About a Boy by Nick HornbyHow cool was Will Freeman?
Too cool! At thirty-six, hes as hip as a teenager. Hes single, child-free, goes to the right clubs and knows which trainers to wear. Hes also found a great way to score with women: attend single parents groups full of available (and grateful) mothers, all hoping to meet a Nice Guy.
Which is how Will meets Marcus, the oldest twelve-year-old on the planet. Marcus is a bit strange: he listens to Joni Mitchell and Mozart, looks after his mum and has never owned a pair of trainers. But Marcus latches on to Will - and wont let go. Can Will teach Marcus how to grow up cool? And can Marcus help Will just to grow up?
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About a Boy is a coming of age novel written by British writer Nick Hornby which has sold over a million copies. Set in London, About a Boy features two main protagonists: Will Freeman, a year-old bachelor, and Marcus Brewer, an incongruous schoolboy described as 'introverted' by his suicidal mother, Fiona, despite his tendencies to bond and interact with people. Will's father wrote a successful Christmas song, the royalties of which have afforded Will the ability to remain voluntarily redundant throughout his life — he spends his huge amounts of free time immersing himself in s culture, drinking, and pursuing sexual relations with women. 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. Will then makes a number of acquaintances through his membership of the single parents group, two of which are Fiona and her son Marcus. Although their relationship is initially somewhat strained, they finally succeed in striking up a true friendship despite Will being largely uninterested during the early-middle stages of the novel.
Marcus is the novel's boy genius, and somewhat tragic figure, who has a hard time relating to other people. His pretty stupid attack on Sal starts a series of events that eventually lead to Sal's injury in the streets that day — and to Marcus' own death Chapter Marcus's character makes us seriously consider the consequences of senseless violence and helps us realize the value of empathy and compassion. Marcus, egghead that he is, is also the character in the novel most closely associated with time and time travel. His conversation with Miranda in Chapter 14 is crucial to our understanding of how the novel thinks about time: "Einstein says common sense is just habit of thought. It's how we're used to thinking about things, but a lot of the time it just gets in the way.
Will is in his mid-thirties and enjoys a bachelor lifestyle in London. Despite his frequent dates and dalliances with women, he is happily single and maintains that he would not be able to share his life with someone else; after all, he is 'the star of the Will Show! Will lives a luxurious life without needing to work due to a lucrative Christmas hit by his father. Essentially, Will is incredibly self centered and unable to connect with other people. However, it is his unusual friendship with Marcus that teaches him to be more accepting and selfless. Marcus is twelve years old and lives with his mum. He struggles to find a balance between pleasing his mum who is an eccentric vegetarian and popular culture Will and people at school.
Character analysis. Marcus. He feels responsible for his mother's problems. He feels like he's the reason she's depressed, the reason she wants to kill herself.
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About a boy — Nick Hornby. However, this period came to an end in when stock market crashed. Novel is written in 3 rd person narrator, known as omniscient. The narration moves mainly from Marcus to Will, but Fiona is mentioned throughout the novel as well. The changing narration allows readers to see the events of the novel through the eyes of each of the main characters; therefore we have more sympathy for them than for Fiona. Author presents characters through various techniques, for instance their appearance and clothing; their values and views; also the way they speak.
Hugh Grant , who has a good line in charm, has never been more charming than in "About a Boy. Charming in the Grant stylebook refers to something he does as a conscious act, and what is remarkable here is that Grant is--well, likable. Yes, the cad has developed a heart. There are times, toward the end of the film, where he speaks sincerely and we can actually believe him. In "About a Boy," he plays Will, a year-old bachelor who has never had a job, or a relationship that has lasted longer than two months. He is content with this lifestyle.
Marcus Brewer is a twelve-year-old boy when this novel begins. The reader quickly learns that Marcus is the son of a single mother who is deeply depressed. Marcus struggles with his mother's illness alongside her, afraid from one moment to the next that his mother might attempt suicide and leave him alone. In fact, Marcus spends a portion of the novel attempting to find a man for his mother so that he will not be alone if she should die. This leads in part to the strong relationship that develops between Marcus and Will Freeman. Marcus is a strange boy who is often teased by the kids at his new school because he often sings aloud without realizing what he is doing and because he dresses in old fashioned, cheap clothing that make him stand out in a crowd.