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Kramer vs. Kramer

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  739 ratings  ·  55 reviews
In the beginning they were three. Joanna and Ted Kramer, and four-year-old Billy -- his big brown eyes bright with curiosity and wonder. A perfect family. Then on day the mother abandons them. Divorce. And now they are two. Father and son. Caring and cared for, learning what loving and belonging are all about, until there is a bond between them that nothing can break. Noth ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 31st 1988 by Ivy Books (first published 1977)
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Raghav Bansal
A heart-rending story of the immutable determination and fathomless love of a father for his son in times tempestuous, Kramer vs. Kramer immediately connects with the emotional quotient of a person however minuscule that might be. It recounts the quandary of a person caught between his seemingly bright calling future and an adorable son alone at home after his wife decides to walk out on him. The way in which the author has managed to create the magical bonding and slow love between the father-s ...more
فيلمش را نديدهام؛ كلاً آمريكاييها به مضاميني كه مربوط به دادگاه و مبارزه براي عدالت بشود علاقه دارند؛ و خوب موضوع ترك كردن خانه توسط زن؛ جدايي؛ سبك زندگي و غيره هم هست؛ شايد فيلمش بهترتر! از متن باشد؛ ولي متن هم بد نبود؛ قابليت سرگرم كردن را كه داشت؛ خوشخوان هم بود ...more
Stacie D-Struction
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Feb 02, 2015 Mary rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes contemporary fiction
Recommended to Mary by: Bookmooch
There was a time during their marriage when Ted and Joanna Kramer were happy. There was a time when they loved each other deeply; and their brown-eyed, inquisitive four-year-old son Billy was the absolute light of their lives. The Kramers once considered themselves the luckiest couple with a perfect family.

Then came the day when Joanna Kramer abandoned her family and filed for divorce. Ted and Billy were left on their own; together, two against the world. Father and son. Caring and cared for, l

(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

After some years of marriage and parenthood Joanna Kramer walks out on her husband and son. In the note she tells Ted she needs more than being a stay at home mom. Now Ted is a single father trying to understand how Joanna could leave their son, Billy and what he has to do next. As Ted and Billy start to get used to their new life Joanna returns and wants sole custody.

I have been wanting to read this book since I first
Coy Williams
Read it and get ready to cry!
This book did not thrill me, not did it annoy me. It was fine--a quick read, something easily consumable, and then forgotten. It is perhaps a bit dated because of the "mom wants to work outside the home, husband objects" narrative, thus entrenching it in the 70s. The one thing that I thought was particularly well done was the characterization of Billy. He seemed not like a caricature of a child, but an actual child. I won't read it again, but once again, it was well-written enough that I could r ...more
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Sam Zumwalt
What an outstanding book. I came across this book at Half Price Books yesterday for I think seventy-five cents and thought why not. I had never seen the movie, but was somewhat aware of the plot. I sat it on the table with a couple of other books I bought last night. When I woke up today I could not put it down, it was one of those rare books that you find yourself reading in one sitting. The prose was easy to read and very matter of fact- a good bit of dialogue, but great description. As for th ...more
Diane D White
Bring Me My Hankie

Decades after seeing the movie adaptation of this novel, I finally decided to read it. I found it all the more touching for my still-vivid memories of certain scenes in the film that faithfully followed the book. Corman's Ted is more fully developed here than on film, since the reader has knowledge of Ted's unspoken inner thoughts that the moviegoer doesn't. It's a well-written book with deep emotional impact. I am very glad I read it.
I chose to read this because it was a freebie on the Kindle in the last month or so, and I recognized the title from the movie. I had seen the movie several years ago, and as I recall, I thought it was a good movie.

I'm not sorry I read it. It was easy reading, and it never seemed to drag. If I recall correctly, I think I liked the ending in the movie a bit better. There were only subtle differences, but I liked those differences.
Jamie Gough
I was worried that I wouldn't like the book at the beginning, as Ted Kramer, the protagonist of the story, starts off as an unrelatable, unthoughtful guy. But Corman knew what he was doing, and shows very believably how Ted is able to grow into the amazing father and person who he becomes after his wife leaves him and her son without warning. This is a quick, but profound and poignant book.
I remember reading this about 25 years ago (estimated date). The book was written even years before that and it was such a shocking book at the time to read that a mother would abandon her family and want more or different in life. It stuck with me. But I also remember the labor chapter and that grossed me out at the time.
I haven't watch the movie, so I decided to read the ebook. As a father, I know it hard to connect with my children like my wife do. It needs hard work to become a father beyond a biologic father. I also agree that having children can make a man more responsible.
Amy Gennaro
I saw this movie years ago and loved it. I had never read the book and decided to read it.

While the movie was a great adaptation of the book---the book is definitely got a lot more depth to it.

I really enjoyed this book.
Reading this book and trying not to scream, "Haven't any of you people ever heard of joint custody?!" is probably how youngsters these days feel about floppy disks. Or something.
Ritka esetek egyike, mikor a film megindítóbb a könyvnél. De azért szerettem olvasni is.
Bonnie Lynn
Although I did see the movie, I'd not read the book. The novel was good but lacked the charm of the 1979 film with Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. My preference for the movie surprised me since books normally trump their film versions, in my opinion (the other exception being "Jaws".) My friend speaks often of the lengthy struggle he went through to gain custody of his young son in the late 80's, which is what made me pick up the book when I found it available. I wouldn't advise against reading ...more
Saw the movie years and years ago, but I loved this book. Didn't realize Avery Corman wrote so many books made into movies.
Nice fast read.
Eva 'Nomad'
Тъжна книга за брака по погрешни причини, за раздялата, самотата, безизходицата...
Jean Marie Angelo
Read this about a year before the movie came out. Great story. Quick read.
Sally Drummond
a very poignant and heartwarming story of a father's re-connection with his son when his wife runs off after an unhappy marriage. it was very sweet and light read
I read this family divorce drama novel in the late 1970's.
Tania Tiberia
really enjoyed. good as the movie, different from the movie
Miramira Endevall
It was interesting. I think I found myself being offended by the social mores of the seventies than by anything else. i.e. when Ted's lawyer warns him that a male intermediary might only be there to try and elicit a "homosexual proposition" that could be used against him in the custody hearing...yeah, not okay. Also, the time-warp snapshot of a time when Cheerios cost fifty cents ("and they're made of air!") and a full-time nanny only $125/week was somewhat intimidating. Good, quick read.
Is fire Island a real place? The movie does not mention it....In the book Billy is four in the movie he is in Grade 3...In the book we get a look in on the comedy of a single parent trying to date...the movie did not even touch on it...the book made me shed tears the movie left me dry eyed....I am so happy I read the book first because if I had only seen the movie, well I never would have read it. I enjoyed this book and I have read it more then once and each time it manages to make me cry.
Kenneth Emerton
I had seen the movie a good five times, and I thought that it couldn't possibly get any better. Then I found out that it was based on a book. Shortly after, I found the book and bought it. The book has quite a bit that wasn't in the movie that helps us understand even more about the Kramer's and their lives. The movie (which was written by Avery Corman himself) follows the book exactly, minus the parts that were left out. Any fan of the movie MUST read this book, it's a great read.
Laura Herzlos
This is one of the very, very few cases when I like the movie better than the book.
Touching and real. I cried.
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Avery Corman (born November 28, 1935, in the Bronx, New York) is an American novelist.

He is the author of the novel Kramer vs. Kramer (1977) which created a sea change in attitudes toward child custody with the public and in the courts in the United States and internationally. Robert Benton wrote the screenplay and directed the movie of the same name Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) starring Dustin Hoffma
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