Sons and Lovers

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Born within walking distance of ten Nottinghamshire pits, David Herbert Lawrence (1885–1930) was painfully aware that his frail physique and quiet character were ill suited to the mining industry upon which his community depended. The difficulties of his youth are manifest in Sons and Lovers, his first major novel and an insider's portrayal of the culture of the collieries. Writing to a friend, Lawrence explained the seed of his plot: 'a woman of character and refinement goes into the lower class, and has no ...

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Born within walking distance of ten Nottinghamshire pits, David Herbert Lawrence (1885–1930) was painfully aware that his frail physique and quiet character were ill suited to the mining industry upon which his community depended. The difficulties of his youth are manifest in Sons and Lovers, his first major novel and an insider's portrayal of the culture of the collieries. Writing to a friend, Lawrence explained the seed of his plot: 'a woman of character and refinement goes into the lower class, and has no satisfaction in her own life'. Stemming from this are the intricate difficulties in the relationships of Paul Morel, the second son of this unhappy mother, torn between her overpowering influence and two vastly different women – the quiet, old-fashioned Miriam and the modern divorcee Clara. Although initially deemed indecent and rejected for publication, Sons and Lovers appeared for the first time in 1913.

Drawing on both the physical setting and emotional atmosphere of his own childhood, Lawrence's evocation of a working-class life and of family conflicts is a literary masterpiece rich in insights into its author.

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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
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The story of a young man, raised by a weak, alcoholic father & a strong, loving mother, who finds himself, in his search for a soul mate, torn between two very different women. A brilliant, painstaking character study with strong autobiographical overtones.
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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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Table of Contents

1. The early married life of the Morels; 2. The birth of Paul, and another battle; 3. The casting off of Morel - the taking on of William; 4. The young life of Paul; 5. Paul launches into life; 6. Death in the family; 7. Lad-and-girl love; 8. Strife in love; 9. Defeat of Miriam; 10. Clara; 11. The test on Miriam; 12. Passion; 13. Baxter Dawes; 14. The release; 15. Derelict.

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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.

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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.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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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