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Encyclopedia > About a Boy
Title About a Boy
Author Nick Hornby
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre(s) novel
Publisher
Released 1998
Media type Print (paperback and hardcover)

About a boy is a 1998 novel by British writer Nick Hornby. Image File history File links Aboutaboybsdrgh. ... Nick Hornby (born 17 April 1957) is an English novelist and essayist who lives in Highbury, Islington in London. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) book is bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth or heavy paper) and a stitched spine. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... Nick Hornby (born 17 April 1957) is an English novelist and essayist who lives in Highbury, Islington in London. ...

Contents

Plot introduction

About a Boy was widely acclaimed for accurately rendering the thoughts and feelings of twelve year-old Marcus, who feels displaced and lonely in several ways. It is also the moving story of Will Freeman, an emotionally undeveloped man in his 30s coming to find meaning in his life, despite having never held a job and living off the sizable residuals of his father's one song, a one hit wonder about Santa Claus. The title is inspired by the Nirvana song, About a Girl. The book also makes many references to the band. Most of the action in the novel is set in Islington, and in particular the Clerkenwell area. In the music industry, a one-hit wonder is an artist who is generally known for only one hit single. ... A typical depiction of Santa Claus. ... Nirvana was an American rock band originating from Aberdeen, Washington. ... About A Girl is a song by the American rock band, Nirvana. ... Islington is an inner-city district in north London. ... Clerkenwell (pronounced clarkenwell) is a locality in the southermost part of the London Borough of Islington. ...


Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Looking for a real friend, Marcus Brewer thinks he has found one in 36-year-old Will Freeman, and subsequently makes various plans and schemes revolving around Will. Marcus' experiences as a result of his relationships with Will, his mother Fiona, and an angry 15-year old named Ellie, allow him to explore outside his emotional boundaries to become more fully developed. Less than a year after their first meeting, both Marcus and Will have matured, each in their own particular way. What is more, the two are going to stay together: Marcus, who was originally looking for a stepfather, has realised that Will can never be that, but that life goes on and may bring pleasant surprises at any moment; and Will has realized that it is possible to live a carefree life, bring joy to others and be happy at the same time. The root of all the trouble is a classic dysfunctional family of the 1990s. Friendship is a term used to denote co-operative and supportive behaviour between two or more humans. ... A stepfamily is the family one acquires when a parent marries someone new. ... A dysfunctional family is a family in which conflict, misbehaviour and even abuse on the part of individual members of the family occur continually, leading other members to accommodate such actions. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Characters in About a boy

Marcus Brewer: a twelve year-old boy grown in a single family and alienated in his school environment.


Will Freeman: a thirty-six-year-old bachelor looking for an easy relationship initially.


Ellie McCrae:, a 15 year-old girl from Marcus' school with a bad reputation. At first she makes fun of him but later Marcus can team up with her and her friend Zoe. In the weeks that follow, Marcus at first wants her to be his girlfriend, but at the end of he has realized that being good friends is a much better option.


Fiona: Marcus' mother, a music therapist. Separated from Marcus' father, she has a succession of boyfriends, but none of these relationships (or rather flings) proves satisfactory. Fiona is rather dictatorial when it comes to deciding what is good for her and her son and what is not, which only increases their distance from, and incompatibility with, others. She is a passionate individualist, and teaches Marcus that he should try to be different from the rest. She suffers from depression, something marcus feels completely helpless about.

Spoilers end here.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

About a Boy was filmed in 2002 by Chris and Paul Weitz starring Nicholas Hoult as Marcus, Hugh Grant as Will, and Toni Collette as Fiona. On the whole, the screenplay closely follows Hornby's novel, but omits the scenes involving drugs and has a completely different ending. The entire score to the movie, including several full songs and numerous incidental pieces, was composed by British indie songwriter Badly Drawn Boy. About a Boy is a 2002 film directed by brothers Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz, and starring Nicholas Hoult (born 1989) as Marcus, Hugh Grant as Will, Toni Collette as Fiona and Rachel Weisz as Rachel. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Chris Weitz (born 1970 in New York, New York) is the producer and director (along with brother Paul Weitz) of American Pie, About a Boy, and other movies. ... Paul Weitz (born 1966 in New York, New York) is a film director and screenwriter. ... Nicholas Hoult (born 7 December 1989) is an English actor. ... Hugh John Mungo Grant (born September 9, 1960 in Hammersmith, London) is a Golden Globe winning British actor. ... Toni Collette promoting In Her Shoes Antonia Collette (born November 1, 1972) is an Academy award-nominated Australian actress. ... In popular music, indie music (from independent) is any of a number of genres, scenes, subcultures and stylistic and cultural attributes, characterised by perceived independence from commercial pop music and mainstream culture and an autonomous, do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. ... Damon Gough (nicknamed Badly Drawn Boy, born 2 October 1969, in Bolton, Greater Manchester, England) is an indie singer/songwriter. ...


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