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Man and Boy

A Novel

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Publisher: Touchstone

4.0
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Language:English | Number of Pages: 368 | Format: Softcover and Stapled | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional , German , Spanish

Isbn-10: 0743225082 | Isbn-13: 9780743225083 | Publish date:  | Edition Reprint

Also available as: Paperback , Audio CD , Audio Cassette , Hardcover , Others , eBook

Category: Family, Sex & Relationships , Fiction & Literature , Humor

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Book Description

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.

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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. 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 ...continue

    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.

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    「愛是知道何時放手」。


    不知道是不是所有的男人,都能在面臨單親時,戲劇性的做好「父親」的角色;如果在他從一開始就沒扮演好時,如何能知道在不可抗力因素下,獨自帶好小孩、建立正確良好的親子關係...等。


    或許,不管男女、為人父或為人母,親職,都是一種學習。學會如何去愛,一種真正、無私的愛,牽繫於血緣的愛。


    小說的前半段有點肥皂劇,一度要想中止閱讀放棄。中段開始加入男主角跟父親間的描述,才讓故事有了生氣。因為,也因此為如此,才能對照出男主角與小兒子間的關係,以及男主角心境轉變的歷程,有了合理而感人的交待。


    從男主角父親病倒開始的後半章節, ...continue

    「愛是知道何時放手」。

    不知道是不是所有的男人,都能在面臨單親時,戲劇性的做好「父親」的角色;如果在他從一開始就沒扮演好時,如何能知道在不可抗力因素下,獨自帶好小孩、建立正確良好的親子關係...等。

    或許,不管男女、為人父或為人母,親職,都是一種學習。學會如何去愛,一種真正、無私的愛,牽繫於血緣的愛。

    小說的前半段有點肥皂劇,一度要想中止閱讀放棄。中段開始加入男主角跟父親間的描述,才讓故事有了生氣。因為,也因此為如此,才能對照出男主角與小兒子間的關係,以及男主角心境轉變的歷程,有了合理而感人的交待。

    從男主角父親病倒開始的後半章節,可以讀到作者舖陳的氣氛,我感受到了作者對生命、傳統/現代、價值混淆的一些批判。的確,生命,如果沒有愛,有什麼好試的呢?工作,不過是生命呈現的一個手段,家,家人與愛,才是人生命最重要的。所以,故事的最後也還是個happy ending,大家都各自找到所愛,從此王子們與公主們過著bala、bala的日子。

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    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, ...continue

    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."

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      男主角因為自己的外遇而毀了一段安全又完美的生活,在他持續探索著新生活可能性的途中,他也開始一一回顧自己,正視自己人生是否會有新的可能性。這是個令人側目卻振奮的經歷!我相信男主角一定學會了些甚麼,是在他曾經認為完美無缺的生涯規畫中被忽略,又或著是被害怕著的一些人與一些事。這也許是另一種形式的旅行吧。

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    開始的的一連串低潮打擊很有英式黑色幽默的風格,很聰明的讓人繼續閱讀以後慢慢走進越來越沉重的單親爸爸世界,但是在沉重之餘卻充滿豐富的溫馨,對故事的節奏安排很有聰明的規劃,直到最後一章節卻太自作聰明彷彿聽見出版社老闆大叫"我要戲劇張力~"之類的,標準爛尾,如果篇幅再大一點還恐怕毀了整本書,但還是一個好故事。
    話說,最後一章掠過不看的話似乎也可以,有點類似個無言的結局....

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    具有絕對精采描述故事的功力,Tony Parsons絕對當之無愧!

    已經不小心忘記之前是讀Tony的哪一本著作了(印象中應該和搖滾樂有點關係,這樣一講回憶似乎有點回來),對其編寫精彩故事的功力絕對佩服,而在這本描述家庭關係的小說中,他再一次展現功力,無論是夫妻、親子、工作等相關細節,皆敘寫地活靈活現,讓人彷彿身歷其境一般,翻著一頁頁的故事內容,內心的情緒也不由自主地隨之高低起伏。是沒有到大哭大笑那麼誇張,但的確也幾個故事場景,觸動了內心深處。讀畢,也讓人更堅定地想要成為一個好男人、好丈夫、好爸爸!

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    [男人與男孩]

    這是一本感人的好書 唯一的缺點是它幾乎公開了男人所有的缺點

    再抱怨一下 前半部男人的行為舉止讓我氣到差點把書撕了

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