The Best a Man Can Get Paperback – 1 Jun 2002
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Some men are born fathers, while others have fatherhood thrust upon them. The protagonist of John O'Farrell's The Best a Man Can Get belongs indisputably in the latter category. When his first daughter is born, Michael Adams imagines her as the warden of a prison that will permanently deprive him of his youth and freedom. Terrified by his new responsibilities, he regularly escapes to a bachelor pad across the Thames, pretending to be at work. Another child arrives--and with still another on the way, it is only a matter of time until Michael's wife discovers his double life. At that point, he must make a choice between his family and his hedonistic haven.
By turns hilarious and touching, O'Farrell's book delves deeply into the anxieties of modern parenting. Yet the novel is not without empathy for the 21st-century father. After all, it's easy to imagine the lure of a child-proof hideaway, insulated from sleepless nights and dirty diapers. At the same time, Adams often wonders whether "just being tucked up warm and cosy" is really "the best a man can get". With its charming prose and its truant protagonist, this first novel is sure to win over even the most reluctant parent. --Greg Bensinger --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Punchline fuelled, relentless humour...I don't think a woman is going to get much closer to the workings of a man's mind than this. Giggling several times a page with plenty of out-loud laughs is guaranteed. Is John O'Farrell funny? Very" (Daily Mirror)
"So funny because it rings true... Packed with painfully well-observed jokes" (The Times)
"A hilarious confessional narrative. This wickedly observed page-turner lets bachelor-nostalgia joyride to its absurd conclusion... Piquant and irreverently sardonic" (Literary Review)
"This is SO good... so insightful about men, women, love and parenthood that you read every page with a wince of recognition. Fab, fab, fab" (India Knight)
"Excellent... Things Can Only Get Better will make you laugh out loud" (Angus Deayton) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
Michael Adams is essentially a good father and a loving husband, caught up perhaps in his own selfishness and always aware of the mess his own father made of being there for him. As he tells the story, O'Farrell adds observational, sardonic humour but still manages to produce a tale that should resonate with any father, or anyone who has ever questioned their commitment in any long term relationship.
Well worth a read.
Having just read John O'Farrell's first book "Things can only get better" which is a light hearted and humorous look at life as a Labour Party supporter and really enjoyed it I thought I would give one of his other non-fact books a try.
"The best a man can get" is the story of Michael Adams who is finding the modern pressures of fatherhood all a little bit too much. With two young children already when his wife Catherine announces she's pregnant again it looks like this might be the straw that breaks the camel's back. Michael works as a composer of TV advert jingles, which does allow him the luxury of working irregular work hours, a theme which Michael takes to the extreme as he begins to spend more and more time in his bedroom studio located on the other side of London. His flatmates don't know about Michael's family life and Michael enjoying a pseudo-bachelorhood for half his waking life doesn't see any point in putting them straight.
As expected things are going to get a lot worse for Michael especially when in one of the most blindingly obvious plot moves ever Catherine finds out about Michael's duplicity.
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There is very little real story
There is lots of rubbish about his likes and dislikes
The book is like watching reality tv - soul destroying listing to dull people who turn a potential cracking adventure into the mundane.
Would give this book 0 if I could.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do have a policy of always finishing every book that I buy, but 'the best a man can get' is testing this. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shopshire Blue
Very funny book, well written too. All his books are funny and well written.
Read all of them force good laugh.
I read this book many years ago. Now being a father myself I revisited it and found so many similarities. It's my self help novel. Brilliantly written and funny.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
And it's not Gillette ! Brilliant, this author is amazingly amusingPublished 13 months ago by Elljaygee
Haven't read it yet but supplied as Very Good condition. If stains on the back, damp pages and folded corners constitute la very good then fine.Published 17 months ago by Freethrow