Sons and Lovers [NOOK Book]

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PAUL would be built like his mother, slightly and rather small. His fair hair went reddish, and then dark brown; his eyes were grey. He was a pale, quiet child, with eyes that seemed to listen, and with a full, dropping underlip.

As a rule he seemed old for his years. He was so conscious of what other people felt, particularly ...
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Overview

An excerpt:
PAUL would be built like his mother, slightly and rather small. His fair hair went reddish, and then dark brown; his eyes were grey. He was a pale, quiet child, with eyes that seemed to listen, and with a full, dropping underlip.

As a rule he seemed old for his years. He was so conscious of what other people felt, particularly his mother. When she fretted he understood, and could have no peace. His soul seemed always attentive to her.

As he grew older he became stronger. William was too far removed from him to accept him as a companion. So the smaller boy belonged at first almost entirely to Annie. She was a tomboy and a "flybie-skybie", as her mother called her. But she was intensely fond of her second brother. So Paul was towed round at the heels of Annie, sharing her game. She raced wildly at lerky with the other young wild-cats of the Bottoms. And always Paul flew beside her, living her share of the game, having as yet no part of his own. He was quiet and not noticeable. But his sister adored him. He always seemed to care for things if she wanted him to.

She had a big doll of which she was fearfully proud, though not so fond. So she laid the doll on the sofa, and covered it with an antimacassar, to sleep. Then she forgot it. Meantime Paul must practise jumping off the sofa arm. So he jumped crash into the face of the hidden doll. Annie rushed up, uttered a loud wail, and sat down to weep a dirge. Paul remained quite still.

"You couldn't tell it was there, mother; you couldn't tell it was there," he repeated over and over. So long as Annie wept for the doll he sat helpless with misery. Her grief wore itself out. She forgave her brother—he was so much upset. But a day or two afterwards she was shocked.

"Let's make a sacrifice of Arabella," he said. "Let's burn her."

She was horrified, yet rather fascinated. She wanted to see what the boy would do. He made an altar of bricks, pulled some of the shavings out of Arabella's body, put the waxen fragments into the hollow face, poured on a little paraffin, and set the whole thing alight. He watched with wicked satisfaction the drops of wax melt off the broken forehead of Arabella, and drop like sweat into the flame. So long as the stupid big doll burned he rejoiced in silence. At the end be poked among the embers with a stick, fished out the arms and legs, all blackened, and smashed them under stones.

"That's the sacrifice of Missis Arabella," he said. "An' I'm glad there's nothing left of her."

Which disturbed Annie inwardly, although she could say nothing. He seemed to hate the doll so intensely, because he had broken it.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014906821
  • Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
  • Publication date: 12/14/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 610,496
  • File size: 460 KB

Meet the Author

David Herbert Richards Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2008

    Enter a world

    This book evokes a complete world as very few others I have read. The main characters are so well written you feel you know them, you sympathize with them, you can see them in your mind. It is also is a very sensual book at times. Lawrence creates sexual tension between the romantic leads, and uses natural settings to heighten those tensions. The book is ultimately about the relationships between the members of a family and their friends, and describes those relationships beautifully, but in the end, to me, sadly.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

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    Read this book!

    I read this book for an APLIT project and overall, I thought the book was very good. It was interesting and not hard to read. Some parts drag on a bit and the characters' love affairs can get a little annoying towards the end of the book because it seems as if they can't make up their mind when it comes to being with someone. None the less, I would highly recommend the novel, and although it might take you a while to read, it's worth it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2013

    Small print, 26 pgs of spoiler you can skip at start

    Wanted to read for awhile now...others in series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Sons and lovers is book that deals with a middle class British f

    Sons and lovers is book that deals with a middle class British family everyone can relate to a character.


    The book deals relationships with family and the main character Paul Morel. The book starts of between how the mother and father and then it talks about the children Paul, William, and his sister. Anyway if you want to read about a british family in the nineteen twenty about their every struggles you should read this book. It will make you laugh, some parts will make you mad especially William and his girlfriend.

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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Terrible editing

    Too many typos.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Slow But Engaging

    It's one of those rare books that hooks you with emotional turmoil but also happens to be deeply tedious and slow. Not to turn anyone off - I'm glad I read it but you must be a patient reader.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    Can be a tiresome book - but to the point of being very interesting!

    It is difficult to describe D.H. Lawrence's second novel in terms of the effect it has upon the reader. While I read it - out of pleasure, not a school assignment 'as it usually is' - I was drawn into the story through frustration. Surely the characters could not be so ignorant of their situation! Surely things must get better! And just when you think things will shift in one direction, they go elsewhere, sucking you in again to see what happens. Mind you, it's not the feeling one may have with a mystery or suspense novel -- no, it is simply a story about human conflict during the turn of the 20th century in rural England. I'm sure my review only perplexes you even more. But, if you enjoy classic literature and human / familial conflict, you should enjoy this story as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2003

    Different

    I purchased this book in Eastwood England as I visited D.H. Lawrence's boyhood home. I found the book to be hard to read at times. Local colloquial language is sometimes used, which while it gives flavor to the book it also makes it necessary to refer to the interpretations in the back of the book. I would love to read D.H. Lwrence A Personal Record by Jessie Chambers. It is a rebuttal to the way she is portrayed in the book Sons and Lovers. I loved the story. Lawrence sometimes gets carried away describing the flowers and the countryside.

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