Friday, March 16, 2007
22. "Sons and Lovers" ~ D.H. Lawrence
This is the "best" of Lawrence's books, according to many bibliomaniacs, though I preferred Lady Chatterly's Lover.
The Morel family consists of a miner father (Lawrence's father was a miner), three sons - one of whom works as a clerk and is sickly (Lawrence worked as a clerk and had pneumonia repeatedly), and a doting, jealous mother. Need I fill in the blank for Lawrence's relationship with his?
This is the stuff of Freudian dreams. Lay upon the sofa and tell me about your mother. If interpreted this way, Lawrence really needed to cut the apron strings a lot sooner. Or, well, mothers really are the centers of their sons' universes.
Paul, the clerk, wants to form a deep relationship with Miriam, but his love for his mother, as well as her deep control over his emotions, creates mental havoc. Basically, this is Oedipal complexes at their most vivid.
Other than the siblings, this is purely autobiographical. His other books explore power in sexuality. I'm sure you could read about how mothers and sons introduce the first struggle, but, as the mother of boys, I'm a bit grossed out, in all honesty. Perhaps if I wait ten years I will read this differently.
1.5 out of 5.0 Dirty Mother-In-Laws.
Banned book: Hello? Sexual innuendos of an incestual bend.