Man and Wife

Man and Wife

3.47 (3,442 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 160 x 236 x 30mm | 739.35g
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754018245
  • 9780754018247

Review Text

The prolific Tony Parsons hit bestseller status with Man and Boy and this novel very much deserves to go the same way. Although it's billed as a sequel to that million-selling global success, it could just as easily be read and enjoyed on its own. Harry Silver is a man - it would be hard to see him as a hero as he's so weak and human - who's on his second marriage and hoping desperately that this will be the one, the real chance we all deserve for a bit of happiness in life. Yet even early on all is not well, and rueful cracks appear in the veneer of his new 'blended' family. As his second wife's career takes off, he's increasingly bored with his own media job, and one of his few remaining rays of light - the relationship he enjoys with his son, Pat - is soon to change irreparably. The subject matter is scarcely groundbreaking - the shifting, broken relationships and career and family problems so prevalent in modern life, the usual stuff that provides fodder for the countless workmanlike efforts which make up the bulk of this already overcrowded market. But Parsons's latest novel shouldn't be tarred with the same brush, as it effortlessly soars high above the majority of these, blending in themes such as truth and human weakness and the important things in life, whether the significance of music or the fit of a wedding ring. Some truly excellent writing sparkles throughout, from the tragic desperation of yet another Sunday afternoon at McDonalds with all the other 'weekend families', to the scenes where Harry and his mother share the spotlight. Some of these really are heartbreakingly brilliant, and mark this consummate piece of story-telling out as an essential read. (Kirkus UK)show more

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4 35% (1,196)
3 38% (1,323)
2 11% (365)
1 2% (81)
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