Tin Man

Tin Man

Large Print - 2018
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"My favorite book of the year was Tin Man . Sparsely written and achingly beautiful... The most powerful take on love, loss and vulnerability I've read in years." --A Cup of Jo

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 first become friends, and for a long time it is just the two of them, cycling the streets of Oxford, teaching themselves how to swim, discovering poetry, and dodging the fists of overbearing fathers. And then one day this closest of friendships grows into something more.

But then we fast-forward a decade or so, to find that Ellis is married to Annie, and Michael is nowhere in sight. Which leads to the question: What happened in the years between?

With beautiful prose and characters that are so real they jump off the page, Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition, first large print edition
ISBN: 9780525631880
Branch Call Number: LP WINMAN
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 19 cm

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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 04, 2019

A beautiful heartfelt book about friendship and love. Haunted in parts by the Aids epidemic of the 1980's.

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ArapahoeMaryA Feb 27, 2019

Tin man is a melancholy, non-linear meander through a lifetime of love. Tender, atmospheric and lyrical – this will not appeal to those drawn to plot-driven, action-packed reads.

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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.

What a beautiful story of love, friendship and loss! On the cover Matt Haig says, "It breaks your heart and warms it all at once," and I couldn't agree more. It is a small book but with giant characters that will stay with you forever. AL_ALYSONC

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


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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 04, 2019

A beautiful heartfelt book about friendship and love. Haunted in parts by the Aids epidemic of the 1980's.

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 27, 2019

Tin man is a melancholy, non-linear meander through a lifetime of love. Tender, atmospheric and lyrical – this will not appeal to those drawn to plot-driven, action-packed reads.

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Havanacat
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.

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ArapahoeAnnaL Mar 04, 2019

I'd never felt more myself. Or more in tune to what I was and what I was capable of. A moment of authenticity when fate and blueprint collide and everything is not only possible , but within arm's reach. And I fell in love. Madly, nonintoxicatingly so. I think he may have, too. Just for a moment. But I never really knew.

ArapahoeMaryA Feb 27, 2019

And I wonder what the sound of a heart breaking might be. And I think it might be quiet, unperceptively so, and not dramatic at all. Like the sound of an exhausted swallow falling gently to earth.

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.

Men and boys should be capable of beautiful things.

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