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Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
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Jul 19, 2008

it was ok
Recommended for: Those not familiar with Kramer v. Kramer
Read in July, 2008

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 unheard of...the "Mr. Mom" stories made great fodder. Today, I'd be hard-pressed to think of a young father who does not fully participate in every aspect of parenting (not housework mind you...we haven't come THAT far!). The protaganist does have some self-discoveries that were not covered in Kramer, but mostly it is the same book.
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