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I’m conflicted about my feelings for Tin Man. Whilst I’m glad I read it, the latter half of the novel frustrated me a little. Beyond that, Sarah Winman’s writing is exquisite and I felt deeply connected to her characters. Tin Man is about two boys, Ellis and Michael, who love each other. This love follows them into adulthood until Ellis meets and marries Annie. Friendship blossoms between the three but also distances Michael from Ellis.
Tin Man is a novel that tries to be about hope. Instead it is about angsty love, loneliness, and tragedy. I’m all for a sad & cozy read but I couldn’t enjoy Tin Man after a certain point. Some character arcs and motivations go unexplained. Also, other gripes I had while reading is there are no quotation marks in the entire novel and the different time periods (past memories and present happenings) are confusing.
Okay, final thoughts: it’s a beautiful tale about (un)requited love that was touching but I want to read happy lgbtq stories. The writing was absolutely poetic particularly the descriptions of landscapes. The metaphors and themes were enticing but couldn’t stay that way given the nature of the story. Would I recommend Tin Man? Yes, if you’d like to get your heart broken by a pile of pages!