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Author: Tony Parsons
ISBN: 0743225082
Language: English
Pages: 361 pages
Category: Humor & Satire
Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (May 7, 2002)
Rating: 4.7
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Man and Boy is a novel by Tony Parsons. It was awarded the 2001 British Book of the Year award. Harry Silver is a successful television producer about to turn 30.

Man and Boy is a novel by Tony Parsons. He is happily married, has a four-year-old son and drives a convertible sports car. Then he spends the night with a colleague from work and his life falls apart; his wife leaves him and emigrates to Japan, he loses his job and he has to cope with being a single parent.

Tony Parsons' Man and Boy is one of the most moving, captivating, thought-provoking, and funny books I've ever read.

Tony Parsons has written other books, but Man and Boy is still his best-selling novel. When I first came across it I was a bit surprised that my 17- and 18-year-old students liked it so much. The plot is about a man, Harry Silver, who has a big crisis when he is reaching his 30th birthday. 4. been his job as a TV-producer, and he faces numerous problems when he has to learn how to take care of a child and a home. Exactly what makes a novel interesting is hard to say, but it is important that the book reflects human experience in one way or another. It is also vital that readers can identify themselves with the hero of the book, and that they find his quest exciting.

A fabulously engaging and exciting novel about a man who has to learn about life and love the hard wa. And in one moment of madness, he chucks it all away

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. Very well written, pacy, funny, and heart-breakingly moving.

Did Man and Boy change any of your feelings about the kind of love a father feels for his child? How is the love a father has for his son or daughter different from the love a. .

Did Man and Boy change any of your feelings about the kind of love a father feels for his child? How is the love a father has for his son or daughter different from the love a mother feels? The author describes Man and Boy as "a generational love story–the story of how love is passed down from generation to generation. Is Man and Boy a book about how men are changing? Does Harry’s relationship to his work change in the course of Man and Boy? Does his professional life become less important to him as he cares for his small son alone?

Tony Parsons, who had just turned twenty-nine when he was granted custody of his four-year-old son, is one of the most well-known writers in England. Man and Boy, his first novel, has sold nearly one million copies worldwide.

Tony Parsons, who had just turned twenty-nine when he was granted custody of his four-year-old son, is one of the most well-known writers in England. Man and Boy: A Novel 1. kitap/Harry Silver novel, Tony Parson Scribner paperback fiction.

Работа по теме: пособие Guide to Analitical Reading. Глава: From Man and Boy by Tony Parson. Analyse the last two paragraphs of the extract and say why the man can’t choose a definite way of celebration. What does he think of becoming thirty?) What stylistic devices serve the purpose?

I definately preferred "About a Boy"- Nick Hornby has no competition whatsoever from Tony Parsons

He had to face the toughest job of his life. These novels by Tony Parsons, whilst largely proficient, lack excitement and inspiration – ultimately betraying all that early promise. I definately preferred "About a Boy"- Nick Hornby has no competition whatsoever from Tony Parsons. Parsons tries to be funny.

A novel about men, love and relationships by the author of the Book of the Year, Man and Boy. Alfie Budd found the perfect woman with whom to spend the rest of his life, and then lost her. He doesn't believe you get a second chance at love.

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.
Comments (7)
BroWelm
Tony Parsons' Man and Boy is one of the most moving, captivating, thought-provoking, and funny books I've ever read. I am an editor and have worked on well over 100 books, and this is the kind of book I would have loved to be a part of. Parsons characters come alive, and I can see myself, for better or worse, in Harry Silver. I have a son about Pat's age, and I could easily see myself in Harry's position--caring for a little boy he's totally in love with and facing the prospect of losing him. Throughout my read, I kept thinking, "There but for the grace of God go I."
The relationship between Harry and his son, Pat, is splendid and believable. I empathized totally with Harry as he learned to be a father to his son, and I laughed and cried as events in their lives together unfolded. Harry's relationship with his father, a WWII vet who reminds Harry of his own weaknesses, is perhaps even more stirring. Parsons explores the joys of parenting and family life and contrasts them with the notions of romance and the heady and carefree days of dating and early marriage. Parsons also hits the nail on the head concerning divorce and what it does to children. The resolution of the custody fight had me both cheering and feeling a sense of loss.
I suggest this book for any man who has a child, who has been married for a while, or who feels he's getting old and wants to "spice up" his life again. Parsons will help you rekindle love for your life and family. You won't take a minute of family life for granted after reading this incredible book.
Dishadel
I thought that the author was very creative with ways he presented male and female expectations of marriage as well as male and female views of life in general. When reading and studying research done relative to the issues presented in the book, we learn that they are very common expectations that are rarely communicated between the man and woman before marriage. The author raises many questions that my book group will discuss today. I'm anxious to hear them.
Voodoolkree
I have read the author's "Man and babe" and liked it a lot! This book was brought because of a better rating from the reader. Maybe the translator did a much better job to turn the other book into a very interesting book. Lesser than 50 pages into the book, I had already lost the interest to read the most ordinary cheating on the wife and everything went downhill story. To be honest with you, more than 10 days has passed and I had no intention to pick up this book and rather read other books. If you can read Chinese, I would rather recommend you to get the Chinese version "Man and Babe". The story is lousy but the way he present it is fun.
Zeus Wooden
Certain book resonate stronger with you depending on where you are in your life. "Man and Boy" was one of those for me. A bestseller in England, and vaguely reminiscent in tone of Nick Hornby, Parsons book is both very funny and deeply moving at the same time. Thirty year old Harry Silver has a great job, a beautiful wife, and a perfect son. But after a one night stand with a co-worker, he suddenly finds himself navigating the waters of single parent life.It's weird to describe a book as feeling like a movie waiting to happen,but this does. It was funny, hopeful,moving,and romantic the way "Four Weddings and a Funeral", and "Notting Hill" were. If you're a fan of those movies or Nick Hornby's books, you'd probably like this.
Arryar
I picked this up while I was on vacation overseas, and absolutely loved it. I'm thrilled it's finally made its way over here. It's funny, touching, honest, and totally, totally enjoyable. This simple of a story of a man, his separation, and his struggle to raise his son and find himself was both humorous and moving, yet all without being too corny. If I had to make one complaint it would be that the book becomes too much like a screenplay, but that didn't stop me from fully enjoying it. It's almost like a more grown up HIGH FIDELITY or BRIDGET JONES. I passed it onto several friends and we all felt the same. Definitely one of my all time favorites.
Rocky Basilisk
I'm not sure why but I did finish this book which is a complete rip off of Kramer vs. Kramer but without the heart. Tony Parsons' writing can be poignant at times but he seems too interested in making this a commercial success. There is much that is trite, cliched and has been done many times before. If you are rewriting a classic you need to do it with syle. Tony Parsons does not. The final scene with the girlfriend (and why he is so enamored with her is beyond my comprehension) is borrowed from The Graduate but it is unbelievable and ridiculous. There is a poignant scene with his son and his father in a hospital room that was the best thing about this book. This book annoyed the heck out of me. It is a mediocre effort at best.
Dream
I bought this as I really enjoyed The Murder Bag when I found it at a hotel and read it on the beach. But the writing in Man and Boy is sort of meh, and he keeps on going on about his wife's long legs and his girlfriend's face, and I just get the feeling that here's another middle-aged man who likes attractive women. I have a young son, and I could recognize a lot of the family dynamics. But it wasn't enough for me to really enjoy the book.
The title could refer to the 30 yr old and his young son, or the 30 yr old and his father, but I think it refers to the him finally growing from a boy to a man. It's a story of smiles and tears and ultimately growth. The author writes from the heart and the story tugged at mine. A great read!