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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'

Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 4th 2004 by Touchstone (first published 2000)
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Mar 29, 2009 Mel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 24, 2009 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Asmaa kh
Jan 30, 2016 Asmaa kh rated it liked it
The thing that attracted me most to this book was the way Harry talked about his son ..
it hurted me as much as it did for him and I felt sorry for all those sunday dads .
This book made me want to read all of Tony's novels , unfortunatly I couldn't find any in tunisia exept this one ..
Jan 07, 2013 Cori rated it liked it
I loved hearing a man's views on marriage, divorce, child rearing, illness and love.
Nov 02, 2009 Weni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ines Prodan
Sep 10, 2014 Ines Prodan rated it really liked it
„- Sunt doar două ocazii în viață când ești declarat ceva, zise Eamon. Prima, când te declară soț. Iar a doua, când te declară mort.”

„- Se pare că oamenii de știință au descoperit un aliment care reduce libidoul femeii cu nouăzeci și nouă la sută, povestea el. Se numește tortul miresei.”

„- Păi, de la treisprezece la optsprezece ani, femeia e ca Africa - teritorii virgine. De la optsprezece la treizeci, e ca Asia - fierbinte și exotică. De la treizeci la patruzeci și cinci, e ca America - complet
Jan 06, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 17, 2015 Nikki rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
De films van Bridget Jones zijn hilarisch (ik heb helaas de boeken nog niet gelezen) dus een mannelijke versie ervan klinkt erg leuk! Bij de eerste hoofdstukken van het boek zat ik goed in het verhaal en vond ik het ook erg leuk geschreven. Ik snap zeker de vergelijking met Bridget Jones, maar na een kwart van het verhaal begon ik af te haken. Het werd te langdradig en te verwarrend soms voor mij. Het boek bestaat uit drie delen die weer zijn onder verdeeld in hoofdstukken. Je leest alles vanuit ...more
Maggie James
Dec 08, 2013 Maggie James rated it liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
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
Mar 31, 2014 Paul Gelsthorpe rated it it was ok
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
Christine Blachford
Feb 06, 2014 Christine Blachford rated it liked it
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
Dec 05, 2010 Faridahyunos rated it liked it
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
Mar 27, 2011 Yvonne rated it liked it
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.
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.
Doruk Karpat
Mar 01, 2015 Doruk Karpat rated it liked it
Shelves: outdoor-prison
Bazı kısımları kendi iç-sorgulamalarım açısından çok değerli buldum; bazı kısımlar ise sokaktaki herhangi bir adamın sizi kitlese anlatacağı hayatı kadar sıradan geldi. Yine de sıradanlık bu romanda kaçınılma gayesi güdülen bir durum olmadığı için bunu kitabın bir eksiği olarak görmemek gerekir.

Roman boyunca kadın-erkek ilişkisi sorgulamaları zaman zaman oldukça derinleşebiliyor ve okumaya değer bir seviyeye ulaşıyor. Fakat baba-oğul kısmındaki sonsuza giden tekrar bir noktadan sonra sıktı; hatt
Jun 25, 2014 √RA rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-read
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
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it it was amazing
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
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 Prasetya
Dec 04, 2009 Mia Prasetya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 15, 2008 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 21, 2011 Oria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 23, 2013 Ksusha Tokareva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Лазар Јовановић
Quite fluently continuing "Man and Boy", this book was like an easy walk through the nature. Relaxing, interesting, and with lots of thoughts going through my head. Maybe it was not as overwhelming as Man and Boy, but Parsons does really understand the relationships of shattered families... It really touched me in many ways. Not the best book in the world neither of the genre, but certainly one of better reads I have had recently. Well done.
Nina Draganova
Nov 06, 2014 Nina Draganova rated it liked it
Продължението не ми хареса. Даже малко ме ядоса :) Първата книга ,въпреки че имах основание да му се ядосам на героя , накрая му съчувствах, но в тази книга прекали . И той не знае какво иска. Не че съм света вода ненапита, но изневярата е едно от нещата ,които много ме изкарват от обувките. Няма как хем да искаш семейство , хем да си търсиш непрекъснато с кой да изневериш.
С две думи - малко изсмукана от пръстите е тази книга.
Nick Davies
Underwhelming, if I'm honest. I bought this book a decade or so ago (having then enjoyed 'Man and Boy') in my mid twenties, but seemingly didn't read or didn't finish reading it. Picking it up as an older man, I just felt this was a little cliched, a little sentimental, and based on 'easy' stereotypes. Though quite touching, it wasn't as funny as others in the genre I have read, and part of this was due to the central character being unlikeable - continually making stupid decisions and then moan ...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
Apr 26, 2014 Barbara Elsborg rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 27, 2016 Gisele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved Man and Boy... however, Man and Wife is even better. Parsons has written a most touching read that continues the story of Harry and Pat. This novel had me laughing out loud one minute and misting up the next...great great writing too. Can't wait to read book 3!
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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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“It's painful and it's messy. But sometimes you just have to make the break and start again.” 30 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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