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Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence
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Apr 12, 08

bookshelves: fiction, own

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 really good. You could also title it "How Messed-Up People Fuck", because the characters are so tortured and spend so much time torturing each other. This makes the book eminently interesting, because the contradicting emotions continually flowing through their minds are expertly and fearlessly represented. Sometimes, it gets wordy. At 650 pages, I could have done with one or two fewer descriptions of a field of coal mines.
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