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.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
A meditation on whether it’s possible to love a parent too much, D.H. Lawrence’s semi-autobiographical novel was published to public outcries of obscenity. The story explores the relationship between a smothering mother and her sons, Paul and William. We got completely wrapped up in Paul’s struggles to find love outside of his mother’s embrace—first with the bookish Miriam, and then with the fiery Clara. We were also blown away by the remarkable sensuality and power of Sons and Lovers, a book that’s often heralded as Lawrence’s masterpiece—which, for the author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover—is no mean feat.