If you are coming up to 30, whatever you do, don't do any of that. It will fuck up your whole day.
So begins Man and Boy, Tony Parson's foray into fiction. Or non-fiction. Rumoured to be a roman à clef, the well-known journalist and broadcaster writes the story of a successful TV executive who brings up his child alone after a failed marriage--much like Parson's own life.
Harry Silver, the book's anti-hero, has it all: a beautiful wife, an angelic son and a high-paying job. His life is just about perfect, until one night he casually sleeps with a slim redheaded coworker who has "that kind of fine Irish skin that is so pale it looks as though it has never seen the sun". After the fateful night, his life falls apart. He loses his job and his wife in rapid succession, and finds himself a single, unemployed parent. It is an excellent education for a man who up until now has been immature and irresponsible, and Parsons has some strong points to make about the puerility of far too many contemporary males: "Being a man is like being chained to the village idiot." At times he piles on the disasters and plot-twists a little too thickly, but the ending is wildly romantic, redemptive and optimistic. In other words, Harry grows up. -- Christopher Hart...Continua
It's the story of how a father - left by his wife after he cheated on her on a one night stand - has to suddenly learn how to be a good father for hisA pleasant surprise and a very bittersweet read. I appreciated more than I thought I would.
It's the story of how a father - left by his wife after he cheated on her on a one night stand - has to suddenly learn how to be a good father for his 4-year-old son. From washing his hair to taking him to the park, to cooking healthy food for him, and have the boy actually eat it.
It was a quick read, and I loved the characters. It's a bittersweet book about relationships, about fathers, about growing up and finding a direction in your life. The final part is soberly tragic, it had me hold my breath while reading, because I could relate, and because of how well the writer could convey the way one feels in certain moments in their life. Touching, but not melodramatic, so, beautiful.
I recommend it: it's a good, intelligent, entertaining and heartening read :)...Continua