Sons and Lovers (Centennial Edition)
Commentary by Anthony Burgess, Jessie Chambers, Frieda Lawrence, V.S. Pritchett, Kate Millett, and Alfred Kazin
Of all Lawrence's work, Sons and Lovers tells us most about the emotional source of his ideas," observed Diana Trilling. "The famous Lawrence theme of the struggle for sexual power--and he is sure that all the struggles of civi...more
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...more
The above song means a lot to me. Sure, I know that some people will say it is cheesy, and they may be right, but I can’t help it, it makes me blub. Experiencing some art is like looking in a mirror, according to a popular cliché. Ah, if so, then some mirrors throw such a harsh glare that looking in them is a mite painful. So, how do you review a book that felt like a re-telling of part of your life? The answer is that you can’t, or you certainly can't cri...more
Lawrence began working on the novel in the period of his mother's illness, and the autobiographical aspects of the novel...more
"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,...more
Thankfully I didn't and was significantly moved by all the characters that played a part in shaping the novel.
I was particularly interested in the duality of love between Paul and his mother. That the love that existed between the two of them bordered on hatred and agony in their dependence for one another. The shows of self sacrifice...more
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...more
Gertrude Morel despises her collier husband, a rough man who turned out to be not quite what she believed she was marrying. In spite of this, they shared enough tender moments to...more
Sons and Lovers is the story of one family, the Morels,...more
Quite simply, this is a gorgeous book, and I'm more than a little ashamed that it's taken me this long to get around to reading it. Although, honestly, I never really bought into all the oedipal stuff, which seems to be the aspect of the book for which it is most revered.
It's a simple story, really, of a woman, her son, and the two women he pursues and rejects (often simultaneously), but it's the characters, rather than the plot (of which there isn't much), that are truly compelling. I foun...more
That said, there are passages of incredible sensuality and beauty (and insight) in Sons and Lovers. I think Lawrence is at his best when the narrator withdraws and...more
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I am a practitioner of science and rationalism, a believer in democracy and the equality of the sexes, so my decision to take Russell's side in the philosophical war that he brewed up between himself and Lawrence was a no-brainer.
It is hard for me to speak out in praise of Lawrence when he wrote so much sexist tripe---for example, the passage in Lady Chatterley'...more
A vida de D.H. Lawrence dava ela própria um romance digno da sua autoria. Bastante controverso, Lawrence, que casa com a mulher de um seu antigo professor e depois foge com ela para a Alemanha onde ela era natural, constrói uma obra cons...more
March 5, 2006
Well, I guess my first excursion into D.H. Lawrence land went all right. Like so many other of these books and authors, when I told people that I was reading D. H. Lawrence, they rolled their eyes and said “Oh, good luck”.
I didn’t find Mr. Lawrence’s work (at least this one) particularly hard to read, other than it being moderately boring. I did like his writing style. I must admit I’m a bit of a sucker for turn of the century, boring, stuffy...more
Otherwise, I appreciated the narrative and the plot though I take umbrage with a few elements. Firstly, I feel Miriam having sex with Paul is completely out of character, regardless of how much she wanted to 'possess' him. Being a religious fanatic and living completely in the spiritual realm would have further inhibited her from doing so. Surely marriage would...more
Well, I'm really not sure why it was on the list of 100 best. I mean, I gave it four stars so I enjoyed it... but it was kind of slow and cerebral, like savoring a complex food. Maybe dark chocolate. The young will find it bitter, the layers of meaning are subtle and easy to miss, and when it's over, you're not sure if it was really good...more
In Sons and Lovers, his masterpiece of naturalism, Lawrence wrestled with a serious and intimate emotional problem – his relationship with his mother.
The Morel family, the counterpart of his own, live on the Nottingham cornfield. Mrs Morel is disillusioned with her husband, a coarse-grained and hard-drinking miner, and centres all her expectations on her sons, especially Paul. As Paul Morel grows older, tensions develop in this relationships: and his passions for two other women become inv...more
I got pulled into the story much more quickly th...more
Sons and Lovers is the story of Walter and Gertrude Morel, a Midlands coal miner and his wife, concentrating on their relationship with their four children, especially the artistic Paul. As he grows up, Paul yearns to be free -- and yet is emotionally dependent on...more