Man and Boy Paperback
by Tony Parsons
A fabulously engaging and exciting novel about a man who has to learn about life and love the hard way.
Harry Silver has it all. A successful job in TV, a gorgeous wife, a lovely child. And in one moment of madness, he chucks it all away.
Man and Boy is the story of how he comes to terms with his life and achieves a degree of self-respect, bringing up his son alone and, gradually, learning what words like love and family really mean.
It is very well written, pacy, funny, and heart-breakingly moving.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 06/03/2000
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780006512134
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Review by rcooper3589
i borrowed this book from brittany when i visted her in london last spring break (yes, it took me a year to get around to reading it....). i wasn't sure about it, but once i got into i really enjoyed it. i loved the relationship between harry and his son and harry and his father. i also find it interesting that it this book would have been completely different (and probably not even published) had it been the other way around: a mother is left with her children after her husband leaves. i think one of the reasons i really liked the book is because it takes place in england and reminded me of my visit. it was a good, fun book. i'm glad i read it.
Review by woollymammoth
A work of fiction mysteriously based on the authors own divorce, about a man who ends up holding the baby after his wife leaves. A good read that will keep you amused for a few hours without stretching too many neurones
Review by tcarter
This book examines just about every possible combination of relationship possible in the early years of the 21st century. It explores why people marry and what can lead to those marriages failing. It follows the development of its lead character from someone who, although adult, is still a boy, into a man. The writing of the love of this man for his young son resonated strongly with me. The least realistic aspect for me was the description of the antipathy towards the dad at the school gate from the mums. Really worth reading, language is pretty explicit.
Review by FrogPrincessuk
This book had me crying on a train! Touches a beautiful emotional chord.
Review by Tess22
Man and Boy is a very readable book, with likeable and relatable characters. Although far from being one of my favourites, I did remember it quite clearly which generally speaks well of any book. However, I just saw Kramer vs Kramer for the first time and noticed that, while there are significant differences in the plot development, many of the most moving incidents in the book seem to have been lifted from the film.
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