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3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  35,788 Ratings  ·  1,389 Reviews
"She was a brazen hussy."

"She wasn't. And she was pretty, wasn't she?"

"I 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 classes"

The marriage of Gertrude and Walter Morel has become a battleground. Repelled by her uneducated and sometimes
Paperback, 654 pages
Published August 17th 1999 by Modern Library Classics (first published 1913)
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Richard Derus
Jun 05, 2013 Richard Derus rated it did not like it
Rating: 0.125* of five

BkC51) SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence: The worst, most horrendously offensively overrated piece of crap I've read in my life.

Yeup. Since I'm in a real bitch-slappin' mood, here goes.

The Book Report: Sensitive, aesthetic nebbish gets born to rough miner and his neurasthenic dishcloth of a wife. She falls in love with her progeny and tries to Save Him From Being Like His Father, which clearly is a fate worse than death. So, lady, if you didn't like the guy, why didn't you j
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 pers ...more
Jr Bacdayan
Jan 07, 2015 Jr Bacdayan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you leave a mother who associates her life’s meaning and fulfillment to you and your achievements, without breaking her heart? How do you surrender all your passion to a lover while leaving some for the woman who gave birth to you, reared you, and loved you? Should a man give greater love to his mother or his lover? How do you achieve balance between the women in your life? D.H. Lawrence’s semi-autobiographical novel Sons and Lovers displays the pendulum of a young man’s love swinging to- ...more
Jun 29, 2008 Cyril rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I attempted to read this book twice years ago. I failed to finish each time, finding the novel laborious. Now, married and with children, I have read through this book eagerly. It is perhaps a half-lifetime of experience that has allowed me to see this story in a different light. The examination of Paul Morel's emotionally incestuous relationship with his mother and the way it cripples his love for other women is insightful. My Barnes and Nobles version of this book (I put this review under this ...more
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 writing that describes places, people and situations well.

I learned nothing new from this book.

The human relationships as described herein are not true to life. Maybe members of the Bloomsbury Group, of which D. H. Lawrence was one, did in fact communicated with each other with extre
Oct 21, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-classics
I had no idea what to expect of Sons and Lovers as I went in. I had no idea what the book is about, presumably multiple sons and more than one lovers are involved. With the public domain books just knowing that it is a classic is usually enough. I also had no expectation of D.H. Lawrence, I knew he is the author of Lady Chatterley's Lover, which I have a vague impression of being some kind of Edwardian porn (though it probably isn't). Diving in with no expectation is often fun and rewarding.

Jul 28, 2013 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“I have been reading ‘Sons and Lovers’ and feel ready to die. If Lawrence had been killed after writing that book he’d still be England’s greatest novelist.”
- Philip Larkin in a letter to a friend, aged nineteen.

It’s late, and I haven’t written any reviews for this site up until now, but here goes nothing. Considering the relatively abysmal ratings that Lawrence’s novels seem to have here, I figured I should at least add my two cents and say a couple things about what I feel is one of the better
May 20, 2009 Kacie rated it really liked it
Warning: the book deals with sex. If you're sensitive to that, don't read the book or my review.

I loved this book. It reminded me again of my love for classic English literature. I love the realism in it. "Sons and Lovers" is essentially about relationships. I thought it was going to focus on the relationships of the mother in the book because the first part deals with her marriage and the stages it goes through. It describes the disintegration of love and what it's like to be a woman and have
Being Smothered by Controlling Mother
Domineering Mommy's Endless Rearing

"You made me cry, you told me lies
But I can't stand to say goodbye.
Mama I'm comin' home.
Ozzy Osbourne, Mama, I'm Coming Home, 1991.

D.H. 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 childhoo
Rakhi Dalal
Sep 10, 2012 Rakhi Dalal rated it liked it
Son - I want to review this book Mater.

Mother – Do you really now?

Son – Yes mother.

Mother – I would not advise you to do so.

Son – Why mother?

Mother – Because it will ask too much from you (READ - What about me then? There won’t be anything left for me of you.)

Son – You are being ridiculous mother. I wish to do it because I feel this is right.

Mother – Then do as you deem appropriate. I shall say no more.

Son - I will mother. You can’t hold me now.

So I finally decided to review this book. A midst v
Jul 29, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sons and Lovers is a wonderful novel on the complex nature of love in its many forms. We follow the lives of the Morel family who live in a coal mining community in Nottinghamshire at the turn of the twentieth century.

Walter and Gertrude's marriage has problems and Gertrude concentrates her love and hopes on her sons. She becomes a dominating force to them and the life choices they make. The sons suffer with obsession, frustration and indecision about the women in their lives.

Through childhood,
Aug 18, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing
Of all the major writers in the canon, DH Lawrence is the horniest. Lots of people write about sex, but Lawrence writes exclusively about it, entirely about it. He's consumed by sex. Sex motivates everything that happens in his world. It can draw people together like in Lady Chatterley's Lover, or drive people apart. (Its energy in Sons and Lovers is not super positive.)

He thinks there's real communication to be had about what sex is like and why. He wants to talk about how sometimes it's not a
Dec 06, 2009 Cristin rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
This marks my first experience of D.H. Lawrence, apart from practically memorizing a famous, passionate excerpt from “The Rainbow,” read during a great episode of Northern Exposure (one of the greatest television shows of all time, in my humble opinion)…that excerpt may have generated some preconceived notions regarding the content of Sons and Lovers…in some ways, my predictions were correct…in others, wholly unmet and practically unfounded.

Sons and Lovers is the story of one family, the Morels,
Mar 16, 2010 Alexander rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There has never been a book that made me want to inflict physical pain upon a character -- until Sons & Lovers that is...

The really devious thing about this dreadful book is that the Sons half, the first half, isn't all that bad. Lawrence spends an immense amount of time on what one supposes to be the backstory for the Lovers section. One learns of Paul's youth and temperment, Paul's mother, Paul's parents relationship and his brothers' exploits. It is time consuming and not always entertain
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 more so in Son and Lover's than any other. It is beautifully written and the characters are well developed and ver ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Gearóid rated it it was amazing
Really brilliant book!
From the minute i started reading i was totally absorbed.
I didnt know what to expect when i started reading this
but it was just go engrossing and the writing so lovely
it just carried me along through this story.
The whole setting in the mining community was so vividly
described and the characters really felt like i knew them.

Really connected with the dad as he was working in the mines
and had such a hard life but i think loved his family anyway.

Miriam was a little gem...i woul
Oct 07, 2015 Hugo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Inglaterra, princípios do século XX. No centro de todas as decisões e acções de Paul, o protagonista, está Gertrude, a sua mãe, e é ela que domina todas as cenas. A escrita de Lawrence é brilhante, realismo vincado e pude notar também laivos de feminismo. O título do livro era inicialmente 'Paul Morel', o autor optou por "Sons and Lovers" e, de facto, a quantidade (excessiva!) de páginas dedicadas a Paul e aos seus interesses amorosos dão razão à escolha tomada. Um pouco mais de Gertrude, das me ...more
Jun 15, 2008 Rick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: arty people who might better identify with sensitive, moody Paul
Recommended to Rick by: found it on amazon as a suggestion for people interested in soci
It was mostly a bore. Some of the events had me interested, but overall i just kept waiting to be really moved and wasn't. I liked the descriptions of Paul in his discussions with Miriam about their relationship when they were getting close to "breaking off."

I kept wishing I could identify more with Paul. I read an interpretation that said the drive and ambition Mrs. Morel had driven into Paul to help him rise above his roots eventually hindered his ability to accept any woman as good enough fo
Celeste Corrêa
Filhos e Amantes de D.H. Lawrence
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Re-read September 2015

I first read this book around twenty years ago. Wow. I suddenly feel old having written that. But despite that passage of time, the emotions I felt when I read the book have stayed with me. In particular, the loathing I had for Paul Morel as a character; closely followed by Gertrude as runner-up.

Being older (sob) and wiser, my emotions are a little more refined following this re-read. I still loathe Paul. He is selfish, self-absorbed and treats Miriam and Clara - particular
Jan 15, 2009 James rated it really liked it
D. H. Lawrence is one of those novelists like Dostoevsky who seem to work and rework some of the same themes into his novels. Lawrence's autobiographical novel, Sons and Lovers, initially elicited a lukewarm critical reception, along with allegations of obscenity. However, it established some of Lawrence's favorite themes and it is today regarded as a masterpiece of modernism.
Lawrence began working on the novel in the period of his mother's illness, and the autobiographical aspects of the novel
Apr 12, 2008 Ian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fiction
The thing about this book is I thought it was a story about incest. So, as I was reading it, I was waiting for the fateful scene where the son and his mother eventually have sex, which they don't, although they go on dates, caress each other, etc. I think the most provocative moment was where the son lays with his lips on her neck, tenderly feeling her pulse. Pretty provocative, I just wish I hadn't been misinformed, it would have saved me a lot of confusion. That having been said, this book is ...more
I wanted to read this book for months, and now that I've finished it I can say that it was a terrible disappointment. The main character Paul treats the women in his life like absolute crap, and it's hard to care about a Mama's boy who can barely make decisions for himself. The mother in the book is a bitter, complaining shrew, and regardless of the first part of the book which explains why she's so protective of her son, you still want to slap her one. There are some good passages, but overall ...more
May 22, 2015 Sanchi rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone looking for a good read
Recommended to Sanchi by: my school's librarian
This is an amazing piece of literature, and a must read for people who're into classics. The story is slow paced, but somehow its not boring. I read the book a couple of years ago, so I couldn't recall the exact events taking place, but I can say that I enjoyed when I read it.
♪ Kim
Sep 08, 2015 ♪ Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
Need to gather my thoughts on this one.
Aug 01, 2015 Leonie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I formed a negative opinion of Lawrence from Lady Chatterley's Lover and The Virgin and the Gypsy but I really liked this, though I can see Lawrence is the same writer in all of them. It's more down to earth or something, less trying to sell me something, which meant that I enjoyed the writing more. Part of what I liked about it is that it hasn't got a lot of plot, and I've seen several people commenting that, like me, they liked the first section best, which has the least plot of all and is abo ...more
Momina Masood
Jun 24, 2007 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: own
"To him now, life seemed a shadow, a day a white shadow; night, and death, and stillness, and inaction, this seemed like being. To be alive, to be urgent and insistent--That was not-to-be. The highest of all was to melt out into the darkness and sway there, identified with the great Being."

"Where was he?--one tiny upright speck of flesh, less than an ear of wheat lost in the field. He could not bear it. On every side the immense dark silence seemed pressing him, so tiny a spark, into extinction,
Jul 25, 2014 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Generally regarded as semi-autobiographical, this is a very brave and evocative portrayal of working-class life in a Nottinghamshire mining community in the very early part of the twentieth century. You feel the characters' claustrophobia, and however much you may dislike them, sense that they are trapped in their lives by both their actions and their aspirations. The story line is engrossing and shocking for its time, both in its accurate portrayal of the imprisonment and desperation of individ ...more
Leonard Houx
May 12, 2008 Leonard Houx rated it really liked it
William: How do you like Lawrence? I wasn't impressed. I came away thinking his rep rests on sensationalism.
Me: meh. the book seems to be about emotions, relationships: stuff i don't give a shit about.
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel ...more
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