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4.0 out of 5 stars Harry's more like 57 than 40 !, 21 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Men from the Boys (Hardcover)
According to Wiki, Tony Parsons was born in 1953, which makes him 57. Obviously 40 year old Harry Silver is supposed to be Tony, but Parsons really needs to get into character. 40 year olds don't need reading glasses to see the bill in night-clubs. And 35 years olds definitely don't (see Elizabeth Montgomery's boyfriend).

Also, if you're 40 you might still be lucky enough to have a grandfather who fought in WW2, but how many men of that generation waited until they were 50 to have kids? If Harry is 40, he must have been born in 1970. Even if his Dad fought in 1945 at the age of 18, he was still 50 when he had Tony...I mean, Harry. Meanwhile, poor old Harry had his son when he was 25 and his father preached wisely it was the making of him...

Also, Cyd is supposed to be American but speaks like a Japanese woman (what a surprise). Why didn't he just write his autobiography?

Having said that, it was readable, if very, very sentimental about children, like all his novels.
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Initial post: 22 Jun 2010 17:31:56 BDT
I think you've missed the point about the older boyfriend and his reading glasses. First of all, many forty year olds do use reading glasses, if they wear contact lenses. But in any case, the point is that 35 is the age he told Elizabeth he was. Harry clearly realises he is a lot older. The implication is that he may well be 45. The reading glasses are supposed to illustrate the point that this man has lied to Elizabeth about his age. However, I noted the same point about the age of Harry's father.
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