Tin Man: The Book of the Year, Tender, Moving and Beautiful
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2017 COSTA NOVEL AWARD
From the internationally bestselling author of WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT comes a heartbreaking celebration of love in all its forms, and the moments that illuminate the life of one man.
This is almost a love story. But it's not as simple as that.
'Her best novel to date' Observer
'An exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss' Gu
Once in a while, I read a book that astonishes me. Not simply because it is well-written and well-imagined, but because the sensitivity of the characters remind me of why human beings are worth it.
Why they are worth not only our time and money, but also our friendship and love. It’s no secret that humans can be awful to one another, but they can also be each other’s saviours.
This is more than a story about first love. It’s more than a story about grief. It’s more than a story, p ...more
And Ellis remembered thinking he would never meet anyone like him again, and in that acknowledgement, he knew, was love.
What a beautiful, bittersweet story about first love.
Tin Man is a short book at just over two-hundred pages, but it packs a powerful punch. It follows the intoxicating relationship between Ellis and Michael, from the time they were young boys. In their youth, the pair create their own little world of cycling, swimming and art in 1960s Oxford, a world that eventually graduates ...more
I know that blurbs on the covers of books often come from friends or other authors from the same publisher, but when Matt Haig says, "This is an astoundingly beautiful book. It drips with tenderness. It breaks your heart and warms it all at once," how can you resist?
"'There's something about first love, isn't there?' she said. 'It's untouchable to those who ...more
Sarah Winman had me in the palm of her hands at the very start of her novel..and held me there until the end. The writing is wonderful -original- artful - lucid - simple and emotionally powerful.
Ellis and Michael became best friends as kids. Their friendship was sacred - their bond strong - and then when they were grown guys - Ellis married Annie. Ellis, Mich ...more
Tin Man is a nostalgic and melancholy read filled with bitter memories and finding oneself at middle age—at any age. More so than plot, this novel offers a meandering of tender memories that all coalesce like rivers in a delta, pooling into one larger story.
Quite honestly, Tin Man offers more by way of poetic descriptions of landscape and emotion ...more
"We love who we love, don’t we?”
The consideration of alternative paths one’s life can take was particularly poignant and really resonated with me.
“How cruel it was that our plans were out there somewhere. Another version of our future, out ...more
“O, I’m gonna be wounded
O, I’m gonna be your wound
O, I’m gonna bruise you
O, you’re gonna be my bruise”
-- The Words of Your Body, Spring Awakening
”All Dora Judd ever told anyone about that night three weeks before Christmas was that she won the painting in a raffle.
“She remembered being out in the back garden, as lights from the Cowley Car Plant spilled across the darkening sky, smoking her last cigarette, thinking there must be more to life.
“Back inside, her husband sai ...more
As The Guardian says about it “Tin Man is a story about alternate lives that might have been lived had circumstances been different”
Hence this is a story of love, loss,and extreme loneliness.... of a friendship that starts out with two young boys and later a girl, caught up in a tender love triangle.
Deeply affecting..the loneliness is palpable. This is one story I won’t forget.
I, as a few others who have read this, will be adding some other books to my TBR by this auth ...more
an accurate definition of my feelings since finishing this book. i feel like someone took my heart and wrung it out dry of every emotion i am capable of feeling.
this was as story about the complexity of human emotions - the suffocating power of grief, the deafening silence of loneliness, the glimmering light of hope, the comfortable steadiness of friendship, and the ever consuming ability of love.
a very moving book.
The story actually begins in 1950, before Ellis is born, when his mother Dora wins a prize at a bar and she chooses a copy of Van Gogh’s picture of sunflowers in the French countryside. She had seen the picture and others by Van Gogh during a school trip to the National Gallery and she felt it represented wh ...more
There were so many emotions going through my mind, my heart whilst reading. I couldn’t fully process one emotion, before I was bombarded with another, then another, with some moments of stillness and on the cycle went. My mind was just spiralling trying to grasp all the meanings and the beauty the author could’ve meant by writing about such small and subtle moments.
And I have to hand that to the writing of this ...more
Tin Man is very short and deceptively simply written, but it packs a punch. The story focuses on the relationship between Ellis and Michael. They meet when they are boys. They drift in and out of each other’s lives but the emotional bond between them is strong and complicated. The story is first told from Ellis’ perspective and then from Michael’s perspective. There are a few other strong characters, including Ellis’ mother and wife, who add a lot of dimension to the story. The ti ...more
This book takes place in England and spans the time period of the early sixties to the mid-nineties. I was immediately drawn emotionally to the character of Ellis Judd, a man in his forties who is just going through the motions to get up each day and go to work. He's functioning physically like a machine, yet he's swallowed up by grief and emptiness as he passes through each day. The work alarm goes off, h ...more
Description! Too much description! A good part of the book is the main character wandering around the street, noticing things—well, noticing EVERYTHING. I don’t need to see the sun and the flowers and the roads and the light and the buildings. Every. Single. Thing. I really don’t. I guess you could say I’m not a visual person. I’m not one to soak up nature; I’d rather be sitting inside, letting my head, my family, a friend, a book, or a movie talk to me. So w ...more
Everything else was perfect. I enjoyed the characters, the writer's simple style, the oh so emotional story and even the leaping around in time which meant the story was revealed piece by piece. There was a lot of loss and a lot of sadness, but also periods of great happiness. ...more
TIN MAN is a complex story of tough love and friendships, dysfunctional families and heartbreaking loss....losses that disrupt life that are mostly, but not always associated with death....And it all begins so innocently with a raffle for a painting of sunflowers.
Ellis and Michael are so young when they first meet and discover some of the possibilities of life; and when Annie joins the picture, the two become three and even deeper frien...more
Tin Man is a gentle, melancholy filled novel, that's quite different from anything I've read in recent times. It is the first Sarah Winman book I read and I know it won't be the last.
I should probably stay with this novel a bit longer and try to write a review later when I'm less sleepy, but we all know that's not my style.
This is an unusual novel in its execution. As you'll see it mentioned in many reviews, there are no speech marks. The punctuation nazi in me was initially put off by it, but ...more
Truly memorable. If you haven’t read this little gem yet, I highly recommend it.
Told in two distinct parts, Tin Man is a love story but so much more. It is the memoir of two men, Ellis and Michael, who, during their youth, were shy, young lovers. Ellis, however, went on to marry the woman of dreams, Annie, and the three of them formed a very close, tight friendshi ...more
Tin Man, a tender and beautiful story, is heartbreaking and wonderfully moving. At twelve years old, Ellis and Michael become friends. They both have difficult family lives and less than stellar relationships with their fathers. They spend lots of time together having fun and exploring their town outside of London, and then, their close friendship becomes something more.
Ten years later, Ellis is married to Ann ...more
Fast forward decades and the next section of the book begins with Dora’s son, Ellis, who ...more
What a strange but alluring book! It is a story of two boys who are friends and then they are more than that. The boys Ellis and Michael are twelve at the onset of the story discovering life, bicycling, swimming, trying to escape their fathers who are imperious, and finding that friendship leads them to something else.
The story then jumps to years later to the time when Ellis is married to Anne. In the meantime the author makes ...more
The story is about two men who were childhood friends and lovers, without putting labels on it really, and the painful/bittersweet/nostalgic realizations they make as adults. Ellis does so after losing his wife and is trying to navigate life alone, Michael does so in his childhood writings that we see in the second half of the book ...more
There’s a dream like quality to the book- we are swirling in Ellis’ and Michael’s memories- from the time they met onwards. Two friends with broken families who learn to find happiness because of their friendship. They are both well fleshed out characters that the reader definitely becomes invested in.
This book is about friendships and love and memories. It is about loss and recapturing your memories.
“....just bec ...more
At first glance, this is a novel about Ellis, a widower in his early fifties who is deeply lonely. He continues to mourn for his wife, Annie, five years after her death. He calls up his father’s girlfriend to reminisce, he fails to make progress on the home improvemen ...more