Starting Over

Starting Over

Tony Parsons / Sep 16, 2019

Starting Over After suffering a heart attack at the age of George is given the heart of a year old and suddenly everything changes But he soon discovers that being young again is not all it is cracked up to

  • Title: Starting Over
  • Author: Tony Parsons
  • ISBN: 9780007226511
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • After suffering a heart attack at the age of 42, George is given the heart of a 19 year old and suddenly everything changes But he soon discovers that being young again is not all it is cracked up to be and what he actually wants than anything is to have his old life back.

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      • Tony Parsons

        There is than one author in the database with this name.Tony Parsons born 6 November 1953 is a British journalist broadcaster and author He began his career as a music journalist on the NME, writing about punk music Later, he wrote for The Daily Telegraph, before going on to write his current column for the Daily Mirror Parsons was for a time a regular guest on the BBC Two arts review programme The Late Show, and still appears infrequently on the successor Newsnight Review he also briefly hosted a series on Channel 4 called Big Mouth.He is the author of the multi million selling novel, Man and Boy 1999 Parsons had written a number of novels including The Kids 1976 , Platinum Logic 1981 and Limelight Blues 1983 , before he found mainstream success by focussing on the tribulations of thirty something men Parsons has since published a series of best selling novels One For My Baby 2001 , Man and Wife 2003 , The Family Way 2004 , Stories We Could Tell 2006 , My Favourite Wife 2007 , Starting Over 2009 and Men From the Boys 2010 His novels typically deal with relationship problems, emotional dramas and the traumas of men and women in our time He describes his writing as Men Lit , as opposed to the rising popularity of Chick Lit.enpedia wiki Tony_Par


    357 Comments

    1. I wish I could explain my feelings for Tony Parsons in a way that would do him true justice. Whenever I read his books I feel a sort of heartbreaking hope. I know why, but not well enough to be able to express it accurately. The way Tony writes makes you feel relieved that someone is paying attention to life in such a way that they really do just get it. I think with this book especially, the way George loves Lara makes me feel hopeful. After all that time he still loved her, and not in a daft s [...]


    2. Mixed feelings about this one. The start felt disjointed, as though in a rush over the editing the author had simply ripped out random sections of his manuscript and posted the rest to the printers. Somewhere along the line a guy who’s either 42 or 47 depending on whether you believe the text or the back cover synopsis, gets a heart transplant. It happens so quickly they might possibly have installed a zipper in his chest. Then he starts taking on some of the characteristics of his much younge [...]


    3. Wow, this was really annoying and bad. I don't get why this guy is popular, hes a terrible writer. I didn't care one lick for any of the characters, didn't bother to finish it.


    4. A male writer of chick flicks for men is how I have seen Tony Parsons described, I prefer to think of him as a male writer of Contemporary Fiction which can be enjoyed by both male and female readers. I happen to enjoy his take on relationships and have read five other novels of his, although this is only the second time I have reviewed one here. If you have not already realised that 'life' is a precious gift, you will have by the time you have finished reading 'Starting Over'. This is an emotio [...]


    5. There was this familiar feeling that swept right into my veins as I read this book. It was the same sensation as when I read Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother. Nevertheless, I was happy with the ending. It was good enough."If you change the blade, and then you change the handle - is it still the same sword?"


    6. I do like Tony Parsons. Warm, funny, very believable characters.Not quite sure I like any book about a person who needs a heart transplant at 42 - and the acceptance that a person of that age is definitely "middle aged". But obviously I'm in denial, I guess.Laugh. Cry. And dread the day when your cute little children become teenagers.



    7. I haven't read any of his for ages, but was in the mood for something different. Sadly, this wasn't as good as the early books like Man & Boy.George is a 47 year old policeman with a wife who used to be a dancer, teenage kids, and a partner who's a bully, when he has a heart attack leading him to need a heart transplant. Not initially knowing that his new heart came from a 19 year old criminal, he begins to resent his comfortable life and tries to regain his youth, behaving like such a dick [...]


    8. I found this book at Ewell East station and thought, ‘Tony Parsons. Yes I can relate to him. He understands people like me. This will be good’.It wasn’t. I despised virtually all the characters. They ranged from narcissistic to selfish to criminal to hopeless to unsympathetic to downright rude. I didn’t believe in them, didn’t relate to them and couldn’t believe they were related to each other.There were a few interesting themes along the way, some pleasant scenes, but when you are l [...]


    9. I read this book a while back & now I come to review it, I can find little to say. While I found it reasonable it at the time - well I finished it anyhow - it can't have been that memorable.So from what I can recollect in the first half of the book, George would seem to be regressing back to being a teenager after receiving a heart transplant from a donor - yes, you've guessed it - who was a 19-year-old boy. Of course at the time George doesn't know this but when he finds out, that seems the [...]


    10. Znaci ovo citajte ako vam bas netko da knjigu, a taj dan nema struje pa ne mozete gledat TV ili napunit mobitel, a nema nikoga oko vas za drustvene igre.Procitala sam je do kraja samo zato jer mi OKP ne da da pustim knjigu neprocitanu, ali realno sam je mogla odlozit nakon 50 stranicai kraju je moozda malo bolje, al svejednoAko je ovo materijal za bestseller onda:a) sam sretna sto sam se rodila tad kad jesam u HR jer u Americi ocito ljudi jako drukcije percipiraju kvalitetnu i pametnu knjigub) s [...]



    11. Kept me reading but felt a little cheated because the novel veered away from answering the big question it posed at the beginning.


    12. Svidjaju mi se njegovi romani. Prica o porodici,ljubavi, odrastanju sazrevanju,koja opstaje iako nailazi na brodolome.


    13. [3.5]This is the fourth Tony Parsons book I've read, and as I started it I told myself I really must stop buying them. They are acquired during moments of boredom in station branches of WH Smith and the like - but they're always a bit meh, and if I'm going to read ladlit in the first place, I should at least try other authors.However, it turned out to be the most interesting of his books, as for once it wasn't just about the characters' marriages and divorces, and I remembered why I chose this o [...]


    14. A quick and easy read only 291 pages long it has a very simple plot. A middle aged man gets the chance to start over. But when he does start over does he do it right?I did not identify with the main character George Bailey at all. I did not agree with anything he said or anything he did, however I believe that is due to the fact that it is a very male read. Saying that however I have read a couple of books or so with the main character/s being male of which I have really enjoyed. This however wa [...]


    15. How many chances do you get to make it right?At 42 George is given another chance in the shape of a new heart. The heart of a 19 year old. But as well as adding years to his life it also appears to be making him younger and younger as his own family continue to get older. Where has Tony Parsons been all my life? I have been aware of his books for a while but they have always existed in a some strange extra dimension at the corner of my eye. But this one jumped out at me for some reason and to be [...]


    16. This is a bit episodic. It is as if Tony has taken issues reported in the daily mail (facebook wrecking parties, google earth dipping parties) and woven them into a family tale that covers all his usual ground. Getting older, responsibilities, how this generation of fathers and not as good as the one before etcc.The story is a family man - wife - two kids - who has a heart transplant and starts behaving like a younger man - rebuilding matey relationships with his kids etc.Its the episodic feel o [...]


    17. Tony Parsons writes about contemporary emotional issues with great wit and insight. “Starting Over” is the story of George Bailey, a desk bound policeman who at the very beginning of the book suffers a near fatal heart attack. Following the lifesaving transplant, 42 year old George’s life begins to change irrevocably. Is it the heart of a 19-year-old, or is it the second chance the transplant has given him? But his new found “youth” has some unforeseen consequences for George. His rela [...]


    18. George, a man of 42 gets a heart implanted of a 19 year old boy and suddenly feels more like a teenager himself than a husband + father in his middle ages. Although many ppl probably dreams of being younger than they really are, this also causes a lot of problems in the marriage dynamic. In the end George moves back in with his parents and instead of being a police office he now cleans private swimming pools. The topic itself is very interesting, but somehow I didn't like the second part of the [...]


    19. Why do I keep reading books by a middle aged man? A middle aged middle class British man. Because of Man and Boy, the "love letter from a father to his son, and from a son to his father". That's beautiful and relevant to me. But I'm definitely not part of Parsons's target audience. I find all his books ok and quite sympathetic, but This time it's a middle aged man who gets a new heart and a new chance at life. And becomes like a boy. And there's his relationship to his teenage son and daughter a [...]


    20. I thought the novel has a really powerful message; by having the second chance's really important for you to improve yourself in order to be a better person. George who was shot with a gun at his heart, but got lucky, found a donor (19 years old boy) who can replace a heart to his body. In the beginning of his transition, George was acting a little childish (teenager-ish) towards his family which makes his wife almost leave him for another man. george spent most of his time staying at his parent [...]


    21. I used to enjoy Tony Parsons' books and consider myself a devoted fan, yet with Starting Over, I kept starting it over but never got very far before I lost interest. I just could not bring myself to get involved in the story. After umpteenth time trying, I've given up at last! Sorry, Tony - I think I'm spoilt by all those fabulous, first-class Scandinavian crime fiction that I am now a fussier reader - The British authors need to work harder to compete with Nordic Noir writers in terms of compel [...]


    22. "Up and down journey for me as I really enjoyed the first part of the book, cringed at the middle and liked it again for the last part. The protagonist gets the chance of starting over when he has a heart transplant. After the transplant he starts to question what he does to his life, or is it "cell memory" from the unlucky young donor? Parsons writes well and the story does take some not entirely expected turns. If you can get past the urge to shake someone by the collar and yelling "grow up" r [...]


    23. A diverting return to more familiar territory for Tony Parsons. The relationship of a 40 something married couple is under strain as the husband questions his values after a heart transplant and their teenage children struggle to find their path in life. The characters are humorously drawn but believable and sympathetic and though the book is an easy read there is great insight and intelligence in disecting the dilemmas and challenges faced by contemporary families. A touching novel in which red [...]


    24. An easy read, and pretty much what I've come to expect from Tony Parsons. So no surprises, or change of direction (his next is set to be a follow up to Man & Boy/Man & Wife - so again, sticking to familar territory). Enjoyable for the most part; an undemanding style of writing with recognisable characters/scenarios. And only this existential puzzler to test the grey matter, "if you changed the blade of a sword, and then you changed the handle - is it still the same sword?" - (though coul [...]


    25. It was okay. I felt that the plot meandered at times and seemed to chop and change a bit. The protagonist would be in one setting and a completely different one the next. He'd do absolutely ridiculous things to. I know that was the idea behind the book - man has heart operation, starts behaving young again, but it didn't really feel that there was a hard emotional development behind his sudden change of behaviour. Not enough to warrant it.There was a lot of good expression between the characters [...]


    26. I have read most of Tony Parsons' other books, but this one did not have me on the edge of my seat like the others. The story of a transplant receiver who suddenly realises what it is to cherish every moment, but to the brink of carelessness, was not particularly moving. I did not empathise much with the character, and much preferred the other stories. Seeing as how many of them are similar (Parsons writes about people trying to cope with modern living, patchwork families and the such), I did no [...]


    27. Having previously read a number of Tony Parsons' novels previously, I was very disappointed with this book. It details the story of George and his family, who at the young age of 42 has a heart attack. At this point of the book, I was following it. However, after he has a heart attack his perspective on life changes and this is where I began to get very confused as the story moved around from one thing to the next without explanation.I never really felt that I knew George as a character and he, [...]


    28. I'm still not so keen on Tony Parson's newer books. I much preferred Starting Over to My Favourite Wife (and the truly uninspiring Stories we Could Tell) but it wasn't so good as Man and Boy, Man and Wife or One for my Baby. Reading the blurb for this novel, the plot grated a little (the whole memory effect thing seemed a bit naff - I'm just waiting for a Cecelia Ahern novel on the subject to prove me right :)). The writing was clean and easy but I don't really think I ever got over the plot. It [...]


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