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Man and Boy by Tony Parsons
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Oct 25, 2009

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I purchased Man and Boy at Waverly Railway Station while waiting for my train to London. Seven years later I finally got around to reading it.

Man and Boy is an entertaining and easy read, making it a perfect book for traveling. The book chronicles the unraveling and reconstruction of Harry Silver's life after his third-life crisis in which he, a once career-minded family man, becomes a single father in the course of one day. The novel focuses on the post-nuclear family in the era of divorce, what it means to become a man/adult, and what it means to love.

Neither Harry nor the novel reaches any new, unexplored conclusions about life, love, maturity, sacrifice, and life. But then I again this book is on my "books to real while traveling list." What I like most about Parson's writing are his pithy endings to sections and chapters. He has mastered the art of using a single sentence to capture life in all its complex brutality and beauty.

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