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Lict is evitable when Paul seeks to escape his mother's suffocating grasp through relationships with women his own age Set in Lawrence's native Nottinghamshire Sons and Lovers is a highly autobiographical and compelling portrayal of childhood adolescence and the clash of generations There has been a robbery A theft on a grand scale Cleansed of the detritus of a self a presence an ability to act on desire he waits to be alit uponThe fretwork strums a baroue dirge as an accompaniment to realizations of the smallness of any life upon the vastness of the universe and its grand seduction of infinite stars the largeness of the interiority of ones passions and the labyrinth they must circumvent Their interactions and the labyrinthine yearnings of others result in collisions sparking a cannibalism of blood spotted gore within their circumvented livesLawrence writes this in the style of his time a third person narrator who does not hesitate to drift from points of views occasionally to the detriment of the narrative s pace He dilutes the meaning of characters gestures and movements by explanation and confirmation There is a doubt within him the reader will get what is expressed This leaves less room for the reader to enter into the story but room for the reader to be filled up by the characters The author The duty of the author to fill the reader up The year is 1913 Readership was less sophisticated then Yet I can but imagine how scandalous the contents of this story burned within its package of seeded tropes Generations tumble through decades Psychologically steeped in acute vision he understands the psychoanalytic Oedipal situation bordering on the incestuous Sex whispers through the sentences His autobiography finding its form of fictionPaul finds himself strewn upon the rough edged rocks of a family living within a small English coal mining town Gertrude his sensitive mother married to a crude miner has attached herself to her son s Paul especially after her eldest has died uietly she mines an attachment to Paul that may also make up the lack of nourishment gained from her marriage He a budding artist with little recognition from an often sodden father who is neither a role model or a mirrored reflection back for Paul to see who he is who he might be as a man He needs much from others as he grows but is frightened to ask or seek Attracted to a woman he hesitates falters swings back and forth between betrayal of his mother and a withdrawal removed in layered shades from life around him from any circumference of a globe he may safely enter Left in a removed isolation alone but only occasionally lonely This is a space leased to him fitted to his contoursI hear somewhere deep within my inner ear an echo of Lawrence s voice asking in an English accent to stop here He warns that if I go on to describe the others their relationships the sucking ooze of life I will be betraying him by stereotyping his finely wrought complex characters so completely themselves He is right Words will dampen their vitality confining them to less than they areIn the end this bold book crashing through time illuminating its elastic taunts and tumbles uestions the minute and the vast while spinning its compelling tale

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Trude and Walter Morel has become a battleground Repelled by her uneducated and sometimes violent husband delicate Gertrude devotes her life to her children especially to her sons William and Paul determined they will not follow their father into working down the coal mines But conf How do you leave a mother who associates her life s meaning and fulfillment to you and your achievements without breaking her heart How do you surrender all your passion to a lover while leaving some for the woman who gave birth to you reared you and loved you Should a man give greater love to his mother or his lover How do you achieve balance between the women in your life DH Lawrence s semi autobiographical novel Sons and Lovers displays the pendulum of a young man s love swinging to and fro from his deep bond with his mother to his passionate relationships with his lovers It is a fragile pendulum that slowly cracks and inevitably breaks And in the same way she waited for him In him was established her life now After all the life beyond offered very little to Mrs Morel She saw that our chance for doing is here and doing counted with her Paul was going to prove that she had been right he was going to make a man whom nothing should shift off his feet he was going to alter the face of the earth in some way which mattered Wherever he went she felt her soul went with him Whatever he did she felt her soul stood by him ready as it were to hand him his tools She could not bear it when he was with Miriam She would fight to keep Paul It is often said that young men unconsciously look for the ualities of their mother in a spouse I do not know whether or not this is true but if it is this primal instinct is the definitive sign of the maternal clutch that holds us so that a man never truly leaves his mother that a wife is in a way only her substitute Much in the same light that a woman would look for ualities of her father in a partner this shows the strong influence of the family unit in our romantic compass At the same time it can also be seen as a deeply embedded desire for harmony between the abandoned family and the newly established one But these are all just conjectures It is often the case that a man would leave his mother for his wife and forget about her altogether Mothers are often relegated into a secondary role often only visited during holidays usually abandoned at elder s homes But then isn t that the way it is But should that be how they are treated when their love for you is much than a lover can ever give you How do you satisfy both women s need for your love And if you do satisfy them what then is left for youThe novel starts with a wife and a husband Gertrude Morel the wife the mother I believe is one of the greatest female figures in literature Her fortitude despite a slovenly drunken husband and her defiance towards him is an impressive feat in itself Her unfailing love and devotion to her children makes her a champion greater than any female lover character Granted there may be flaws in her character yet her wisdom her strength and her abiding maternal love makes these flaws insignificant The story starts off with the difficulties and relationships of the family then morphs into focus the second son Paul and his relationship with his mother and later on his lovers It scrutinizes how he traverses the tightrope between his love for the woman who brought her into this world and the women who make his world go round A significant highlight of the novel aside from the mother son relationship is the conflict in Paul s heart between Miriam and Clara These two women give face to the different sides of loving Miriam a friend since childhood embodies the deep love that pierces the soul and being They understand each other perfectly soulmates as they call it She loves Paul to the very core yet no passion arises in her She considers love making as something she must endure because she loves him herself a sacrifice Clara on the other hand is the very flame of passion A beautiful older woman her affair with Paul is one of desire and physicality Her love is that of a wild carnal storm that reduces both into total abandonment Yet they are two very different beings only united by an animal need and nothing deep takes hold They give Paul two different things but none of them ever truly takes his heart But no mother I even love Clara and I did Miriam but to give myself to them in marriage I couldn t I couldn t belong to them They seem to want me and I can t ever give it them You haven t met the right woman And I never shall meet the right woman while you live he said Ever since he was born Paul has always had this deep awareness of his mortality a melancholy attitude that was drawn to the surreptitious darkness around He was always keenly aware of their poor standing in life His empathy for his mother s suffering when he was young might have been the driving force of his intense love for her And as a young man he developed an existential crisis that made him unable to really love another woman It was as if his deep love for his mother exhausted all his reserve and made him empty His life was grounded on his mother as she had grounded her life on him So when the inevitable happened he was shattered Now she was gone and forever behind him was the gap in life the tear in the veil through which his life seemed to drift slowly as if he were drawn to death Therein lies the danger of such an intense proportion of love He gave away all pouring between his mother and his lovers that none was left for him His melancholy character enabled him to empty himself to abandon his preservation He forgot that before one can be a son or a lover one should be a man Before one can be a daughter or a partner one should be a woman As such one should always remember that you must also hold enough love for yourself to rationally love another Otherwise the love consumes and is foolish he was in such a mess because his own hold on life was so unsure because nobody held him feeling unsubstantial shadowy as if he didn t count for much in this concrete world Not much than a big white pebble on the beach not much than a clot of foam being blown and rolled over in the sand In Sons and Lovers a young heartbroken DH Lawrence throws a pebble into the sea not to see it hit the water but only to feel the freedom of its release He doesn t aim to shed light in the darkness but rather only to defy it His fists were shut his mouth set fast He would not take that direction to the darkness to follow her This novel is the nostalgic lamentation of an empty young man abandoned by love and numb to it a young man who feels loss in every sense of the word blindly going forward Go forward

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She was a brazen hussyShe wasn't And she was pretty wasn't sheI didn't look And tell your girls my son that when they're running after you they're not to come and ask your mother for you tell them Sons and ePUB #192 that brazen baggages you meet at dancing classesThe marriage of Ger I started the year transfixed by the visceral floral and fiery passion of Lawrence s The Rainbow my review HERE Its rich earth ripened buds of promise into irresistible blooms of vibrant delicacy But reading this at the end of the year I felt like I d been dragged through barren mud Perhaps that s fitting for the story of a miner s family There is lyrical imagery and caressive talk see uotes below but far too much plodding Janet and John prose and characters who infuriated me My 3 rating is generousOn the Psychiatrist s CouchThe plot is straightforward and heavily autobiographical Gertrude marries beneath herself to Walter Morel a miner It uickly becomes an unhappy marriage he drinks and loses money but several children are born and she strives to raise them up rather than merely raise them Once they are grown and the eldest son William is out of the picture the story is mainly about Paul and specifically how he is torn between love for his mother and for two women mind versus body religious poetry loving Miriam Leivers and suffragist Clara Dawes who is estranged from her husband Baxter Mrs Morel likes one and dislikes the otherI have no expertise in psychiatry but almost everyone in this story needs help Paul most of all It became increasingly frustrating to read Confusion of love and hate love for a parent or child versus love for a partner love versus duty and the difference between platonic friendship chaste intimacy and sensual sexual love All are exacerbated by endless indecision and in many cases by obliviousness to the feelings of others Conversely but perhaps plausibly confirmed enemies Paul and Baxter had a peculiar feeling of intimacy and were oddly drawn to each otherMy friend Apatt pointed out in his review that there is to Walter Morel than just being drunk and abusing his wife and kids yet I initially forgot to mention that in mine Walter s portrayal is nicely nuanced though not in initial drafts DHL changed it to be fairer to his father The finished version is credible and makes the story balanced But he s as easily left out of a reader s mind as his children sAn agonising death drawn out in painful detail over many months is all the acute and momentous because of the conflicted and unbalanced relationships of those affectedThe Oedipal overtones become uncomfortably strong and freuent Paul is a shy and delicate child and mother and son are very close sharing almost everything about their lives As he hones his art all his work was hers That s fine ButWhen she takes him to his first job interview in the city they were feeling the excitement of lovers having an adventure together He forswears all women to be with his mother sort of and on another jaunt he buys and pins flowers on her clothes because I want people to think we re awful swells and justifies his extravagance because I m a fellow taking his girl for an outing There many occasions where the way he touches his mother s hair and face and kisses her goodnight are unsettling tooMore generally I came to wonder if hate meant something different and weaker to Lawrence Every couple relationship here without exception has love or mere attraction permanently tainted with hate Not hate after the love has gone but allegedly co existing with it Even when the hate is temporarily subdued attraction is strongest when rebuffed I know that people get angry and love can be messy and conflicted but constant hate is not a feature of love I have known or want to know For one day he had loved her utterly But it never came again That s not love either though there are flowers that live bloom and die in a single day but not native to NottinghamshireFlowers and Fruit Trying to sooth herself with the scent of flowers and the fading beautiful evening The sky overhead throbbed and pulsed with light The earth and the hedges smoked dusk Flowers are a regular feature but not so laden with sexual allegory as in The Rainbow Troubled people turn to flowers gardens and woods for solace in the vast mysterious beauty of nature tender touch fervid kisses and subtle smellsThis was first published in 1913 but I did wonder if Lawrence was referencing the symbolism of Victorian Flower Language especially in a passage with repeated and specific mention of chrysanthemums seen out of a window in a bowl on the table then walking among them choosing favourites They were associated with platonic friendship and lost love They also bloom in autumn or early winter thanks Alfred late bloomers like Paul and to a lesser extent Miriam No such glossary is needed when a person with forget me not blue eyes who is nearing death watches the tangled sunflowers dying each dayAnd yet when Paul teaches Miriam algebra and she gives him an apple there s little of Eve until later when uestioning her feelings for him she fears there was a serpent in her Eden because of the disgrace and shame of wanting him However on another occasion there is a great crop of cherries at a potentially pertinent timeClara thinks differently about many things She uestions the ethics of picking wild flowers even when plentiful I don t want corpses of flowers about me watching them die Miriam counters I think if you treat them with reverence you don t do them any harm It is the spirit you pluck them in that matters Therein lies the difference between the friends except that on other occasions when Miriam is not present Clara lets Paul pin scarlet carnations and unspecified berries to her clothesNature and Landscape uotesHidden for brevity no plot spoilers view spoiler She and her child melted in the mixing pot of moonlight The night was very large and very strange stretching its hoary distances infinitely Chrysanthemums in a cemetery frilled themselves in the warmth Trees in whose branches a twilight was tangled below the bright sky of afternoon Paul paints trees and leaves Not the stiffness of the shape That seems dead to me Only this shimmeriness is the real living The shape is a dead crust The shimmer is inside really The surface of a reservoir tossing its sunshine like petals lightly in its lap The river slid by in a body utterly silent and swift intertwining among itself like some subtle complex creature The stars shuddered and broke upon the water The hillside was all rife with sunshine It was wild and tussocky given over to rabbits The hills were blazed over with red sunset Mrs Morel watched the sun sink from the glistening sky leaving a soft flower blue overhead while the western space went red as if all the fire had swum down there It was one of those still moments when the small frets vanish and the beauty of things stands out At sunset watching the gold clouds fall to pieces and go in immense rose coloured ruin towards the darkness Gold flamed to scarlet like pain in its intense brightness Then the scarlet sank to rose and rose to crimson and uickly the passion went out of the sky Watching the gold clouds fall to pieces and go in immense rose coloured ruin towards the darkness Gold flamed to scarlet like pain in its intense brightness and uickly the passion went out of the sky The long waste of foreshore lay moaning under the dawn and the sea Over the gloomy sea the sky grew red uickly the fire spread among the clouds and scattered them In a golden glitter the sun came up dribbling fierily over the waves in little splashes as if someone had gone along and the light had spilled from her pail as she walked The dichotomous tension between natural wonders and industrial power From the train he used to watch the lights of the town sprinkled thick on the hills fusing together in a blaze in the valleys There was a patch of lights at Bulwell like myriad petals shaken to the ground from the shed stars and beyond was the red glare of the furnaces playing like hot breath on the clouds hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Sons and Lovers

  1. says:

    Rating 0125 of fiveBkC51 SONS AND LOVERS by DH Lawrence The worst most horrendously offensively overrated piece of crap I've read in my lifeYeup Since I'm in a real bitch slappin' mood here goesThe Book Report Sensitive aesthetic nebbish gets born to rough miner and his neurasthenic dishcloth of a wife She fall

  2. says:

    I started the year transfixed by the visceral floral and fiery passion of Lawrence's The Rainbow my review HERE Its rich earth ripened buds of p

  3. says:

    The storyline is in the name Sons and Lovers but what you don't expect are the subtleties of the Oedipus complex or Freudi

  4. says:

    Generally considered Lawrence's masterpiece it is ranked 9th on the Modern Library 100 best books of the 20th century The story of Paul Morel a

  5. says:

    How do you leave a mother who associates her life’s meaning and fulfillment to you and your achievements without breaking her heart How do you surrender all your passion to a lover while leaving some for the woman who gave birth to you reared you and loved you Should a man give greater love to his mother or his lover How do you achieve balance between the women in your life DH Lawrence’s semi autobiographical novel

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    Being Smothered by Controlling Mother Domineering Mommy Coal Mining Son You made me cry you told me liesBut I can't stand to say goodbyeMama I'm comin' homeOzzy Osbourne Mama I'm Coming Home 1991DH Lawrence one of my personal favorites seems to have told a tale no truer than his largely autobiographical Sons and Lovers While all the primary characters have some major defect of character I felt the most pity for the prot

  7. says:

    The novel is largely autobiographical and reflects Lawrence's life at Eastwood Nottinghamshire before he left home

  8. says:

    'Sons and Lovers' is an excellent book on several fronts It is a story of a young man who is a budding writer One sees the poet in him He is sensitive forlorn and deeply contemplative He possesses all the mythic features we often assign to artists We see him discussing books with his girlfriend his delight at getting published and e

  9. says:

    There has been a robbery A theft on a grand scale Cleansed of the detritus of a self a presence an ability to act on desire he waits

  10. says:

    I read books for pleasure I enjoy learning something new and thinking about human relationships Real human relationships not those of the fantastical sort I want to have something to ponder In addition I want writing that describes places people and situations well I learned nothing new from this book The human relationships as described herein are not true to life Maybe members of the Bloomsbury Group of which D H La

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