The Man Who Cried by Catherine CooksonRobert Downey Jr. Sign in. Watch now. On the eve of World War I, Agnes Conway manages both the business and the problems of her troubled family. She finds the strength to break class barriers and help her sister Jessie marry a
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There are men who can at times be stirred by the power and conflict of their own emotions to the point of shedding tears. Such a man was Abel Mason. Unhappily married to the shrewish Lena, he sought release in a love affair that all too soon ended in brutal tragedy. Abel left home, taking with him his young son, Dick, and together they tramped their way to the North where his roots lay. It was a hard and sometimes traumatic journey, and at its end there seemed to open up whole new vistas of life and experience. But the legacy of the past remained, and the burden of its secrets would continue to play a major part in shaping Abel's destiny and Dick's character alike.
Thank you! Prolific, popular Cookson at her best leagues above the relentless winsomeness of the Mary Ann series --with wall-bending family fracases in the gritty idiom of working-class Newcastle, a story that sweeps on like wildfire gossip. This is the Depression odyssey of Abel, trapped in a loveless marriage with one of Cookson's vintage viragos: savage Lena, who is not only indirectly responsible for the death of the woman Abel really loved gentle Alice but has also rendered their son Dick partially deaf by fetching blows on his seven-year-old head. Abel finally has had enough, and after Alice's funeral--when Dick sees his father cry for the first time--the two start the long journey north to find work in hard times and a new life. Along the way, decent yet virile Abel evades the dangerous clutches of a love-sick widow and a madwoman, and he and Dick finally find haven with Hilda, the soon-widowed platonic wife of an old codger. Abel compassionately marries widow Hilda who is distressed by passion , but he is really in love with Hilda's sister, lusty but nice Florrie, who will bear his child. A good man wrapped 'round by wicked, heart-of-gold, and just plain mixed-up women--and as in all the best of soaps, you'll find your resistance fatally lowered after a chapter or two.
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