The perfect read for Father's Day, Tony Parsons' bestselling series, MAN AND BOY, MAN AND WIFE and MEN FROM THE jinzihao.info MAN AND BOY, Harry Silver. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. The theme of this alternately wry and maudlin Man and Boy: A Novel - Kindle edition by Tony Parsons. Download it. Man and Boy book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. HE HAD TO FACE THE TOUGHEST JOB OF HIS LIFE. AND HE NEVER .
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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. 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. Men and Boys in Man and Boy. Gender Roles and the Relation Between Fathers and Sons in a novel by Tony Parsons. Anna Nissen. Read Man and Boy by Tony Parsons for free with a 30 day free trial. Read unlimited* books and audiobooks on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.
Approaching his thirtieth birthday, Harry is lost in between. Nov 02, Michael Armijo rated it really liked it. That is absolutely right. Man and Wife. Through whole book I was reading Harry's wining how life is unfair, how everyone is talking to him that he is hopeless romantic wtf???
Gina annoyed me to an extent too, she just left her son and went to Tokyo, Seriously? Harry's parents were likable though and added a nice tough. I'm glad Harry accepted the challenges in raising his son, but he had little choice anyway. And the book ended the way I thought it would so there is an element of predictability.
One this I didn't like was - they are in England but mum is 'mom' in the book. And they talk about soccer.
It would have been good to use the English terms and spellings. My book is a US version but everyone knows that mum and Football are the same as mom and Soccer. Harry Silver has everything that most people would envy to have: On the other hand, while most will love to have that kind of life, they do not realize the sacrifice that comes with it.
Harry threw it all away after a one night stand, now he struggles to being a single parent and his ex often wonders if he is capable of taking on such a big responsibility.
Raising his son alone is really hard, he asks common questions such as: Should Harry Silver has everything that most people would envy to have: Should you eat green spaghetti for breakfast? Is his son really the most beautiful son in the world or is that just a trend that goes around? Is he fit to be a parent? Gina regrets that she left her child with Harry, so she wants him back in her life, although she is in Tokyo trying to have a fresh start.
It does not get any better that Harry's father health is dying and he is falling in love at the wrong time. He soon has to make a decision that is best not only for himself but for his dear son that he adores. This is a witty, insightful and inspirational about making the right choices in the end. Sep 14, Mel rated it really liked it. View all 8 comments. Sep 19, Bev Taylor rated it really liked it. Jul 16, Huong Man rated it really liked it Shelves: Very beautifully written and insightful too.
Gives you a pretty good idea about children from broken families and their upbringing. Jan 13, Zeljko rated it did not like it. Waste of time. Apr 20, Kathryn rated it really liked it. This book feels honest and real.
People makes mistakes. People wants second chances. People can be unforgiving. Fairy tales dont always exist. Jan 11, Faith rated it it was amazing Shelves: My expectations on this book were high. And as soon as I finaly got it from the library I Couldn't keep myself away from it.
I Loved it from the first page to the last! On the cover it says that James brown has said in the Observer that he cried five times and laughed out loud four. I didn't really really cry, even thou the grandfaither died. He was after all 70 something. And such happens everyday. I'm not saying that it isn't a big dela, cos it is, but I can never get that engaged.
Whatever, I My expectations on this book were high. Whatever, I don't know why I'm writing this. As for the laughing. I alughed a lot more that four times. Pat, the boy, was just so cute. Man and Boy was Nick Hornby indeed, but even better actually.
The book and the characters were just so symphatetic. Funny and hilarious and everything. Man and Boy is really about men in three generations.
Gradfather Paddy, 70 something, typical for his generation, has been in the war, that is a very manly man. Father Harry, 30, left by his wife, forced to take care of his child by himself. Pat, 5, little cute boy with small worries. On the backcover Mail on Sunday says that the book is a love letter to a son from his father, and to a father from his son. That is absolutely right.
A perfect way to describe the book. Thames in the book are fathers and families in the chaotic world of today and the peaceful world of yesterday. Ok, that's a little too rough. The role of the father in a family. Is the mother supposed to do all houswork and mind the children and the father to go to work and bring in money?
Not today. But some men and woman still take for granted that there are separate men's and women's duties. Dad drives the car, and mum does the cooking. It's all about the upbringing. I mean, take our house. Mum seratinly used to do all the cooking and cleaning etc, and now when she can't, I do it. Well, not the cleaning, cos most of the time I don't see that necessary, but the cooking. Cos dad can't cook, but I can, even thou I hadn't cooked that much before I took over mun's duties.
I couldn't imagine anything else. Well, I wonder if there's a point in this. I just loved the book, and am eagerly looking forward to reading the sequel and anything ekse by Tony Parsons. May 26, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: Man and Boy by Tony Parsons is the story of how a man becomes a father to his son, and a son to a father.
The affection Harry feels for his family, all of it, is obvious from the first page. Approaching his thirtieth birthday, Harry is lost in between. He is no longer a child, but does not feel properly mature. He is married, but is unsure what that means. He makes mistakes and owns up to them. He feels and is ready to share that fact. He loves unconditionally, which is both uplifting and heartbreaking all at once. A month before his birthday, full of BIG questions and doubts, Harry makes a mistake.
Then, within the course of thirty days, he loses everything he considered important. Over the next six months, he gains it all back, but not necessarily in the same form. Harry learns to be a father, not just a man with a young boy. He begins to understand his own father. He figures out what is important, and who, and he learns what love is. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At times, his observations were funny, at others, wrenching.
I forgave him his mistake. I hated his wife. They were all ordinary people and could be wholly uncompromising. Not a one of them changed their mind for the sake of the plot or story; they were all themselves to the end. Even Harry—though he grew. There is a sequel, Man and Wife. I am not sure if I want to continue the story, however, as I was satisfied with who Harry was at the end of this chapter.
I laughed and then cried, then some time in the beginning, threw it because of frustration.
This book had me. It tugged my heart and lifted up some of the pessimistic views I have about love and men, life in general. This novel is about a producer, a husband and a father who made a mistake that caused him his wife. At first, I can't feel sorry for him. I just cannot find the nerve to forgive men who break their women's heart easily. They deserve to rot or work in a public high school canteen..
He goes by the name Harry by the way. So his wife left him and brought their 4 year-old son with her. But when she went away to go to Japan to, get this, 'follow her dreams..
Well, it was hard for him. He basically has ZERO knowledge how to raise a kid. But he persevered, with the help of his dad and his mom. By and by, he changed, he even turned down a big job just to be a father. He thought, he has been a failure. As a husband, as a son and he wants to try not fail to be a father.
This is a story of how a man learns to know the meaning of true love and its realities or lack thereof of happy endings. This is a journey of a boy and a man. If there's something I have learned about this book is that nobody is perfect. We all make mistakes one way or another, its just that men are far better in picking and worse mistakes. Men are men and they will always act like how they are programmed y'know what I mean, right? I need not spell this out? Another thing, it is understandable for ladies to feel hurt, betrayed and all that, but there should always be room for forgiveness.
Even the biggest act of betrayal is forgivable. They make mistakes, so are the ladies. Let's face it, men will hurt women, they will say sorry and beg for forgiveness, that's no assurance that they will not hurt them again. Forgive and keep on fighting for true happiness, for happy endings doesn't just land in your lap, you have to work for it. Jan 16, Janie Johnson rated it liked it Shelves: Tony Parsons is a brand new author for me.
I discovered this book earlier in the year and finally decided to pick it up. It felt like a contemporary to me. This was not a blow me away, wow me book by any means but it was so well told, and so heart felt.
This author can definitely tug on the readers heart strings. And if you don't feel something while you read this book then you need to turn your emotions on. Set in England you have this story of a beautiful family, Gina, Harry and their 4 year ol Tony Parsons is a brand new author for me. Set in England you have this story of a beautiful family, Gina, Harry and their 4 year old son, Pat. Harry, who is turning 30, makes one big mistake and that it all it takes to drastically change all their lives and their families lives.
Harry and his family try their best to heal from the mistake and so this story goes. I loved the characters in this story they were so vivid in my mind. I could picture each one of them. So many different types of people, eccentric, down to earth, wild and crazy.
And I think I feel in love with most of them. I loved watching the growth of our main character Harry. You could not help but love who he is and who he becomes as well. I could not really pick out an antagonist as they all had their own issues and struggles to overcome. This story was definitely character driven rather than plot driven, which worked well. The main plot was the one that counted the most and I thought it was very well written. I can recommend this book to those who love a great heart engaging contemporary story with vivid characters and a beautiful plot line.
It was truly engaging and irresistible to read. I thought though, that it could have had just a little bit more to it. So I decided to rate this a 3.
Oct 31, Lucija rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The book kept me going as it was an easy read.
Thoughts and feelings of the main character were described in details which made Harry Silver closer to the readers.
And, although I would never spend my time with someone as unrealistic and whiny as him, the thing is that there are people who really cannot see the faults in their actions and somehow manage to make themselves victims. This is probably why someone would not like this book, you got to be very understanding with Harry. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.
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