Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

Book - 2003
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The 1913 novel was partly autobiographical and was set in the coal mining village of Bestwood. The parents of the central character, Paul, are Mr and Mrs Morel who are a vigorous and heavy-drinking miner and a well-educated, pretty intellectual respectively. We learn of Paul's successful brother and sister, William and Annie, but are soon drawn into Paul's world. He is still in his teens but works in a factory producing surgical appliances but becomes sick and spends his time with Miriam Leivers who he falls in love with. Their love is made difficult by Miriam's intense and religious nature and the fondness Paul's mother has for him that is protective to the point of dependence. As Paul reaches his early twenties he becomes passionate and makes love to Miriam but this ecstasy spells the end for their relationship. The latter stages of the novel concern Paul's next passion - Mrs Clara Dawes - and her vengeful husband. In the end, with Mrs Morel's slow death, we find that the closest and most meaningful bond is held between mother and son. The novel is notable for being the first English novel to be genuinely working-class in origin and focus.
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, [2003]
ISBN: 9781593080136
1593080131
Branch Call Number: FIC LAWRE
Additional Contributors: Blake, Victoria

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B0ann13
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).

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stuvw27
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.

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mariaf
Feb 24, 2009

Lawrence describes the destructive power of love. Commendable.

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