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?
Tin Man is a love letter to human kindness and friendship, and to loss and living.
This book is written from the perspective of each of the main characters, first Ellis secondly Michael. The narrative of Ellis each covers many years, jumping back and forth, I found this difficult to follow at times. Michael’s narrative is taken from his journals and thus follows a more direct timeline. This book deals with relationships, how they can be interpreted differently by the parties and how one decision can alter lives. Not sure how I feel about this book, it wasn’t my favorite but I get the point.