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Man and Boy (Harry Silver #1)

3.55  ·  Rating Details ·  12,869 Ratings  ·  521 Reviews

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, grad

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1999)
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Nov 20, 2015 Miran rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
*****SPOILERS AHEAD (but maybe they will help You to skip this book, I hope)******

Whole book I was waiting for main character to realize his mistake, that sleeping with another woman besides his wife, EVEN FOR ONE NIGHT, is WRONG. That's the only reason I kept reading. But my waiting didn't pay off. Through whole book I was reading Harry's wining how life is unfair, how everyone is talking to him that he is hopeless romantic (wtf???), how he is the victim that wife left him. He also didn't tell
Nebojša Petković
Mene je ova knjiga poprilično dotakla. Iskreno nisam to očekivao, uzevši je više reda radi nego neke preterane zainteresovanosti. I kada sam počinjao sa čitanjem, znajući siže, smatrao sam da su "bolesti" koje iniciraju sled događaja glavnog protagoniste, u mom slučaju uveliko prevaziđene (moja kriza srednjih godina može sada da se premesti deceniju kasnije od njegovih). Druga stvar, nisam opsednut tim svakodnevnim problemima savremenog čoveka, bar ne u tolikoj meri da bih smatrao kako se od tog ...more
Jun 28, 2008 Sunni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those not familiar with Kramer v. Kramer
This is an engaging, smooth read and I would have rated it higher had I never read/seen "Kramer v. Kramer." I really felt this was borderline plagarism and was very surprised the author could get away with recreating so much of that story, right down to details like carrying the child when he is injured on the playground. I am also surprised that 25 years later this story plays well. When Kramer came out, most men didn't have a clue about real hands-on parenting and a man with custody was unhear ...more
Rosie Nguyễn
Sep 16, 2015 Rosie Nguyễn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vừa đọc xong 1 quyển tình cha con dưới góc nhìn của đứa con xong chuyển sang tình cha con dưới góc nhìn của người cha. Bị ảnh hưởng cảm xúc sướt mướt của quyển trước sao đó không biết mà thút thít suốt đoạn đầu, ừ thì chẳng phải lời giới thiệu đã là: "Một cú đánh dữ dội vào cảm xúc của người đọc sao", biện minh chứ nhất định không chịu mình mít ướt, há há.

Ưm cái này thì tư duy rặt phương tây, hài hước, thẳng thắn, lý trí, tỉnh táo. Có nhiều suy nghĩ rất sâu sắc về cuộc đời, về khoảng cách thế hệ
Feb 02, 2009 Canada rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I definately preferred "About a Boy"- Nick Hornby has no competition whatsoever from Tony Parsons. Parsons tries to be funny. Fails, of course, but then it's made more pathetic by the fact that he totally pulls the heart strings to their fullest extent at the end. And that doesn't quite work. It was almost boring. Almost as bad as Jack Sheffield! [That's saying something:].
Jul 04, 2010 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Truth. That's what I kept thinking as I was reading this book. It's true and it's raw. It's sad and it's happy. Tony Parsons has a certain way of making the characters so real. I felt I knew Harry Silver. Really knew him, as a friend.

I guess stories like this don't really need to be complicated to really draw readers in. In the first few chapters I was devastated when Gina and Harry break up. I actually felt pain for Harry during his tiny mid-life crisis when he sleeps with another woman. The bo
Uyên Khôi
Mình biết tới cuốn sách này đầu tiên qua một câu trích dẫn ở fanpage Nhã Nam, sau đó thì trót yêu mất cái bìa nên mua ngay.

Câu chuyện kể về cặp vợ chồng cưới sớm, rồi ly hôn vì một lý do khá củ chuối. Nhưng mình nghĩ đó cũng không hẳn là một câu chuyện buồn khi mà từ đó Harry đã học được cách trở thành một ông bố tốt, một đạo diễn tài, một người con có hiếu và quan trọng nhất là anh đã tìm được một người "có cái miệng vừa khít với anh theo kiểu không một cái miệng nào đã từng, vừa vặn một cách h
Mar 08, 2009 Meliana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
reading "Man and Boy" is like listening to an easy-listening pop song. it is sweet, easy to guess, nothing in particular. it goes well, as usual, and everybody likes it. it is just; i am not really into pop music.

though is beatifully written, i dont find any sense to fill up my soul after reading this book. it is just a too-easy-to-guess and happy ending story, good for the young couples.

i think it will be better if the story of the father and the son (read: man and boy) is brought up more deep
Feb 21, 2011 Lucy_van_pelt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-star
Chick lit for boys.
I really wanted to read this book and finally got round to it. I felt it started with a bit of promise but kind of didn't get better.

Meet Harry, happily married with a little boy and a good job. He cheats on his wife and she leaves him and also his contract isn't renewed at work. His wife is very upset as she gave up her dream to go to Tokyo to be with Harry and decides that she's going to go as a result. She leaves their son behind and Harry now has to be a parent to his son, a job that took h
Harry Silver has everything that most people would envy to have: a beautiful spouse,great job in the media and a wonderful son. On the other hand, while most will love to have that kind of life, they do not realize the sacrifice that comes with it. Harry threw it all away after a one night stand, now he struggles to being a single parent and his ex often wonders if he is capable of taking on such a big responsibility. Raising his son alone is really hard, he asks common questions such as: Should ...more
Sep 14, 2008 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
sesuatu yang tampak sempurna, sesuatu yang didapatkan melebihi ekspektasi, sesuatu yang dihargai, atau bahkan dicintai, seperti anugrah yang tidak akan datang dua kali, tidak menjamin semua kisah berhenti seperti dongeng dengan ending yang 'happily ever after'. tapi juga bukan berarti harus jadi gentar atau takut hingga tidak punya harapan baru. justru jadi peluang untuk mengorek lebih ke dalam diri, mencari keinginan hati terdalam dan kebenaran tentang diri sendiri, yang bisa jadi baru diketahu ...more
Arisha Salman
2.5 stars.
Although very nicely written in many ways, the irrefutable fact that cheating on your wife is undoubtedly a GRAVE folly, cannot be disregarded. Unfortunately, this is what has been done in this book. The story didn't exactly go by the title, the focus was on a lot of other elements, actually. Plus, just some things that didn't make sense.
I really liked the writing style and some ideas/images were presented beautifully by the author, but the plot was disappointing. Some important thing
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005
My expectations on this book were high. And as soon as I finaly got it from the library I Couldn't keep myself away from it. I Loved it from the first page to the last! On the cover it says that James brown has said in the Observer that he cried five times and laughed out loud four. I didn't really really cry, even thou the grandfaither died. He was after all 70 something. And such happens everyday. I'm not saying that it isn't a big dela, cos it is, but I can never get that engaged. Whatever, I ...more
May 26, 2012 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Man and Boy by Tony Parsons is the story of how a man becomes a father to his son, and a son to a father. The affection Harry feels for his family, all of it, is obvious from the first page. As evident is Harry’s sense of self. He comes to realise that what he feels isn’t always enough, though. Approaching his thirtieth birthday, Harry is lost in between. He is no longer a child, but does not feel properly mature. He is married, but is unsure what that means. He loves his family, but isn’t quite ...more
Kishel Ramirez
Aug 15, 2013 Kishel Ramirez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read-roll
I laughed and then cried, then some time in the beginning, threw it because of frustration. This book had me. It tugged my heart and lifted up some of the pessimistic views I have about love and men, life in general.

This novel is about a producer, a husband and a father who made a mistake that caused him his wife. At first, I can't feel sorry for him. I just cannot find the nerve to forgive men who break their women's heart easily. They deserve to rot or work in a public high school
Janie Johnson
Tony Parsons is a brand new author for me. I discovered this book earlier in the year and finally decided to pick it up. It felt like a contemporary to me. This was not a blow me away, wow me book by any means but it was so well told, and so heart felt. This author can definitely tug on the readers heart strings. And if you don't feel something while you read this book then you need to turn your emotions on.

Set in England you have this story of a beautiful family, Gina, Harry and their 4 year ol
Michael Armijo
Nov 02, 2010 Michael Armijo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A British best-seller...

B+ to this one! I found this book at an airport bookstore in London, England. It was a British bestseller at the time. I was intrigued by the title. It ended up reminding me how "lucky" I have been in my life. Life is unpredictable and we must be happy no matter what it takes. There was one event in the book that TOTALLY surprised me, catching me totally offguard. That's a 'real find' in a book! This isn't a depressing's a book about real-life, love and savoring
Badly Drawn Girl
Jul 21, 2010 Badly Drawn Girl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This was a "beach read" book for me, meaning I didn't except it to me much more than a cliched, easy reader that would be enjoyable in a mindless sort of way. But I quickly found myself totally involved in the book and the characters. Tony Parsons has taken an overdone topic and done it right. The emotions are spot on, the dialogue is believable, the plot is engaging and intriguing. My only grip is the ending which felt a bit forced but honestly it's a small thing in terms of the rest of the boo
Christine Blachford
Plot: Harry sleeps with someone and learns that one mistake can spell the end of everything. His wife leaves him and he has to learn to cope with looking after his baby son. When she comes back, after several months, she expects her son back and Harry finds it hard to say goodbye.

Characters: The thing is that it’s told from Harry’s point of view, which is fair enough, only he’s a man, who cheated and ends up looking after a child. I’m a girl, I haven’t cheated, and I don’t have a child. So I fou
Feb 19, 2016 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love to read about a character who starts off as a total screw up, but manages to figure things out, and that process can bring a wide range of emotions to the reader. This guy, Harry, messes up big time by having a stupid one night stand, loses his wife, but is left to raise his 4 year old son on his own. Through the process of figuring out parenting, which is often quite funny and endearing, he is able to reflect on his own relationship with his dad, and that experience (don't want to spoil ...more
Sep 06, 2015 Huongta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mình thấy sách tập trung nhiều hơn vào Harry, sự nghiệp và các mối quan hệ của người cha hơn là tập trung vào "Cha và Con". Dặc biệt thích bố mẹ Harry, cách họ giữ gìn tình yêu, trân trọng gia đình và quan tâm con cái.
Tình yêu: 7 năm, 4 tháng, 6 tháng, mãi mãi…Mọi thứ đều có thể thay đổi, chẳng ai có thể đảm bảo cho một trường đoạn mãi mãi ngay cả một đám cưới. Chúng ta liệu muốn nó như thế nào mà thôi.
Conrad Buck
Dec 14, 2014 Conrad Buck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only managed to get to about the third chapter and gave up. Just didn't find it very well written and the prose and style of writing just didn't seem to be up to par for a book that supposedly sold many copies. Maybe my reading interests have changed as I've gotten older but it just seemed very loose, weak and at times parts seemed irrelevant and not needed in the story.
Sep 24, 2015 Anja rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
spoilers now:
book was good but why do endings of these novels have to be so 'the right thing to do'? why didn't he show that bitch and take her son so she can be the one for the weekends? men deserve kids as much as women and that should've been shown at the end as well.
Solid modern writing. Quick read. A bit derivative of Nick Hornby. I didn't always like the main character - he's a bit of a prat sometimes - but I guess that's part of the point, isn't it? If John Cusack isn't cast as Harry in the movie version (which I'm afraid is inevitable), I'll be shocked.
Nov 07, 2016 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Forgot how much I liked this book, it's been a lot of years since I read it and didn't remember any of the story, even as I worked my way through it. I really did enjoy it, and it even brought tears to my eyes in some places... Great read!
Azran Ariff
Nov 01, 2013 Azran Ariff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Manly written - laconic yet sensitive as a man could be. Most men should be able to relate to it in some sort of way, and learn a thing or two.
Jacques Coulardeau
A love story of a completely different type, maybe unexpected, and it has not aged more than one single iota in the nearly twenty years that have elapsed since publication. It was adapted to television by and for the BBC. This iota has to do with the father’s attitude toward not getting primary residence for his son. Today courts are a lot more open on the question and some real sharing can be envisaged.

But what makes this book special to the point of being translated into thirty languages? A lo
Feb 06, 2015 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this series of books
Aug 19, 2014 Kendall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Tony Parsons (born 6 November 1953) is a British journalist broadcaster and author. He began his career as a music journalist on the NME, writing about punk music. Later, he wrote for The Daily Telegraph, before going on to write his current column for the Daily Mirror. Parsons was for a time a regular guest on the BBC Two arts
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