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Angel, formidable hostess, social charmer, and mother par excellence, confidently awaits the return of her little boy from the trials of war. Tightening the apron strings as she does so, she doesn't anticipate that the teenager who went away will return a grown man -- with a sophisticated American widow on his arm. Nor could she anticipate that her irrepressible daughter w Angel, formidable hostess, social charmer, and mother par excellence, confidently awaits the return of her little boy from the trials of war. Tightening the apron strings as she does so, she doesn't anticipate that the teenager who went away will return a grown man -- with a sophisticated American widow on his arm. Nor could she anticipate that her irrepressible daughter will similarly throw herself into romance. Faced with domestic insurrection on a grand scale, Angel will have to sharpen her wits to maintain her tyranny ...


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Angel, formidable hostess, social charmer, and mother par excellence, confidently awaits the return of her little boy from the trials of war. Tightening the apron strings as she does so, she doesn't anticipate that the teenager who went away will return a grown man -- with a sophisticated American widow on his arm. Nor could she anticipate that her irrepressible daughter w Angel, formidable hostess, social charmer, and mother par excellence, confidently awaits the return of her little boy from the trials of war. Tightening the apron strings as she does so, she doesn't anticipate that the teenager who went away will return a grown man -- with a sophisticated American widow on his arm. Nor could she anticipate that her irrepressible daughter will similarly throw herself into romance. Faced with domestic insurrection on a grand scale, Angel will have to sharpen her wits to maintain her tyranny ...

30 review for Loving Without Tears

  1. 5 out of 5

    Mary Durrant

    Angel the controlling mother of Slaney and Julian. She wants the best for her children and her niece, but now they have grown up they have ideas of their own. Tiddley the niece is a wonderful character who plays the piano which due to hard times Angel wants to sell. The tide turns and Tiddley ends up with the person she truely loves. Angel surprisingly lets them go with the hope of grandchildren. A lovely book that does have a happy ending!

  2. 5 out of 5

    ShellsReads

    Written as MJ Farrell. Hugely enjoyable postwar WW2 comedy of manners, very bright witty and brittle dialogue. Reads very like a play script, very visual and super stagy with the drama taking place largely in one day in the life of Angel in her Irish castle trying and failing to control her adoring children who are all falling in love with unsuitable partners according to Angel. Angel is a marvellous character anything but angelic, in fact quite demonic in her selfishness to control everyone's l Written as MJ Farrell. Hugely enjoyable postwar WW2 comedy of manners, very bright witty and brittle dialogue. Reads very like a play script, very visual and super stagy with the drama taking place largely in one day in the life of Angel in her Irish castle trying and failing to control her adoring children who are all falling in love with unsuitable partners according to Angel. Angel is a marvellous character anything but angelic, in fact quite demonic in her selfishness to control everyone's lives and very much the queen bee and wanting to retain her role centre stage. And though her children ultimately defy her in their love choices their adoration continues, perhaps to be carried down one is left to infer into the next generation. Reminds very much of a Terence Rattigan play with its smart snappy dialogue. Walter the fairy Prince is hilarious with his penchant for cookery and sewing hats - and his near drowning scene where he emerges from the Irish Sea in a thong and hairnet is hilarious. Satire of society and manners at its best. Great turns of phrase, spot on descriptive passages and a tart intelligent dialogue with much left to inference. The story itself though is fairly lightweight very much verging on farce. My first Molly Keane but hope it wont be my last. Charming yet vicious ... what's not to love?

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    An absolute joy to read. Very witty with knife-sharp dialogue and as one reviewer wrote really almost written for theatre or film. The only downside was the relentlessly horrible nature of the mother which even read as comedy was slightly overwhelming at times.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rose Auburn

    I really would like to make this 3.5 stars or 3.75!! The story starts very promisingly, I could not put the first quarter of the novel down but then it's a gets a bit silly and dated in places. There is a twist in the narrative about three-quarters of the way through which I had to re-read a few times as I couldn't believe that such a preposterous development had occurred. It does veer much towards farce at the end. However, the sheer beauty and brilliance of the descriptive imagery for both phy I really would like to make this 3.5 stars or 3.75!! The story starts very promisingly, I could not put the first quarter of the novel down but then it's a gets a bit silly and dated in places. There is a twist in the narrative about three-quarters of the way through which I had to re-read a few times as I couldn't believe that such a preposterous development had occurred. It does veer much towards farce at the end. However, the sheer beauty and brilliance of the descriptive imagery for both physicality and emotions escalates this novel. Some breathtakingly, lovely writing that belonged in a better story. But, I enjoyed it and polished it off in a couple of days.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex Smith

    I have greatly enjoyed Molly Keane's tragi-comic stories of dysfunctional families among the decaying Anglo-Irish gentry. While this novel does not have the same power as "Time After Time" or "Queen Lear" Keane's portrayal of a possessive monster mother and her manipulated household was a pleasure (and Keane's prose style, as when she describes the first meeting between the matriarch and her son's resentful fiancee, has great zest). I have greatly enjoyed Molly Keane's tragi-comic stories of dysfunctional families among the decaying Anglo-Irish gentry. While this novel does not have the same power as "Time After Time" or "Queen Lear" Keane's portrayal of a possessive monster mother and her manipulated household was a pleasure (and Keane's prose style, as when she describes the first meeting between the matriarch and her son's resentful fiancee, has great zest).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gentry

    Is all Molly Keane "spinster lit"? This is more widow lit, really, but the spinster vibes are strong. Is all Molly Keane "spinster lit"? This is more widow lit, really, but the spinster vibes are strong.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Peter

    “’Honey and vitriol, my sweet, that’s you. Oh, you’re just a big lovely ice-cream full of steel shavings.’” Loving without Tears is the portrait of Angel, an Anglo-Irish matriarch who lovingly enfolds her family and holds them close - with jaws that bite and claws that catch. When her son returns after the war, complete with American fiancée, Angel sharpens both tongue and talons to re-attach her baby to her apron strings. Angel is skillfully portrayed with engagingly acidic wit. Since she always “’Honey and vitriol, my sweet, that’s you. Oh, you’re just a big lovely ice-cream full of steel shavings.’” Loving without Tears is the portrait of Angel, an Anglo-Irish matriarch who lovingly enfolds her family and holds them close - with jaws that bite and claws that catch. When her son returns after the war, complete with American fiancée, Angel sharpens both tongue and talons to re-attach her baby to her apron strings. Angel is skillfully portrayed with engagingly acidic wit. Since she always knows what’s best for her family, she dispenses venom benignly as if it were medicine. Her treats are almost as unpleasant. Her family by contrast have such stick-figure roles that it would be more amusing than dramatic if the housekeeper suddenly announced they’d all gone down to the sea and drowned. Given that the book has a staged feel - an Anglo-Irish farce, perhaps - such a turn of events would not seem implausible. To be honest, Loving without Tears doesn’t work all that well as a novel...but it’s still a pleasure to read.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eileen

    More thirties social drama! While Loving Without Tears has one of the most melodramatic and off-putting titles I can think of, it's actually a strong, light, black-humored exploration of a family and their power dynamic. Angel, the mother of two children, is the central pivot of the book. While she is a complete sugar-coated manipulator, she seems not to recognize this at all; she is "doing what is best for her family", and sees nothing else. Meanwhile, her newly adult children and niece, as wel More thirties social drama! While Loving Without Tears has one of the most melodramatic and off-putting titles I can think of, it's actually a strong, light, black-humored exploration of a family and their power dynamic. Angel, the mother of two children, is the central pivot of the book. While she is a complete sugar-coated manipulator, she seems not to recognize this at all; she is "doing what is best for her family", and sees nothing else. Meanwhile, her newly adult children and niece, as well as her long-time estate manager, are all coming to recognize and rebel from her control. While I was pretty happy with this book, there is definitely a slug of melodrama and predictability in the plot. This is especially apparent in the realignment of relationships. Let's just say Noel Coward would be happy with the outcome.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    I really think this could have been a play...it seems so much like a period piece ...the characters enter, say their lines and pause , waiting for the audience's reaction. The mother, Angel, is particularly well developed and as she blunders through, one cringes both for her and for her targets.. recommended! I really think this could have been a play...it seems so much like a period piece ...the characters enter, say their lines and pause , waiting for the audience's reaction. The mother, Angel, is particularly well developed and as she blunders through, one cringes both for her and for her targets.. recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Very much of its time (just after WWII) but very enjoyable. Very theatrical - the action takes place over just a couple of days and builds to a dramatic denouement.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Margo

    Classic marriage plots in the drawing room novel. It is a great read!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Matt

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fran

  14. 4 out of 5

    Summer Gotschall

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

  16. 5 out of 5

    Elana Crane

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Van Veen

  18. 5 out of 5

    Francis

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mrs G E Wise

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brian Brennan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Susan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ali

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caryn

  24. 4 out of 5

    James

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amy

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lou

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

  28. 4 out of 5

    emel ibrahim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Laura

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jude

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