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Erase una vez un padre by Nick Hornby

Erase una vez un padre (original 1998; edition 1998)

by Nick Hornby

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Title:Erase una vez un padre
Authors:Nick Hornby
Info:1999. Ediciones B. 335 páginas.
Collections:Narrativa, Leído, Read but unowned
Tags:Narrativa, Novela, Literatura inglesa, Siglo XX

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About a Boy by Nick Hornby (1998)

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Even better than the movie -- and I LOVED the movie! ( )
  evamat72 | Mar 31, 2016 |
The novel is about Will Freeman, a 36-year-old bachelor, and Marcus, an eccentric, introverted, bullied twelve-year-old who lives alone with his suicidal mother, Fiona. Will, who has never had to work thanks to the royalties from his father’s Christmas song hit entitled “Santa’s Super Sleigh”, has a lot of spare time. Most of this he spends smoking, watching TV, listening to albums and looking for female temporary companionship.

After a pleasant relationship with a single mother, Angie, Will comes up with the idea of attending a single parents group as a new way to pick up women. For this purpose, he invents a two-year-old son called Ned.

It is through one of these single parents meetings that he comes to know Marcus. Although their relationship is initially somewhat strained, they finally succeed in striking up a true friendship. Will helps Marcus to fit into the modern world. He takes him shopping, buys him shoes and introduces him to the music of Nirvana. Marcus and Will’s friendship blooms as the story progresses.

Marcus is “adopted” by Ellie McRae, a very tough fifteen-year-old girl, who is constantly in trouble at school because she insists on wearing a Kurt Cobain jumper. He also spends some time with his dad Clive, who visits Marcus and Fiona for Christmas, together with his new girlfriend Lindsey and Lindsey’s mother.

Meanwhile Will starts going out with a single mom called Rachel, whose son Alistair—“Ali” for short—is about the same age as Marcus. In the end, Marcus evolves into a “normal” child for his age. On the other hand, Will becomes more mature and ends up wanting to marry Rachel. Therefore, both Will and Marcus have started to live according to their age.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
I've been meaning to read this for a while since I've loved the film. I really enjoy the dynamic of each chapter being told from the point of view of one of the 2 main characters. Maybe the this theme is nothing new an adult who has no clue how to act like one and a kid that just doesn't function like one. I've had my share on this matter, but I really loved how things worked, how they interact with each other, how they make you feel with them and sometimes laugh at them. Another great book by Nick Hornby. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
I did enjoy this, though it's not my usual style. A man in his 30s needs to grow up, while a boy of 12 needs to learn to be a child... great characters, and some humour that almost made me laugh aloud in places. Thought-provoking too, pondering the meaning of life, and the importance of truth, and the nature of friendship.

More bad language than I'm comfortable with, but not as bad as some. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
This book is an entertaining, witty story that will catch you laughing out loud and unable to put it down! Enjoy. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 14, 2015 |
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If it's comedy you want, there's a whole hilarity industry busily supplying the world of American entertainment -- except when it comes to the book business, where heroic exemplars of drollery have been a dwindling species in recent years. Despite the boom in waggish humor on television and in the movies, in the United States the comic novel is virtually a dead genre.
added by stephmo | editNew York Times, Hal Epsen (Jun 28, 1998)
A follow-up to High Fidelity, British writer Hornby's superb 1996 novel about pop-music obsession, About A Boy (the film rights to which have reportedly been sold for $3 million) is an acerbic, emotionally richer yet no less funny tale. Will (36, single, lonely, in search of a girlfriend and a life) meets Marcus (12, lonely, in search of happiness for himself and his suicidal mother). At first, befriending Marcus is merely an attempt to assuage a guilty conscience brought about by a life of leisure.
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Will Lightman is a Peter Pan for the 1990s. At 36, the terminally hip North Londoner is unmarried, hyper-concerned with his coolness quotient, and blithely living off his father's novelty-song royalties. Will sees himself as entirely lacking in hidden depths--and he's proud of it! The only trouble is, his friends are succumbing to responsibilities and children, and he's increasingly left out in the cold. How can someone brilliantly equipped for meaningless relationships ensure that he'll continue to meet beautiful Julie Christie-like women and ensure that they'll throw him over before things get too profound? A brief encounter with a single mother sets Will off on his new career, that of "serial nice guy." As far as he's concerned--and remember, concern isn't his strong suit--he's the perfect catch for the young mother on the go. After an interlude of sexual bliss, she'll realize that her child isn't ready for a man in their life and Will can ride off into the Highgate sunset, where more damsels apparently await. The only catch is that the best way to meet these women is at single-parent get-togethers. In one of Nick Hornby's many hilarious (and embarrassing) scenes, Will falls into some serious misrepresentation at SPAT ("Single Parents--Alone Together"), passing himself off as a bereft single dad: "There was, he thought, an emotional truth here somewhere, and he could see now that his role-playing had a previously unsuspected artistic element to it. He was acting, yes, but in the noblest, most profound sense of the word."

What interferes with Will's career arc, of course, is reality--in the shape of a 12-year-old boy who is in many ways his polar opposite. For Marcus, cool isn't even a possibility, let alone an issue. For starters, he's a victim at his new school. Things at home are pretty awful, too, since his musical therapist mother seems increasingly in need of therapy herself. All Marcus can do is cobble together information with a mixture of incomprehension, innocence, self-blame, and unfettered clear sight. As fans of Fever Pitch and High Fidelity already know, Hornby's insight into laddishness magically combines the serious and the hilarious. About a Boy continues his singular examination of masculine wish-fulfillment and fear. This time, though, the author lets women and children onto the playing field, forcing his feckless hero to leap over an entirely new--and entirely welcome--set of emotional hurdles.

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A comedy on a bachelor in London who specializes in affairs with single mothers. To improve his chances, he joins a single parents' association and gets a boy to pretend he is his son.

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