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    D. H. Lawrence(Author)

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This semi-autobiographical novel explores the emotional conflicts through the protagonist, Paul Morel, and the suffocating relationships with a demanding mother and two very different lovers. It is a pre-Freudian exploration of love and possessiveness.

The Modern Library of the World's Best BooksNo other writer with his imaginative standing has in our time written books that are so open to life. Alfred KazinThere is no novel in english literature which comes so close to the skin of life of working class people, for it records their feelings in their own terms. --V. S. Pritchett Lawrence's first major novel was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives. Their second son, Paul, craves the warmth of family and community, but knows that he must sacrifice everything in the struggle for independence if he is not to repeat his parents' failure. Lawrence's powerful description of Paul's single-minded efforts to define himself sexually and emotionally through relationships with two women - the innocent, old-fashioned Miriam Leivers and the experienced, provocatively modern Clara Dawes - makes this a novel as much for the beginning of the twenty-first century as it was for the beginning of the twentieth.

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  • PDF | 400 pages
  • D. H. Lawrence(Author)
  • Wordsworth Editions Ltd; Reprint edition (August 5, 1997)
  • English
  • 7
  • Literature & Fiction

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  • By Kristi Richardson on September 7, 2016

    “You're always begging things to love you," he said, "as if you were a beggar for love. Even the flowers, you have to fawn on them--”I believe this is my first full reading of a DH Lawrence novel. I think when I was younger I read all the “good parts” in Lady Chatterley’s Lover, but not the full book. This story is about Paul Morel and his absolute love for his mother and his hatred of his father. Does this remind you of anything? Yes, it is all about the Oedipus complex.Paul is a sensitive young man whose father is a miner and a bit of a brute around his mother. Many times in his youth, he witnesses ferocious drunken fights with his mother the victim. He vows to grow up to protect her and take care of her for the rest of her life.Paul has two women that mean something special to him Miriam and Clare. Neither of them can get past the love he has for his mother. His mother will always be first in his life even after she dies. She once tells Paul, “I was never really a wife, and you know how it was.” I found that a very chilling and too intimate thing to tell a young man. No wonder he could not find love elsewhere.This is a beautifully written story but also extremely sad and disturbing. I liked Paul; I liked all of the characters in this book, even his father and mother. They were very believable human beings.

  • By sagitaur on May 2, 2017

    Written in 1913 and often regarded as Lawrence's best work, the novel is based on Lawrence's own life. Paul Morel is the son of a rough miner in Nottinghamshire who develops into an artist. His mother grows to despise her husband and turns her affection to her son William and after his death at a young age to Paul. The novel relates Paul's development, his failed loves and his relationship with his cloying mother. Regarded by some as obscene at the time of publication, it now stands a pre WWI English classi .

  • By Joseph C. Aiello, Jr. on July 18, 2017

    Not as good as either Lawrence's Women in Love or Lady Chatterley's Lover, Sons and Lovers is a rather odd story that leaves you asking if the hero is a miscreant, a mother lover, or just an over-age, helpless toddler. That aside, the book's biggest problem is that Lawrence didn't seem to learn that he didn't have to tell the story on a practically day-by-day basis at the beginning of the book, if he was later going to tell it on a first weekly basis, then monthly, then just bordering yearly basis. I got the distinct impression that his publisher must have put him on a minimum word count basis, because so much of it seems to duplicate itself, as if Lawrence was counting the words until he'd met his targeted quota then abruptly ended it.

  • By Schuyler T Wallace on February 1, 2013

    We have, before us, a delicate subject; the male desire to obsessively love his mother coupled with intense hatred of his father. D.H. Lawrence admitted to being troubled by such feelings and expressed them in his third novel, "Sons and Lovers." Critics have named it to the top 100 best books of all time. First published in 1913 and originally carrying the title "Paul Morel," Lawrence wrote about a dysfunction that Sigmund Freud explored about the same time that became known as the Oedipus complex, so named for the Greek legend of King Oedipus. There's much more to it, of course, but basically "Sons and Lovers" is a sanitized version of Freud's later lengthy discourse.There's no doubt that Lawrence suffered from such feelings, and his rambling autobiographical novel takes the reader into the deep feelings and troubled musings of Paul Morel, Morel's relationships with his mother and two lovers, hatred for his father, and the subsequent unhappy entry into a lonely life. The feelings are intense, the cogitation never ending, and the entire story is circuitous and based on decisions that sometimes seem poorly implemented.There is no question that Lawrence embodies the classical writer with exceptional language skills and a talent for the portrayal of realistic scenes. One should read this novel, if for nothing else, to revel in the descriptions of the beautiful countryside, the inclement weather, and the community found in rural England's coal country. The passages describing the flora and fauna are mesmerizing in their detail and his descriptions of family life conjure up the simplicity of cooking, eating, and socializing that characterized subsistence during this time in history.The plot is easy to follow but difficult to relate to. A young man is torn between the obsessive love of his mother, the platonic friendship with a neighboring farm girl, and a passionate physical affair with a married woman, all the while harboring extreme hatred for his father. Lawrence captures that simple idea through a multitude of mind-numbing explorations of unfulfilled love, so much so that I found myself becoming impatient with the indecision and shouting, "Get on with it."I recommend this book for those with the patience to wade through intense personal relationships, the ability to interpret thick symbolism, and the patience to unravel convoluted streams of consciousness. I would not recommend it to those who want fast action, graphic sexual encounters, or captivating mystery.Schuyler T WallaceAuthor of TIN LIZARD TALES

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