About a Boy, Level 4, Penguin Active Readersby Nick Hornby
Pub. Date: 11/10/2008
Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
Nick Hornby’s cult fiction debut, the New York Times Notable High Fidelity, was a national bestseller in the United States, and a #1 bestseller in England. Hornby was greeted with standing ovations from The New Yorker (Hornby has established himself as a maestro of the male confessional) to Time (Hornby demonstrates his enviable talent for lucid, laconic writing) to The New York Times Book Review (Hornby captures the loneliness and childishness of adult life with such precision and wit that you’ll find yourself nodding and smiling) to GQ (funny, compulsive, and contemporary). About a Boy stars a guy called Will, who doesn’t really want any children. He wonders why it bothers people that he lives so happily alone in his fashionable, Lego-free flat, with massive speakers, and an expensive cream-colored rug that no kid has ever thrown up on. Then Will meets Angie. He has never been out with a mom before. And it has to be said that Angie’s long blond hair and big blue eyes, are not irrelevant to his sudden reassessment of his attitude toward children. She is truly beautiful. And truly beautiful women do not, traditionally, go out with him. Then it dawns on Will that maybe Angie goes out with him because of the children. Maybe children democratized beautiful, single women.
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Table of ContentsIn 1995 Nick Hornby's debut novel was published in the United States to rave reviews, and it was a bestseller in both England and the U.S. The New York Times Book Review wrote, "High Fidelity fills you with the same sensation you get from hearing a debut record album that has more charm and verve and depth than anything you can recall." Hornby has now written his second novel, and the prepublication buzz is unlike that of any other book this year. A lengthy excerpt from About a Boy recently appeared in the Christmas Fiction Issue of The New Yorker, and the movie rights to the novel were bought by Robert De Niro's Tribeca Films for more than $3 million.
About a Boy centers around Will Freeman, a London bachelor in his late 30s who really doesn't want any children. He wonders why it bothers people so much that he lives so happily alone in his fashionable, Lego-free flat, with its massive speakers, hardwood floors, and an expensive cream-colored rug that nobody has ever thrown up on. He is a happy bachelor, and all things appear to be good in his life, according to his standards.
Then Will meets Angie. He has never been out with anybody who was a mom before. Angie is truly beautiful. And it has been said that truly beautiful women don't date Will. Suddenly it dawns on him: He can date truly beautiful women with kids who not only want to date him but are enthusiastic about dating him. Then comes the crowning moment, the breakup. Angie breaks up with him, and it is not because of something horrible he has done (which has always been the case in the past); rather it's because of her "situation." Will discovers that beautiful women with children are just happy to be with a "nice" guy, and the clincher is that they break up with him. Thus begins Nick Hornby's funny, compulsive, and contemporary new novel about sex, manliness...and fatherhood.
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