By Tony Parsons
Isbn-10: 0743225082 | Isbn-13: 9780743225083 | Publish date: 07/05/2001 | Edition Reprint
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HE HAD TO FACE THE TOUGHEST JOB OF HIS LIFE. AND HE NEVER ONCE THOUGHT HE'D BE ON HIS OWN.
Harry had it all: a beautiful wife, an adorable four-year-old son, and a high-paying media job. But on the eve of his thirtieth birthday, with one irresponsible act, he threw it all away. Suddenly he finds himself an unemployed single father trying to figure out how to wash his son's hair the way Mommy did and whether green spaghetti is proper breakfast food. This brilliantly engaging novel will tug at your heart as Harry learns to become a father to his son and a son to his aging father, takes stabs at finding new love, and makes the hardest decision of his life.
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.
Brian Gilberthorpe said on Apr 22, 2013, 19:49
viviwu said on Mar 08, 2012, 09:03
Harry, at the age of thirty, had come into possession of most of the things all people would desire. Gina, a glamorous wife sacrificing her career getting married with him; Pat, a pretty and loving little son; a well-paid job as the producer of a TV live show; a luxury car MGF.
However, one day, after the worst show ever in his life, Harry could not restrain himself from a one-night-stand with his colleague, Siobhan. It was the time when all things were blown up: Gina left him for Japan, leaving Pat for him to bring up for 4 months as a single-parent, and his losing the job although there was no connection with his affair.
Low times made one grow. Through learning how to take care of Pat, Harry realized that career was nothing compared with his son. He changed to be a part-time producer, simply for earning to pay the mortgage. Harry met Cyd, who having similar background like him, taught him what true love actually was. He discovered the self-consciousness of love, and the difference between what one wanted and the loved one wanted. Harry also encountered the passing away of his seemingly-undefeatable father. That came as a huge shock to him, making him rethink how close the resemblance between strength and tenderness could be. Towards the end, Harry grew up to be an actual man, one that was willing to take up responsibilities and care others. He started a new life with Cyd and her daughter, and let go of his dear Pat.
"The sound of Gina sleeping never failed to stir an enormous tenderness in me.'"
"Still, you can get tired of always being the man who pays the mortgage and calls the plumber and can't put together the self-assembly furniture. You get tired of being that man because in the end you don't feel like much of a man at all, more of a domestic appliance."
"I had heard somewhere that a problem at work is like a plane crash that you can walk away from. It's not like your home life, where you can't get away from your problems, no matter how far you run."
"I've worked out that nobody is interested in a woman who stays at home with her child. Not even her husband. Especially not her husband."
"I had spent so long being terrified that finally having my worst fears realized brought a kind of bleak relief."
"Even when relations between us had been strained, he was always my shield, my guardian, my greatest ally. Even when we bickered and fought, even when I disappointed him or let him down, I was always secure in the knowledge that he would still do anything for me."
"If you love someone then you don't just see them as an extension of yourself. You don't just love them for what's in it for you... Love means knowing when to let go."
Candy said on Jan 05, 2012, 03:36
豪油雞湯 said on Oct 19, 2011, 13:55
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八索 said on Jan 03, 2011, 15:48
Ok, non possiamo certo dire che sia degno di Nobel, ma sicuramente è un libro piacevole, che ti scivola addosso, strappandoti qua e la piú di un sorriso.
Molto Nick Hornby, forse meglio oserei dire.
Un libro da leggere quando si vuole semplicemente staccare, disconnettere la mente da pensieri "seri".
Decisamente un libro NON impegnativo, ma che fa il suo lavoro.
gedeoskij said on Dec 30, 2010, 10:36