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Man Woman and Child [Hardcover]

Erich Segal
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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April 1980
From Eric Segal comes an unforgettable story of  love....the drama of a father and the son he never  knew... And a marriage that must stand the  greatest test of all. Man, Woman And  Child. Bob and Sheila Beckwith had everything:  rewarding careers, two wonderful daughters, and a perfect  marriage... almost perfect. for what Sheila  didn't know was that Bob has once been unfaithful-only  once, ten years ago during a business trip to  France. What Bob didn't know was that his brief affair  produced a son. Now a tragic accident-and one  fateful phone call-will change Bob and Sheila's life  forever...
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; First Edition edition (April 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060140313
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060140311
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,043,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books Ever... 9 May 1999
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I've never really been one for Love Stories, and I avoided Erich Segal like the plague.. well I really missed out on something wonderful for a very long time. Richard Bach first showed me that a love story can be very interesting reading. Segal showed me how well it can be written. Man Woman and Child is one of the best books I have read, ever. What I loved the most was the crispness of the book. It took me about an hour to finish the book. It's been ages since I finished a book so fast. And it's a great thing, because this is one book you DON'T want to leave halfway. Sheila Beckwith is a beautifully sketched character. You can't help it, your heart goes out to her. The most striking thing is the realism. How can an author get into the minds of his characters, and be so realistic about it. I honestly didn't see the real need to bring in Dr. Gavin Wilson. If you think he was really essential to the story, please tell me why. I would have rather had Sheila not bothered by temptation, but then I am an idealist. I think this book really brings out what most men secretly believe, Fidelity. And more than that it reassures that Love really does supersede everything else. You can beat anything, as long as there's love. Great Book.. If you haven't read it yet, READ IT!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying read 14 Jun 1997
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For those who found 'Love Story' incredibly mushy, this book (M,W and C) might just serve to restore your faith in Erich Segal's writing abilities. I consider it Segal's best book.

From the first page when the protagonist learns about a son he never knew existed till the denouement, the story moves rapidly.

The characters are very believable. Bob Beckwith is not a very sharply defined protagonist - he seems to be always reacting to others' actions than initiating any on his own. But Sheila Beckwith is much more appealing than her counterpart Jenny in 'Love Story'. The characters of the Beckwiths' two precocious daughters is also well drawn.

The dialogues are vintage Segal - crisp and memorable. Segal is one of the few writers of this type of fiction who uses four and five syllable words so regularly. He has done a lot to enhance my vocabulary. :)

All in all, a very satisfying read.
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Great writing style, as always with Segal, but the story's a bit far-fetched. It feels as though Segal's story has simplified a very complex and difficult situation, involving infidelity in marriage. However, he's a great storyteller, always a good read & I enjoyed it, but nothing's as good as "Love Story".
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