Note: this book is in good condition, but because it has been stored loosely, it is not flat - it has a slight wave to it. I will try to flatten it.
From Eric Segal comes an unforgettable story of love....the drama of a father and the son he never knew... And a marriage that must stand the greatest test of all. Man, Woman And Child. Bob and Sheila Beckwith had everything: rewarding careers, two wonderful daughters, and a perfect marriage... almost perfect. for what Sheila didn't know was that Bob has once been unfaithful-only once, ten years ago during a business trip to France. What Bob didn't know was that his brief affair produced a son. Now a tragic accident-and one fateful phone call-will change Bob and Sheila's life forever...
Another good quick read by Erich Segal. I will be reading more from this author for sure. The author shows the husband Bob and the wife Sheila as having the perfect marriage with two daughters. That is, until Bob receives a call from his friend in France informing him of the death of a woman he had an affair with. She had his son, Jean-Claude and had not told the son who the father was. With no family for him to go to, the boy would end up an orphan and his friend asked if he would take the boy. Bob eventually agrees to taking him on the condition that his friend can find someone else to care for him in one month.
Bob has the challenge of telling his wife of his affair and that the woman he slept with had his son and never said anything to him. To commit such adultery and to ask for forgiveness is quite ballsy. You can see how it rocks their marriage and tears up Sheila with wanting to know why he chose to do it. It was a difficult read in wanting Sheila to set aside her anger for her husband and let his SON stay and be apart of their family. You can't really blame her for her feelings as she felt betrayed. It was an emotional read and very enjoyable, I would read it again.
In another unforgettable story of love by the author of Love Story comes the story of a father and the son he never knew...And a marriage that must withstand the greatest test of all.
Robert and Sheila Beckwith had everything: rewarding careers - Robert as a statistics professor and Sheila as an editor for a distinguished publishing house; two wonderful, precocious daughters - twelve-year-old Jessica and nine-year-old Paula - and a marriage that was almost...perfect. For there was one thing thing that Sheila didn't know - that while on a business trip to France a decade before, Bob had been unfaithful to her. It had only happened one time, and was never repeated...
However, what Bob never realized was that his brief affair had produced a son. Now a tragic accident - and one fateful phone call - will change Bob and Sheila Beckwith's life forever...
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was incredibly poignant and compulsively readable - although, I must say that I found the ending both satisfactory - and decidedly unsatisfactory - all at once. I was absolutely enthralled by this story. In my opinion, this was truly an excellent book - I give it an A+!
I wish I appreciated Erich Segal's writing style more. Man, Woman and Chaild is very readable, in that it has lots of dialogue intersperced with a few quick lines of set up, it's fast paced, events happen quickly, and the story moves steadily. But, his style of writing seems thin to me. Remote even. He knows exactly where the story is going, but he leads the reader there without frills or even "feeling". Odd, this lack of feeling, since his characters suffer greatly (in this case lots of guilt and remorse for "the man", anger and hurt for "the woman", etc.) and their every thought is revealed before they speak their next line. Like I said, I wish I appreciated the style more.
*** Three stars for being readable, but only three due to the lack of fireworks.
This is a great story of a family dealing with the father's child by his only stray during his marriage. He worships his wife but, once, just once, spends three days and nights with a beautiful woman when he is trapped in France. It's warm, realistic, and heart-tugging. Like the story very much.