Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

Book - 1913
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A story of maternal love and sexual passion, Sons and Lovers tells of Gertrude Morel, eager to love but swift to realise the mistake she has made in marrying Walter, a miner. As Walter spends more and more time drinking in the pub to avoid fighting with his wife, Gertrude must instead turn her capacity for love onto her sons, William and Paul - but her attentions, rather than encouraging her sons, begin to suffocate them. Only Paul can make the choice- between his own romantic partners, or the obsessive need of his mother.

Sons and Lovers is D. H. Lawrence's searingly autobiographical portrayal of childhood, adolescence and the effects of a dysfunctional family.

Publisher: c1913.
ISBN: 9780141199856
Branch Call Number: FIC Lawre


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Sep 12, 2013

As I was raised not far from Eastwood, I found it exciting. I came to the conclusion that "DH Lawrence", portrayed as "Paul Moral" had a very unhealthy relationship with his possessive Mother. Which prevented him from truly loving any other woman. I deeply sympathized with "Jesse", portrayed as "Miriam". She gave him everything, her heart and soul belonged to him. In return he betrayed her, by leading her on and breaking her heart. Jesse Chambers personal accounts of their relationship is a must, (DH Lawrence, a personal account).

Sep 08, 2010

When I read this book I was at the age when I was dreaming of breaking away from home and living life on my own. I had my first girl friend with which I spent many an afternoon necking in some shady bower. Do I need to say I identified with the central character? My dad was not some grimy coal miner but a white-collar middle executive with the phone company. My mom was hardly an intellectual although she had a cool record album of the soundtrack to “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers”. Aside from that I KNEW my life was just like Paul Morel’s! I ran so quickly through this book I was propelled on through much other work by Lawrence: The Rainbow, Women in Love, Aaron’s Rod, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, short stories, poems etc. until I ground to a halt somewhere in Kangaroo, Etruscan Places, and/or The Plumed Serpent. Shortly after reading Sons and Lovers I learned who Wendy Hiller was and gained a new respect for Trevor Howard.

Feb 24, 2009

Lawrence describes the destructive power of love. Commendable.

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