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Sons and Lovers
     

Sons and Lovers

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by David Herbert Lawrence
 

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With a new Introduction by Geoff Dyer
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 emo-
tional source of his ideas," observed Diana Trilling. "The famous Lawrence theme of the struggle for sexual power—and he is sure

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With a new Introduction by Geoff Dyer
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 emo-
tional 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 civilized life have their root in this primary contest—is the constantly elaborated statement of the fierce battle which tore Lawrence's family."
        Sons and Lovers is one of the landmark novels of the twentieth century. When it appeared in 1913, it was immediately recognized as the first great modern restatement of the oedipal drama, and it is now widely considered the major work of D. H. Lawrence's early period. This intensely autobiographical novel recounts the story of Paul Morel, a young artist growing to manhood in a British working-class family rife with conflict. The author's vivid evocation of the all-consuming nature of possessive love and sexual attraction makes this one of his most powerful novels.
        For the critic Kate Millett, "Sons and Lovers is a great novel because it has the ring of something written from deeply felt experience. The past remembered, it conveys more of Lawrence's own knowledge of life than anything else he wrote. His other novels appear somehow artificial beside it."

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review
There is probably no phrase much more hackneyed than that of 'human document,' het it is the only one which at all describes this very unusual book. . . . Although this is a novel of over 500 closely printed pages the style is terse -- so terse that at times it produces an effect as of short, sharp hammer strokes. Yet it is flexible, too, as shown by its success in depicting varying shades of mood, in expressing those more intimate emotions which are so very nearly inexpressible. -- Book of the Century; New York Times review, September 1913

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108057097
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/03/2013
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Fiction and Poetry
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.18(d)

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V. S. Pritchett
There is no novel in English literature which comes so close to the skin of life of working-class people, for it records their feelings in their own terms.
Alfred Kazin
No other writer with his imaginative standing has in our time written books that are so open to life.

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Sons and Lovers 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Kat_2010 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Wanted to read for awhile now...others in series
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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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