship and its complications.

The book is told from different perspectives, but the perspectives are easy to follow and gives the book depth. The different perspectives also allows you to see the characters different points of view.

When I began the book, I thought it would be a story of Ellis mourning his wife and...

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4+ I starts with a picture of Sunflowers, the same painting Van Gogh painted in the French countryside. Dora, pregnant with Michael wins this copy and againt her husband's wshes hangs it in her house. She will look at its sunny face, day after day, whenever things become unbearable. Michael and Ellis meet when they are twelve, become best friends and for a while something more. Than Ellis meets Annie, and the two of them include Michael in their lives. One day Michael disappears, and then a different tragedy strikes, and that is this story.

How can such a slim book in page count hold so much emotion? Not melodramatically told, but simplygood storytelling and some emotive prose. Such...

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What a surprise this book was for me! The tales of so many people within one book done so beautifully! When I started reading this book I didn't want to do anything but read this book, but I had to do stuff so I took my kindle everywhere. When I was unable to read I would listen to this story. The vivid description of the landscape transported me to London and Paris! The characters in this book were just beautiful!
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Wow what a  wonderful book. It's a lyrical and vivid story that will stay with you long after the last page is read. I am not saying much about this one because honestly you really need to read this one for yourself. You need to linger over the pages and savor this beautiful story. And I don't like to give out spoilers ever. Pick it up though. Seriously. It's a rare gem of a book. Happy reading!
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Many thanks to NetGalley, Tinder Press and Sarah Winman for the opportunity to read and review this book.

This is the story of three friends and lovers - Ellis and Michael were young when they met and forged a strong bond that turned into something more. Annie becomes Ellis' wife. This story is told from both Ellis' and Michael's point of view, in different time periods, so that it takes awhile before we understand all the relationships.

This is a short book but the writing is both beautiful and powerful. The gay relationships in the book may turn some off but this is more a story of friendship, first love, courage, loyalty.
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This is a gorgeous little book that is so hard to describe. The characters drive all the action, yet not a lot of action exists. Feelings exist, as does history, disease, paintings, words. Two young boys, Michael and Ellis, become friends, fall in love, then fall in friendship. Annie comes along, loves Ellis and forms a triumvirate with the two young men. Ellis is left alone in the world, with only his memories and Michael's diaries to keep him company. It all sounds so simple, yet Sarah Winman takes these intense feelings of youth, of hope, of confusion, of death, of tragedy, of grief, and of renewal, and she melds them into a stunning book that I just could not put down. A bit...

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'I said that Ellis and I talked of things in the moment. I said we just existed in each other’s presence, because that’s how it felt. Often in silence. And to a child it was good silence, because nothing felt misconstrued. There was a safety to our friendship, I said. We just fit, I remember saying.'

This is such a beautiful tender story about love, denial, obstacles and the interference of life itself. Ellis and Michael first became friends when they were twelve-year-old boys. What first love is more powerful than that of intense friendship? What is more sacred than finding a kindred of your own choosing? Boys too tender for their bruising fathers, for Michael it is evident he...

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A Novelby Sarah WinmanPrice: $23.00(Paperback)
Published: May 15, 2018
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From the Publisher: Shortlisted for the Costa Novel of the Year Award "This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once."--Matt Haig, author of How to Stop Time From internationally bestselling author Sarah Winman comes an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel celebrating love in all its forms, and the little moments that make up the life of one man. This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that. Ellis and Michael are twelve-year-old boys when they...

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Tin Man is a beautiful, deeply moving novel that packs a punch that I never saw coming. This broke my heart for the second time this year. I put it down drained and devastated, but impressed that such a simple story was able to get under my skin. 

I do have to say that one thing that caught me off guard was the lack of speech quotations. It did take me a a couple if pages to catch on.
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I feel honored to have been able to read something so moving. See full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2366772332
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This is a beautiful book. 

I'm not even sure what else to say about it that would do it justice. 

It's short - I have been reading slowly lately, and I finished it in just over a day. But it packs a powerful punch. 

I don't even know how to describe what it is about other than people. Life. The strange ways in which our lives are shaped and the things that happen to us shape us. 

It's beautiful and true and wonderful.
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In the spirit of Kent Haruf and Leif Enger, Sarah Winman has written a book and the ways we are connected and the depth and breadth of the spaces between us. Tin Man is the story of three lovers: Micheal, Annie, and Ellis. Micheal and Ellis have a passionate but complicated past, Annie and Ellis have a passionate but complicated future, and in between them lies all of their loss, experiences, hopes, and eventually, despair and death.

After a tragic accident, Ellis is left alone. Through his memories and experiences, we explore the terrain of grief and love, what makes us human and the ways we dehumanize even ourselves. This isn't a book about doing as much as it is a book about...

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