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Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
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Jul 21, 2010

really liked it
Read in July, 2010

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 book. The most powerful part is the relationship between Harry and his father. Tony Parsons authentically captures all the nuances of man's relationship with his aging father. It was the most believable portrayal I've ever read, and let me tell you, I've read a lot of them.

In the end, I was very pleased with this book. I'm glad I went in with lower expectations because it allowed me to be fully blown away by the quality of the book.
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