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Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence
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Sons and Lovers

by D. H. Lawrence

20 ratings, 7 reviews

This intimate portrait of a coal-miner’s family fastens on each member in turn: Walter Morel, the collier; Gertrude, his wife; and the children: William, Annie, Arthur, and Paul. When Mrs. Morel begins to be estranged from her husband because of his poor financial sense and his drinking habits, she comes to inhabit the lives of her children – most particularly, her sons. She is determined that they will grow to be something more than men that come home blackened with coal dust every day and roaring with drink every night. As each grows up and moves away, she must release him. But Paul, she holds; they have a bond that defies time and the attractions of young women.Lawrence originally intended the book’s title to be “Paul Morel” and it is on this son – and his lovers – that he spends the bulk of his tale. The strong mother can make a success of her son, but if he cannot learn to leave his mother’s apron strings, will he really be a better man than his father?

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20 ratings, 7 reviews
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Tony Shortt

December 15, 2015

If you want doom and depression read this book

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Inga Goldstein

February 02, 2014

Best book ever

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Dan Ashdown

August 11, 2013

Very good book exploring everyday issues of its time however sad. Narrator, excellent, would love to hear more from him, the best.

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Annette Eastwood

December 07, 2012

At long last I have got Sons and Lovers under my belt. I enjoyed the reading once I had decided to forgive the American pronunciation and the attempted dialectic. Overall a good listen thanks

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Sammi Lau

March 10, 2012

Depressing story, but the problems are real which are encountered even now. The reader was wonderful and expressive

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Tanya Avines

October 16, 2011

A depressing lot of people, with absolutely no redeeming qualities whatsoever. The Father is drunk and insults his wife and children. The Sons grow up to have issues with women, and treat their Mother horribly. The one Son, Paul, who one might think will turn out okay, is the worse of them all. There's an incestuous undercurrent between him & his Mother, that made me want to pour boiling hot soap into my ears & brain. When the Mother FINALLY dies, the Father ( who death has been wished for from the first Chapter ), can't be bothered. It's nothing to him. He still goes on being a piece of garbage, just like this ENDLESS, pointless, horrid, depressing, waste of time "story". I pray it were all fiction, if not, Lord have mercy on those poor souls. As for the reader, this was by far, the best reading, he has ever done, sorry to have to give such a valiant effort, a lousy review. So please keep in mind, it was not the reader!!!

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Theresa Richardson

September 28, 2011

A very long story, but engaging. A single reader throughout who is one of the best readers I've heard on this app.