Customer Reviews for

The Tin Horse: A Novel

Average Rating 4
( 11 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(5)

3 Star

(3)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1
  • Posted February 13, 2013

    This is a story about the malleability of memory and of how Trut

    This is a story about the malleability of memory and of how Truth is in the eyes of the beholder. It is a story of the family ties that bind us and those that can tear us apart. Set against the backdrop of the rise of Hitler, anti-Semitism, and World War II, this story explores the emotional fallout of those events on Jewish-Americans and their families. The characters are well-developed, and the dialogue helps to flesh them out. The historical details are fascinating and well-researched. The plot is suspenseful and complex -- moving back and forth in time -- yet easy to follow and understand. This is much more than a mystery or detective story. It raises thought-provoking questions about memory, truth, families, and about the broader implications of the Holocaust for modern Jewish identity.


    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted January 29, 2013

    The Tin Horse is a sweet look at real people living their lives

    The Tin Horse is a sweet look at real people living their lives in Los Angeles in the 20's and 30's. The protagonist, now much older,
    is looking back on her childhood. In current time, she's trying to find her twin sister who left the family.
         Who else lived in Los Angeles in the 20's and 30's? Philip Marlowe, the detective in the Raymond Chandler noir mystery series. 
    It turns out that Elaine Greenstein, from this book, is a minor character in Chandler's The Big Sleep. Philip Marlowe, from that book,
    gets to be a minor character in this one. Fun!!
         The main attraction of this book is the wonderful detail of the stories and interactions of the characters. I came to care for them, and
    feel like I really knew them. There's a very touching incident towards the end.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    Mixed feelings about this novel.

    Questions about boundries remain after reading this book. Why were some characters celebrated when they were not noble - just users of others?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    AWESOME READ

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! The book is very well written with an interesting plot and very in depth and likable characters. I could not put this book down until I finished it and have thought about it often since finishing it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted November 12, 2013

    This book would have benefited from some good editing. The story

    This book would have benefited from some good editing. The story was interesting, but the author does not take you deep into the
    characters. Everything felt superficial. My book club had a more interesting discussion of their own family secrets than the book.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 30, 2013

    My book club really enjoyed this book

    Our book club reads titles of Jewish interest, and this was certainly a very Jewish story. I'm happy to see that it has garnered a more broad, mainstream appeal and will be enjoyed by a more diverse group of readers. I think the author did a good job maintaining the story's authenticity while still explaining terms and customs that might not be familiar to some. It was a good, compelling story. The author used a "flash back" method to draw the past and present storylines together. I didn't mind it, but some of our group found it confusing. I thought it was an easy read. It dragged a little in a few spots, but there was never any doubt I would see the story to it's conclusion. The ending was a little "Hollywood", but then, why not? The Boyle Heights/LA/Hollywood setting was part of the appeal of this book. I definitely reommend it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Take a walk

    Join Elaine Greenstein on a walk through history in Boyle Heights. Meet her family and get to know the neighbors. Good family saga.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted March 30, 2013

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings At the heart is

    Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings
    At the heart is this family that is struggling to find their way. With sibling rivalry, the Depression, and cultural issues, the book was slam packed with history to share; I was able to learn about a whole subset of our United States and the places they called home. A theme that showed up quite often is the belief that even though siblings can grow up in the same home and family, their stories and recall of the shared history will be different. Elaine's recollection of some of the stories was different than her sisters, either due to the age of each sister or the different relationship they each had with mother and father. I definitely take this with me and realize that my sister was raised in the same home, but had completely different experiences in the same home than I did.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 11 Customer Reviews
Page 1 of 1