Toby: A Man

Toby A Man TV presenter and man about town Toby M nard has it all But in the days after hisfather has a startling accident Toby makes a series of terrible wincing choices As a result he is fired from his job

  • Title: Toby: A Man
  • Author: Todd Babiak
  • ISBN: 9781554684397
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Paperback
  • TV presenter and man about town Toby M nard has it all But in the days after hisfather has a startling accident, Toby makes a series of terrible, wincing choices As a result, he is fired from his job as an etiquette commentator and loses his superb condo, his beautiful girlfriend and his beloved BMW Worse still, he must move back to the grey Montreal suburb of Dollard dTV presenter and man about town Toby M nard has it all But in the days after hisfather has a startling accident, Toby makes a series of terrible, wincing choices As a result, he is fired from his job as an etiquette commentator and loses his superb condo, his beautiful girlfriend and his beloved BMW Worse still, he must move back to the grey Montreal suburb of Dollard des Ormeaux and live in his parents basement.With his silent BlackBerry and a sudden absence of friends or saviours, Toby feels he has reached the limits of misery and humiliation But his father s increasingly frightening behaviour is where the real trouble and risk lies Who is this man What can Toby do Then, in a moment of misplaced gallantry, Toby encounters an unstable francophone mother who disappears and abandons her two year old son, Hugo, to his care Trapped with a toddler and forced to deal with his father s tragedies, Toby emerges from the basement bungalow of his life muddy, broke, bruised, heartbroken but, finally, a man.

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    About “Todd Babiak

    • Todd Babiak

      When I think no one else is around, I conduct pretend orchestras.



    571 thoughts on “Toby: A Man


    • I read this because I heard a very lively interview with the author on CBC Radio, and because the premise of the book sounded interesting and entertaining It s true, there were parts that were amusing, but overall I didn t like it as much as I thought I would The author tackles a topic that is potentially interesting an emotionally stunted late 30s man who is jolted out of his comfortable, self centred, kind of unpleasant existence when he is suddenly saddled with an unavoidable responsibility b [...]


    • Toby grew up in Montreal and now works for a TV station there doing a show on etiquette for the modern man The night before the election, Toby finds his father sitting in his parents driveway in their car, which is on fire Trying to cope with this incident, his father s increasingly strange behaviour, and his own lack of courage in dealing with it, Toby struggles through the night Faced with the added distress of the betrayal of his girlfriend, he undergoes a minor meltdown on live television Th [...]


    • Todd Babiak is one of my favorite contemporary novelists In one sense his novels follow a similar pattern A young man, no longer an adolescent, encounters various challenges in his life Three of those challenges occur in all four novels women, friends and parents Coupled to a breezy and humorous style are geographic settings and time periods that ring absolutely true For me this was most evident in The Garneau Block, andThe Book of Stanley which are set, respectively, in the Garneau neighborhood [...]


    • First I discover a contemporary of Mordecai Richlerw I find a successor This is a novel that combines the heartwarming familiarity of Canadiana with modern suburban fixations, tied together with lashing of black comedy that is occasionally dark enough to blind Dracula himself As an ode to life s complexities and what it means to be mature , this is a wonderful, amusing, heart breaking piece of work.


    • A clean piece of Canadiana, refreshing No real uniqueness except for it s locale It s a very common middle age crunch style of story There is some real life experience that permeates the pages on the part of the author You will empathize with Toby You will feel his ambition and conflict It is if anything an effective novel, but hardly original.


    • A funny book about a thirthy seven year old self made society man who finally grows up and gets what s important in life Babiak has a nice sarcastic way of describing some very funny and sad situations


    • I really enjoyed The Book of Stanley so I was looking forward to reading this one but I was disappointed I just didn t connect with Toby and didn t feel he was genuine I didn t even find it all that interesting until about 2 3 of the way through.




    • Extremely well written Todd Babiak has a talent for making very mundane details and typical routines hilarious and a little absurd.


    • A great read A story of a man who falls from grace but in the process learns what is really important in life Has excellent moments of humour, saddness, heart ache and foolishness.




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