Read by Simon Vance.
Sons and Lovers, D. H. 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, knows that he
must 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 twentieth.
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