Tin Man

Tin Man

Large Print - 2018
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This novel begins with a painting won in a raffle: 15 sunflowers, hung on the wall by a woman who believes that men and boys are capable of beautiful things. And then there are two boys, Ellis and Michael, who are inseparable. And the boys become men, and then Annie walks into their lives, and it changes nothing and everything.
Publisher: Rearsby, Leicester :, WF Howes Ltd,, 2018.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017.
ISBN: 9781528816700
Characteristics: 197 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.

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Nisha_Pan
Jan 09, 2019

People. Prose. A story of the complexities of lifelong love and friendship.

ArapahoeJulieH Dec 14, 2018

A beautiful story of love, grief, friendship and the power of art. Tin Man is a short but emotionally powerful novel written with empathy and sensitivity. I look forward to reading more of Sarah Winman in the future.

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brangwinn
Sep 30, 2018

A quiet novel explores what friendship and love is, and how you learn to survive when people you love die.

ArapahoeLesley Jul 10, 2018

This is a tiny book that is filled with tons of heart. A strong character study, this story comes together like hazy memories half remembered one moment and then slam, hitting you in the gut the next. Lyrical, atmospheric and resonating.

VaughanPLAlyssia Jul 04, 2018

A beautiful little novel, the kind you read in one sitting. Tuck yourself away with a blanket and a cup of tea because this one is a tearjerker. It’s not really a love story but it is about love (and loss, and growth, and loneliness). Your heart will ache for everyone in it, though I would have liked to stick with Ellis’s POV as I found it the most affecting. I do wish Michael’s story was different (can a gay man be happy for once?) but that’s a personal preference. Overall it’s a touching little package of heartbreak.

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auroralibrary1
Jun 27, 2018

A beautiful story. Well written and very thought provoking.
I'm not into romance novels, but I was glued to this novel.

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wyenotgo
Jun 26, 2018

This is first and foremost a love story. And therefore, it's also about loss, pain, joy and heartbreak. Since I do not read "romances" I've had to open a new shelf for this one, "affairs of the heart". I may come to regret doing so, but we shall see.
But why only 3 1/2 stars? I suppose partly because I'm not a romantic, so chalk that up to a failing on my part. But I also have other complaints. To begin with, it took a very long time for the book to grasp and hold my attention; I re-read the first 40 pages TWICE before I was able to pick up the thread and make sense of it. The opening looked promising, with the significance of the sunflower painting as a hook -- but then it wandered off in several other directions and I lost interest in all of the characters. The abrupt changes in focus between characters didn't work for me. And the wrap-up at the end came across as contrived. All of which is too bad because the unique emotional set-up among the three principal characters was truly wonderful, almost saving the book. And Winman's evocation of place and setting and atmosphere through sound, light, smells and memories is outstanding. One last comment: her metaphor of heart break as the gentle fall of a swallow will stay with me for a very long time.

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marylchurchill
Jun 08, 2018

What an amazing little book. The author reminds us of the power of our first loves - of people, of art, of writing. The power our memories have to stay with us throughout our lives in a myriad of small ways, to always pull us back to a what might have been, to pull us down alternate paths. This is a book about growing up, growing old, love, loss, art, and human emotion.

Nicr May 28, 2018

Delicately luminous portrait of love, friendship and heartbreak ("the sound of an exhausted swallow falling gently to earth").

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uncommonreader
May 21, 2018

This is a story about the love and friendship of three people. It is also a story about loneliness, told from the perspective of two characters. One half is more interesting and better than the other half.

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