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The Man Who Cried

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Publisher: Corgi
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A delightful adventure

  • Mar 19, 2010
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Abel Mason was essentially a good man, but unlucky in love. He was married and had a son and a mistress in 1931 in England. Abel's wife informs his mistress' husband of the affair and the husband kills the mistress and then himself. Unable to stay another day with the woman who caused the death of his love, Able takes his son, abandons his wife, and heads north looking for work during the depression. His wife reports the desertion to the police and swears that she will get revenge.
After several adventures during his travels, Abel saves an old man who offers him work. The man has a young wife with whom he never had sex. He dies and the wife asks Abel to marry her. He agrees reluctantly to avoid needing to resume traveling and to save his son the toil. Abel falls in love with his wife's sister and has an affair with her.
As one might expect, Abel's wife finds him after nine years of separation, and Abel is tried for abandonment and bigamy. He faces the maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.
The story is well-told and its ending is a surprise.

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