Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

Book - 1985
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Since its publication in 1913, D. H. Lawrence's powerful and passionate third novel stands as one of the greatest autobiographical novels of the twentieth century. Here is the story of artist Paul Morel as a young man, his powerful relationship with his possessive mother, his passionate love affair with Miriam Leivers, his intense liaison with married Clara Dawes. Here, too, England's Derbyshire springs to life with both is sooty mining villages and deep green pastures, a setting as full of contrasts as the deep emotions that rule this remarkable book.

Sons and Lovers is rich with universal truths about relationships; moreover, it brims with what Alfred Kazin has called Lawrence's "magic sympathy, between himself and life." Continues Mr. Kazin: "No other writer of his imaginative standing has in our time written books that are so open to life...Since for Lawrence the great subject of literature was not the writer's own consciousness but consciousness between people, the living felt relationship between them, it was his very concern to represent the 'shimmer' of life, the 'wholeness'...that made possible his brilliance as a novelist."

With an Introduction by John Gross
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 1985, c1913
ISBN: 9780553211924
0553211927
Branch Call Number: FIC/LAW

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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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