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Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
By: (1885-1930)

I recently finished reading a powerful and emotional novel by D. H. Lawrence, which explores the complexities of family relationships and the struggles of growing up in a working-class mining community. The story follows the life of protagonist Paul Morel, a young man torn between his love for his mother and his desire for independence.

Lawrence's writing is beautifully descriptive, capturing the harshness of the mining town and the inner turmoil of Paul as he navigates his feelings towards his overbearing mother and his romantic relationships. The author's exploration of love, desire, and family dynamics is gripping and thought-provoking, leaving the reader immersed in the characters' lives and their struggles.

The novel delves deep into the psychological complexities of its characters, portraying their inner conflicts and desires with raw honesty. The relationships between the characters are fraught with tension and longing, creating a sense of unease and emotional turmoil that keeps the reader engaged throughout.

Overall, Sons and Lovers is a poignant and insightful exploration of love, family, and personal growth. Lawrence's vivid prose and compelling characters make this novel a timeless classic that will resonate with readers long after they have finished it. Highly recommend it to anyone interested in exploring the intricacies of human relationships and the difficulties of self-discovery.

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This intimate portrait of a coal-miner’s family fastens on each member in turn: Walter Morel, the collier; Gertrude, his wife; and the children: William, Annie, Arthur, and Paul. When Mrs. Morel begins to be estranged from her husband because of his poor financial sense and his drinking habits, she comes to inhabit the lives of her children – most particularly, her sons. She is determined that they will grow to be something more than men that come home blackened with coal dust every day and roaring with drink every night. As each grows up and moves away, she must release him. But Paul, she holds; they have a bond that defies time and the attractions of young women.

Lawrence originally intended the book’s title to be “Paul Morel” and it is on this son – and his lovers – that he spends the bulk of his tale. The strong mother can make a success of her son, but if he cannot learn to leave his mother’s apron strings, will he really be a better man than his father?

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - September 17, 2014
Beautifully read by Mark Smith.

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