Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

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Lawrence's first major novel was also the first in the English language to explore ordinary working-class life from the inside. No writer before or since has written so well about the intimacies enforced by a tightly knit mining community and by a family where feelings are never hidden for long. When the marriage between Walter Morel and his sensitive, high-minded wife begins to break down, the bitterness of their frustration seeps into their children's lives. Their second son, Paul, craves the warmth of family and community, but knows that he must sacrifice everything in the struggle for independence if he is not to repeat his parents' failure. Lawrence's powerful description of Paul's single-minded efforts to define himself sexually and emotionally through relationships with two women -- the innocent, old-fashioned Miriam Leivers and the experienced, provocatively modern Clara Dawes -- makes this a novel as much for the beginning of the twenty-first century as it was for the beginning of the more

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  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 129.5 x 197.1 x 21.8mm | 353.33g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • 0140188320
  • 9780140188325

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Now, with the cuts of more than ten per cent to the 1913 text fully reinstated, this edition restores not just the sexually explicit passages that were too frank for their time, but also the original structure. With the 'new' passages about Paul Morel's family, we can see more clearly Lawrence's parallel between 'Sons' and 'Lovers' in the title. And, still, no one has written about young love more truthfully. Beryl Bainbridge adds: The book that made me want to be a novelist. Though my father never sat in a tub in front of the fire, I thought of him as Mr Morel. I re-read it only last year and found it equally satisfying. Lawrence never did anything better than this evocation of his childhood and the landscape which nurtured him. (Kirkus UK)show more

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