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Another outling for Harry Silver - still grappling with how to be a good man in the modern world,
This review is from: Men from the Boys (Hardcover)
Having enjoyed Tony Parson's previous novels featuring Harry Silver, I was keen to try this one. Silver is now ten years older and at the outset, life seems pretty good. However, the reappearance of his ex-wife Gina complicates the already complicated relationship with his teenaged son Pat, and he meets Ken Grimwood, an old comrade of his father from the war. Now married to Cyd, and step-dad to a teenage daughter and a dad seven year old, Silver is a character who wears his heart on his sleeve as he struggles to come to terms with his life as a forty-something in 20th century Britain. In this book, he comes to realise that the "golden age" of his father's generation wasn't perhaps as great as all that although the nostalgia for past certainties is still there. Parsons writes in a simplistic style (some have found his style irritating but I quite like it) about men's emotions - too often books like this see things from a female point of view - and it works well for the most part. Occasionally though like Cyd, you do feel like saying to him "Don't say anything smart Harry". If you haven't read "Man and Boy" and "Man and Wife" I would recommend that you start with these. Although this third book in the series inevitably retreads some of the same ground, it is worth reading. Recommended.