Book review: Man and Boy
Harry Silver “makes a mistake” with a girl at work. He then loses his wife and his job and becomes a single parent-all in the space of a few days. As he learns to bring up his son alone he starts to appreciate, among other things, the father-son bond, and he begins to realise what makes his own father so special. Indeed, the relationship they have is both extremely moving and very realistic.
Harry, like all of us, experiences life's greatest milestones in the hands of doctors-the great joy at the birth of his son, Pat, and the immense grief of losing a loved one, for his father is diagnosed with lung cancer.
It is easy for us in the medical profession to feel nothing but a passive sense of acceptance when reading about such a diagnosis. Many of us would not have batted an eyelid. What is often needed