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Book Thoughts: Tin Man (Sarah Winman)

Winman, Sarah - Tin Man

★★★★★☆☆

Title: Tin Man
Author: Sarah Winman
Genre: Fiction/Literary Fiction   Pages: 213
First published: 2017
Edition: Kindle e-book

Man, this little novel hit me in the feels. Curse you, Sarah Winman, for breaking my heart!

This novel is told in two parts by two men, who were always more than best friends. The first is a third person narrative from Ellis’ point of view and the second is a first person narrative from Michael’s point of view. Even whilst I was reading Ellis’ part, I felt like it would have been much better in first person. I found the third person narrative a little jarring here. I was pleasantly surprised when it came to Michael’s part. I was right. The first person narrative felt much more natural to me and it was the bit that had me in tears. Of course, the author probably used these narrative styles for the two men for a good reason. Maybe to underline the difference between them?

I felt like Ellis’ part was the skeleton and Michael’s tale the flesh.

The relationships in this book are just wonderful and I fell in love with Annie along the way. She was a character that I really connected to, even if we never really got to know her that well. The relationship between Ellis and Michael is uneven, but powerful, and beautifully written.

As the second part was, in my opinion, much stronger, I left the book on a high (but sad) note and I feel glad that I have read it. This will hit you in the feels, but it is so worth reading!

5 out of 7 stars (so close to 6 stars!)

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