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Lter Morel has become a battleground Repelled by her uneducated and sometimes violent husband delicate Gertrude devotes her life to her children especially to her sons William and Paul determined they will not follow their father into working down the coal mines But conflict. Being Smothered by Controlling Mother Domineering Mommy Coal Mining Son You made me cry you told me liesBut I can t stand to say goodbyeMama I m comin homeOzzy Osbourne Mama I m Coming Home 1991DH Lawrence one of my personal favorites seems to have told a tale no truer than his largely autobiographical Sons and Lovers While all the primary characters have some major defect of character I felt the most pity for the protagonist Paul Morel a real mama s boy and Miriam his childhood semi sweetheart Mama Morel didn t as much dislike Miriam as she did the idea that she would lose control over Paul you love me so much you want to put me in your pocket And there I will die smothered DH Lawrence Sons and LoversTo me Sons and Lovers is the best literary illustration of the devastating impact a parent here a mother can have on a child and hisher descendants even from the grave I deem it a tragedy when I see a self centered parent apparently because heshe is so frustrated with hisher own life controlling and repeatedly interfering with and thereby ravaging the child s life by among other things stealing loves constraining career and corrupting the conditions conducive to joy in life45 stars

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Is evitable when Paul seeks to escape his mother's suffocating grasp through relationships with women his own age Set in Lawrence's native Nottinghamshire Sons and Lovers is a highly autobiographical and compelling portrayal of childhood adolescence and the clash of generatio. The novel is largely autobiographical and reflects Lawrence s life at Eastwood Nottinghamshire before he left home

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She was a brazen hussyShe wasn't And she was pretty wasn't sheI didn't look And tell your girls my son that when they're running after you they're not to come and ask your mother for you tell them that brazen baggages you meet at dancing classesThe marriage of Gertrude and Wa. The storyline is in the name Sons and Lovers but what you don t expect are the subtleties of the Oedipus complex or Freudian allegory It was a surprisingly sensational read for me especially since earlier this year I gave myself a classics challenge to read and re read a few classics just for the sake of it erase the disdain of forced readings in high school college and grad school read just for how it makes me feel not because everyone else is doing it Sons and Lovers ends my personal challenge the twentieth read and most likely the last classic I read in 2013 The best one I ve read all year Here we have the Morel family There is the miner who falls in love with the sophisticated woman and lies to her about his financial situation They move to the Nottingham coalfields get married and have children three boys one girl The marriage is dreadful dad is a drunk and abuser Now fast forward to William the oldest son who moves to London to live the cultured life There he falls in love with a shallow girl who treats his working class family like servants So starts the stories of the sons and their lovers William Paul and Arthur sons who all lead complicated love lives Victoria Blake wrote this in her introduction Though often these passages are annoyingly indistinct and for all their spiritual beauty difficult to get through the reader remembers the sense of them years later They stick to you like pollen on a cheek a sense of mystery a sense of the wonderful and the unknown It is this sense frustratingly unnameble that was Lawrence s genius and his legacy to letters The book has less to do with lovers to do with love or the lack thereof Or the expression of love Most of the book centers around Paul Morel the lover the fool the man with a strange love for his mother the artist His antagonizing relationship with his best friend Miriam the woman who loves him wholeheartedly but whom he can t seem to love His tumultuous relationship with the married Claire His ambivalent relationship with his father His struggle with self love And then there is the mother And I shall never meet the right woman while you live Paul tells his motherWhen Lawrence blurbed his book in 1912 this is how he described the sons and their relationship with their motherBut as her sons grow up she selects them as lovers first the eldest then the second These sons are urged into life by their reciprocal love of their motherbut when they come to manhood they can t love because their mother is the strongest power in their livesNow now don t get all sueamish for it is not that kind of read There are subtleties though a bedtime stroke of the eyebrows there too long a hair rub here mouth on throatyou know those kinds of seemingly inappropriate gestures Lawrence is elegant in his descriptions part show part tell Though as Blake mentions there are times certain parts of the narrative are so subtle they seem elusive Yet there are no complexities here Just simple elegant proffering even at this moment in the book where things stood still for me as he foreshadowed death two people who knew that one of them was dying But he was white to the lips and their eyes as they looked at each other understood Her eyes were blue such a wonderful forget me not blue He felt as if only they had been of a different color he could have borne it better His heart seemed to be ripping slowly in his breast He kneeled there holding her hand and neither said anything Paul s relationship with Miriam was the page turner for me She wanted a partner he felt stifled You love me so much you want to put me in your pocket And I should die there smothered Oh the unreuited love always making for a good story Not surprisingly the fictional relationship was said to be based off a true one with Lawrence and his long time friend Jessie Chambers who even acted as an agent for him at one point sending off his work to be published when he had given up She too loved him and was stunned when he sent her the manuscript to this book She read the book and they never spoke again He went on to have a long term tumultuous relationship How s that for fiction Now I really can t wait to read her biography D H Lawrence A Personal Record The storytelling is swift yet very intimate partly because of the omniscient narrator that Lawrence pulls off so seamlessly at just the right moments you know what everyone is thinking Perhaps one of my favorite parts about the book is the riffing on language the dialect in dialogue to produce sensational conversations where each character really stands out because as Virginia Woolf said about him DH Lawrence was original There were the words and phrases of a certain time and place that really intrigued me a mardy baby instead of a spoiled baby you pair of gabeys instead of you pair of fools what a bobby dazzler Now I can truly understand the fuss about the Lawrencian language that language of elusion symbolism and mysticism The inconspicuous rearranging of words and sentence structuring here and there Me like


10 thoughts on “Sons and Lovers

  1. says:

    Rating 0125 of fiveBkC51 SONS AND LOVERS by DH Lawrence The worst most horrendously offensively overrated piece

  2. says:

    I started the year transfixed by the visceral floral and fiery passion of Lawrence's The Rainbow my review HERE Its rich

  3. says:

    The storyline is in the name Sons and Lovers but what you don't expect are the subtleties of the Oedipus complex or Freudian allegory It was a surprisingly sensational read for me especially since earlier this year I gave myself a classics challenge to read and re read a few classics just for the sake of it; erase the disdain of forced readin

  4. says:

    Generally considered Lawrence's masterpiece it is ranked 9th on the Modern Library 100 best books of the 20th century The story of Paul Morel and his brothers and the influence of the women in their lives especially of their mother I think the age old theme of men trying to find a wife or lover in the metaphorical image of their mother is present in all of Lawrence's novels but so in Son and Lover's than any other It is beautifully writte

  5. says:

    How do you leave a mother who associates her life’s meaning and fulfillment to you and your achievements withou

  6. says:

    Being Smothered by Controlling Mother Domineering Mommy Coal Mining Son You made me cry you told me liesBut I can't stand to say goodbyeMama I'm comin' homeOzzy Osbourne Mama I'm Coming Home 1991DH Lawrence one of my personal favorites seems to have told a tale no truer than his largely autobiographical Sons and Lovers While all the

  7. says:

    The novel is largely autobiographical and reflects Lawrence's life at Eastwood Nottinghamshire before he left home

  8. says:

    'Sons and Lovers' is an excellent book on several fronts It is a story of a young man who is a budding writer One sees the poet in him He is sensitive forlorn and deeply contemplative He possesses all the mythic features we often assign to ar

  9. says:

    There has been a robbery A theft on a grand scale Cleansed of the detritus of a self a presence an ability to act on desire he waits

  10. says:

    I read books for pleasure I enjoy learning something new and thinking about human relationships Real human relationships not those of the fantastical sort I want to have something to ponder In addition I want writi