Book Review – D H Lawrence – Sons And Lovers

Photo taken by me – The book’s cover.
Preston, England
May 29, 2017 5:51pm CST
Spoiler alerts – Penguin Classics – 1925 Lawrence’s most autobiographical novel, the sad and moving story of a boy so attached to his ailing mother that he is unable to detach himself from her to establish a relationship with either of two women who he has an opportunity to marry. Paul Morel is the older of two sons of a drunken Derbyshire Miner and a domineering, doting mother. When the younger son dies, Paul is bonded to his mum through grief and caves in to her desire to push him away from following his father down the pits (literally and metaphorically). In many ways, the father is the most interesting figure, frightened by a wife who is smarter than he is, and children who inherit her intellect. His stories of feeling most at peace in the bowels of the Earth and genuine passion for the sense of burial there are remarkable. Paul however, on the brink of deciding between the two girls who compete for his love, (even though one is already in a destructive relationship) decides to reject them both as his ailing Mother dies leaving him and his father facing a bleak uncertain future alone. Beautifully written with totally believable characters – a precurser to the kitchen sink realism of the angry 1960’s – way ahead of its time. Arthur Chappell
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• United States
29 May 17
This sounds an excellent read Arthur. Did it take you very long to read it? I seem to recall one of Lawrence's book a requirement to read when in college, though I cannot remember for sure. I know he is one of the greats.
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• Preston, England
30 May 17
@TiarasOceanView it took me about a month but I had to keep breaking off to do other things too or I would have read it much more quickly - it's about 460 pages
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• United States
30 May 17
@arthurchappell Glad you got finished finally tho Arthur...did you get your laptop yet today?
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• Preston, England
30 May 17
@TiarasOceanView actually got it back Sunday night when one of the centre staff kindly opened the centre up specially to retrieve it for me
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@petertheo (148)
• South Africa
30 May 17
Thanks for this interesting info on DHL. Who wrote Lawrence of Arabia?
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• Preston, England
30 May 17
@petertheo Lawrence Of Arabia was a David Lean movie based on the life of T E Lawrence who wrote his life story as Seven Pillars Of Wisdom
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• South Africa
30 May 17
@arthurchappell Oh yes of course! I saw the movie many years ago.
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@maezee (31963)
• United States
30 May 17
Thanks for the info. I will check this out! Have heard about this author but never read anythimg. Are there any other of his books that you would suggest?
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• Preston, England
30 May 17
@maezee he is one of my favourite writers so just about his complete works - he is most well known for his very explicit, long time banned novel Lady Chatterley's Lover which is great, as is The Rainbow, his poetry, and The Plumed Serpent
@maezee (31963)
• United States
30 May 17
@arthurchappell thank you! I will check them out
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30 May 17
I've not read this, but you make me feel that I should. :)
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• Preston, England
2 Jun 17
@Poppylicious and @HazySue it is well worth a look
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@JohnRoberts (54117)
• Los Angeles, California
29 May 17
This is a classic. Did you see the film adaptation?
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• Preston, England
30 May 17
@JohnRoberts not seen it yet though I have heard good things about it
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@dramagirl26 (3360)
• Ringgold, Virginia
1 Jun 17
Sounds like an intriguing story, I'll have to check it out.
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@HazySue (20773)
• United States
30 May 17
I love D H Lawrence. I haven't read this one but after reading your review I most certainly will. It sounds like an intriguing book, just the type I like.
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@teamfreak16 (40872)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
30 May 17
I've never read this. I'll have to put it on my list.
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@celticeagle (117590)
• Boise, Idaho
30 May 17
That is so sad. Sort of the other end of the spectrum of some romance stories. Sad that it ended this way. He must be a great writer.
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@amadeo (63789)
• United States
29 May 17
I read this years ago.Yes it was written beautifully.
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