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Man and Wife (Harry Silver #2)

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A novel about love and marriage --

about why we fall in love and why we marry, why we stay and why we go.

Harry Silver is ready to try again at living "happily ever after." It won't be easy: not when he has to juggle his wife, Cyd, and ex-wife, Gina; his son, Pat, and his stepdaughter, Peggy; his own work and his wife's fast-growing career. When Gina announces that she's

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Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Touchstone (first published 2000)
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Mel
buku ini sequel dari man and boy. di buku pertama, dikisahkan bahwa perkawinan tokoh utama, harry silver, hancur karena affair yang hanya terjadi satu kali. perjuangan menjadi orangtua tunggal, kemudian menata hidup kembali dengan 'cinta' yang lain. dan buku sequel ini mengisahkan kelanjutannya. menjalani kehidupan sebagai keluarga terpadu, saat pasangan ini harus berhadapan juga dengan anak 'bawaan' masing-masing, anak kandung sendiri hasil dari perkawinan sebelumnya, juga dengan para mantan su...more
Weni
Buku ini merupakan sekuel dari buku 'Man and Boy'. Tokoh utamanya adalah Harry. Seorang suami dari wanita bernama Gina dan seorang ayah dari anak laki2 bernama Pat. Harry berselingkuh dengan rekan kerjanya, rumah tangganya pun berantakan. Gina pergi ke Jepang, meninggalkan Harry dan Pat. Di akhir cerita 'Man and Boy', Harry yang telah bercerai dengan Gina bertemu dengan Cyd, seorang wanita Amerika dengan satu anak perempuan, Peggy.

Pada 'Man and Wife' diceritakan Harry menikah dengan Cyd, sementa...more
Jennifer
May 24, 2009 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who wouldn't mind High Fidelity without the music
Recommended to Jennifer by: Kelly
Shelves: read-2009
Though he is supposedly an "internationally best-selling author," I had never heard of Tony Parsons until Kelly loaned me this book. He is compared to both Nick Hornby and Helen Fielding on the inside cover, but I'd say there's a bit more of the Hornby "peek into the male psyche" vibe going on in this novel than any tinge of Bridget Jones.

Harry Silver, the hero (or anti-hero) of the story, is struggling to deal with the complexity of relationships in the modern age. He is a successful televisio...more
Sarah
I read this book on holiday and I'm afraid that's where I left it, knowing I wouldn't want to read it again.
The story is excellently written and Parsons shows a great empathy for the women in Harry's life. But the main character infuriated me to such an extent, I found it difficult to read.
There are some nice touches to the book. Seven-year-old Pat's Star Wars obsession (not shared with his new step father who prefers Harry Potter) for example and his mother's handling of breast cancer is very...more
Simon
Never heard of Parsons before or the prequel & the blurb on back didn't really inspire me either but i had some time to kill at the guest-house I found it at and was pleasantly surprised for the most part. Agree with some reviews that it was overly sentimental at times (not that his feelings were.... just the repetition of the feelings) and the main character an imbecile on occasions but I liked his honesty and humour. Thought he was a very capable writer regarding the complexities of relati...more
Godzilla
I enjoyed Man and Boy, and this follows on from it really well.

It's an exploration of the modern family and place marriage has today.

Perhpas I'm plunging rapidly towards middle age, but I found it all very revelant, if not directly to my life (I'm not divorced), then to my friends' lives.

Tony Parsons manages to capture the male psyche quite well, along with all the worries, concerns and foibles that feel ever present.

There are subtle pressures (well I feel them anyway) from all sides about what...more
Maggie James
An easy and enjoyable read, Man and Wife tells the story of Harry and his attitude towards marriage and fatherhood. Harry's not a terribly likeable character, being prone to infidelity and a naïve attitude towards relationships, but he's redeemed by the strong love he has for his son. Man and Wife doesn't exact too much from the reader in terms of brain power, but it's well written and engaging. Best for a quick filler read in between more exacting books.
Paul Gelsthorpe
The Daily Mail said of this book 'Funny, tear-jerking and comfortingly feelgood'. I shouldn't need to tell you any more than this.

I picked this up in a charity bin, and my contribution to Macmillan is about the sum total of all positivity I can assign to the experience of reading a Tony Parsons novel.

Parsons is one of those irritating Londoner's of a certain generation (see Burchill, Hornby et al) who have somehow been appointed as authorities on life and culture because they once ate a burger o...more
Christine Blachford
Plot: The sequel to Man And Boy, this novel deals with the subsequent marriages and fallings out that happen as the boy grows up and so does his father. Will he be able to cope as his mother becomes ill? Will he be able to resist the new and exciting woman he meets?

Characters: Of course Harry is as confused and wandering as ever, and he gets on my nerves a bit but just occasionally, I can see where he’s coming. I get him far more in this one than I did the first. His wife continues to come acros...more
Faridahyunos
It is a good read, a nice book, full of love. tells us about how we fall in love, why we stay, how to have a happy marriage that lasts forever and how to be happy in blended family. it wasn't as good as the first book which is Man and Boy. But like I said, it is a very light book to be enjoyed. :D
Yvonne
A very true account of the marriages of today. Men and women who did not know what they want or are unable to work around the difficulties and challenges of maintaining, if not improving, a marriage gave up and seek solace elsewhere, only to come back to the same pattern of living.
Thomas Strömquist
"The return of Harry Silver from the very successful (and very good, although not my favorite Parsons) Man and Boy. This one, however, fails miserably in telling the continuing story of the family (both parents now remarried and with bonus children) because of one major flaw: Harry is so darned unlikeable! Constantly whining, making all the wrong decisions (even though he knows that at the time), but still hoping against all odds that some good will come out of them and whine a bit more when the...more
Roxanne Nichols
An interesting look into the man's perspective of marriage, divorce, blended families and the eternal search of how love can hold a marriage together.
Cori
I loved hearing a man's views on marriage, divorce, child rearing, illness and love.
√RA
This is not really "my kind of genre". I always despised the spicy flavour of love and romance in books. BUT. Yes, here comes the "but". But this is different. This one focuses on the state of modern family.

I don't hate it but I don't love it either. I guess, what really got me is this line..."At the moment you're falling in love with fantasy, that's the most dangerous thing in the world."

And then I kept on reading until I decided how complicated things were when we started putting labels on the...more
Faith
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2005
Man nad Wife is the wonderful, or unforgetable, sequel to Man and Boy, like it reads on the cover. I just love them Harry and Pat Silver. The man and the boy. Harry and his boy. That's just so cute, so beautiful.

This time it however isn't so much about the realtionship between the father and the son, as about the relationship between the husband and the wife. The man, Harry, and her (new, although that's not howe he likes to put it) wife, Cyd. This marriage doen't seam to be much better that Ha...more
Discoverylover
May 12, 2009 Discoverylover marked it as released-or-to-release-without-read  ·  review of another edition
"Harry Silver returns to face life in the "blended family." A wonderful new novel about modern times, which can be read as a sequel to the million selling Man and Boy, or completely on its own. Man and Wife is a novel about love and marriage -- about why we fall in love and why we marry; about why we stay and why we go. Harry Silver is a man coming to terms with a divorce and a new marriage. He has to juggle with time and relationships, with his wife and his ex-wife, his son and his stepdaughter...more
Mia Queen
Bosan. Satu kata yang tepat untuk melukiskan buku ini bagi saya. Awalnya beli sih gara2 tertarik covernya, harga obralan gramedia plus embel2 #1 bestseller.

Ternyata buku ini sequel dan saya sih belum baca yang pertama.
Menceritakan Harry Silver yang memulai hidup dengan istri keduanya, perebutan anak dengan istri pertama, ibunya yang terkena kanker.

Konflik berjalan lambat dan kurang greget. Ditambah lagi dengan karakter Harry yang ternyata saya ga suka. Jadi suami ga tegas, entah itu dengan manta...more
Endah
Apa sesungguhnya arti pernikahan bagi masyarakat modern abad ini? Apakah nilai-nilai yang dianut sekarang tentang pernikahan masih sama dengan dua puluh atau tiga puluh tahun lalu tatkala lembaga agung ini benar-benar dihormati dan dipelihara keutuhannya hingga maut memisahkan? Benarkah pola hidup monogami tak lagi sesuai untuk hari ini?

Bagi Anda yang sudah menikah pernahkah timbul pertanyaan dalam diri Anda apa alasan Anda menikahi pasangan Anda? Karena cintakah atau karena alasan lain? Jika al...more
Oria
A couple of weeks ago I was out in the city at my favorite bookstore, playing my little book-game: find a book you haven’t seen before nor heard of either. Between the classics, the biographies, and thrillers of the moment, I felt the need for something different. Something more….contemporary. Man and Wife seemed like a good choice.

The story it presents is quite common but far from simple. Harry Silver is a man with a complicated life. It didn’t use to be that complicated: he had a beautiful wif...more
Michael Jenkins
This is the sequel to Man and Boy, I enjoyed what this book had to offer but it was not worth the anticipation, after reading it. Harry Silver is ready to live "happily ever after" again but it is not easy as it sounds, not when he juggles his wife Cyd, his stepdaughter Peggy, his ex wife Gina and their son Pat. Gina's announcement about relocating to another country and taking Pat with her leaves Harry frustrated and disappointed, that will mean that he won't get to see Pat as often. Their bond...more
Ksusha Tokareva
Wonderful story. Easy to read, funny and all about being married and trying to make the whole thing to work out. I would say that this book is as good as "Man and Boy". You're really getting involved in Silver's family. I got angry with Harry and I felt sympathetic towards him. And finally I'm happy for him. In the end he was only seeking for his and his family's happiness.

The moral of this book is simple: There is no such a thing as a perfect relationship. Perhaps there is more than a one pers...more
Harun Harahap
buku nyang satu eni lanjutan dari buku Tony Parsons sebelumnya, Man and Boy..masih menceritakan tentang kehidupan Harry Silver, sang tokoh utama..dimulai dengan kehidupan barunya bersama Cyd..hubungan pernikahan ini tidak semulus yang Harry bayangkan..bayangan tentang pernikahan "selamanya" yang selama ini ia lihat dari pernikahan ayah dan ibunya..dan perselisihan pun mulai terjadi karena Cyd yang mulai sibuk dengan usaha kateringnya dan hubungannya bersama Luke Moore..dan juga pelarian Harry ke...more
Barbara Elsborg
Left disappointingly depressed by this. Is it really how men think and behave? There were some interesting observations on the problems of divided families but it wasn't the 'funny, tear-jerking and comfortingly feelgood' book as described on the cover. I'd hoped for more humour and instead feel miserable.
Rachel
I couldn't understand why I liked Harry. He cheats on women he claims to really love, breaks their hearts and his families, but I still really liked him. Then it hit me: Because he is so damn human! He makes his mistakes, falls, rolls in the dust for a while, then staggers up and tries to make amends for his mistakes. It doesn't always work (Gina doesn't give him a second chance, and rightly so. She had her reasons), but most importantly, he tries. He does, and that's what counts. He's a great f...more
Cathreen Shiucheng แคทเรน
You can't find a guidebook or textbook about life. This novel teaches us, more or less, less likely about marriage life, family and children. Love changes. It's different kind of love, marriage & dating romance.
Sandy
Currently one of the best novels I've read yet. I liked how the writer used the first person narrative. The book actually shows the real problems of many marriages that many married and divorced couples go through... what are the benefits and what are the consequences... the story does happen alot in real life and Im sure many many women and men around the world can relate to it.
Karschtl
Das Buch handelt von Wochenendvätern, Patchwork-Familien, zweiten Ehen, Stief-Eltern, Versuchungen in Gestalt von schönen Frauen, Eifersucht, Sorge um kranke Eltern, Sorge um kranke Kinder, häusliche Streitereien, berufliche Niederlagen und dass es am Ende doch irgendwie gut ausgeht. Zumindest für Harry, den Protagonisten, der wahrlich kein Engel in Bezug auf seine Ehe ist, aber mit dem man doch irgendwie Mitleid hat als auch seine zweite Frau die Koffer packt.

Die ersten 40 Seiten fand ich etwa...more
Judy
This is a continuation of the story of Harry and his relationships. As in "Man and Boy", he is both lovable and distressingly dim-witted all at once. I like Parson's style, dislike his retarded male characters. That said, I think these two stories about Harry Silver are excellent and are really about family, what it takes to be one, how you can screw it up; they also wrestle with the questions of children -- can you really love your step-child? can you really be a parent to a child you only see...more
Ruth Bevan
I selected this book at the library based on the blurb on the back cover.
Quite enjoyed some of the observations by Harry about life and marriage.
The story of Harry's mothers illness was a surprise and very relevant due to my own recent experience.
Pages 258-259 especially.
The pain of being a part time father was very well conveyed.
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“It's painful and it's messy. But sometimes you just have to make the break and start again.” 18 likes
“Не можеш да даваш на доведеното си дете само нежност и одобрение, защото никой родител не прави това. И все пак нямаш властта да порицаваш детето по начини, присъщ за истинските родители.
Вторите родители - тези,които дават най-доброто от себе си - искат да бъдат харесвани. Истинските родители не изпитват нужда от това.
Защото знаят, че са обичани.
Това е любов, която се дава безусловно и без резерви. Един родител трябва да направи нещо наистина много лошо, за да пропилее любовта на своето дете. Вторият родител не получава такъв вид любов.”
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