It 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 couldn't be closer. And the boys become men, and then they meet Annie, and it changes nothing and everything.
Tin Man sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of When God Was a Rabbit and A Year of Marvellous Ways with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.
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By C. Long on 02-08-17
I have just finished listening to Tin Man and I have that sad feeling that always comes when you have finished a wonderful book.
A simple story but so beautifully written and narrated that it feels like an epic.
I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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By Lucy P on 18-04-18
Difficult narration and confusing jumps between different years/1st person sections
This book has quite a good plot - 2 close male friends, their love for one another and then their lives and loves afterwards.
However, the audiobook is sadly hugely let down by the author’s narration - it has a depressive single tone throughout and after 30 minutes had me feeling thoroughly low with no other explanation. (I don’t exaggerate here!)
The sex scenes are rendered passionless by the same tone. I found it very difficult to imagine the characters ‘being’; I was always aware of, and concentrating on trying to see past the narration.
Confusingly, new chapters with different 1st person, or where the plot jumps to a new decade aren’t clearly separated, or titled, so it takes take a while to work out what’s going on.
Lastly, I’ve volunteered for HIV/AIDS charities for years and have read the excellent ‘How to Survive a Plague’ - there is a scene in the book where bruise-like KS legions (Kaposi sarcoma) are searched for on the body with no explanation to the reader about what the represent. As a regular person, you have to have an advanced knowledge of AIDS to understand this plot line as it stands.
In a nutshell, buy the book before the audiobook!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful