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The narrator, Harry Silver, stands in the middle of the line - he is boy son to his father and man father to his boy. Harry has 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. Harry tries to learn 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. Harry is happily married to Gina, and they have a small boy, Pat.
I picked up this book because of its cover, which caught my eyes, while I was browsing at Borders on a lonely Saturday afternoon. To my delight, the book did not disappoint me at all. Despite the fact that the story line is predictable, I found myself glued to it until the last page. Man and Boy is a story of Harry Silver, his separation from his wife and his struggle as a single parent to raise his son. The book is set in London in the late 90s. Thirty-year-old Harry is completely devoid of emotion and practical sense and thinks that the world is his oyster. He seems to have it all — a successful career as TV producer, a beautiful wife, Gina, and an adorable four-year-old son, Pat.
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Larry Silver had everything that a man could reasonably want: a loving and beautiful wife, a precocious son and a high-profile job as the producer of a popular television talk show. His life was perfect in every way, right up until the instant he made one stupid mistake and slept with a woman from his office. From that point on, Harry's life unravels at the speed of sound, or more accurately in the time it takes to leave an incriminating message on a cell-phone voicemail. Faced with his betrayal, Harry's wife flees to Japan to find her own happiness, leaving their young son behind with Harry until she can send for him. Now that he is responsible for the daily care of his son, Harry does the next illogical thing and gets fired from his job. Can his life possibly get any worse? You bet.
Few things are predictable in publishing, but such is his commercial and literary track record that Tony Parsons provides some exceptional certainties. One: with its predecessors' sales figures 1. Two: it will feature many ruminations on the nature of true love, and a thirtysomething hero with a romantic bent and family problems. Three: towards the end of the book, one of the hero's elderly relatives will contract cancer. So does Man and Wife spring any surprises? In short, no.
Man and Boy is a novel by Tony Parsons. Harry Silver is a successful television producer about to turn 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 While coping with the stress of being a single parent, he meets another woman at a coffee shop, a woman whom he has already met with her child, then they part. Harry finds a new job and eventually moves on with his life.