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5.0 out of 5 stars modern western lit at its best!!!!, 29 Dec. 2011
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This review is from: Sons and Lovers (Kindle Edition)
This book kept me sane on my morning London tube commute for a few months. The poetic beautiful prose contrasted starkly with the stinking human cattle.

At at least 5 points throughout this book I was almost reduced to tears such was the emotional depths touched by Lawrence.

Any heterosexual vaguely healthy western man who had or has a mother will enjoy and cherish this book. Younger men in particular will identify with the main character Paul, who takes up most of the second half of this book. The book is essentially about the fundamental relationship between western man and women, set in the modern era. The post-modern appreciation, being a sicker period, will perhaps mean a reduction in appreciation. Today many families in the decaying west feature only 1 parent. The relationship between the mother and father, although abusive in a modern fashion here, is probably alien to a vast class of western youth who have no father figure whatsoever. However, it is unlikely such degenerates would ever pick up the book or any book for that matter.

From a radical conservative perspective the book gives no credence to concepts of oppression for the working class. In fact, the working class man is portrayed as being in control of this destiny as evinced by Paul himself. Superiority in this book is shown to be not distinguished by class but blood, something Lawrence believed in as I do. Paul is no working class slave and toward the end there is mention of lowly servants in the Morell household.

I noticed from other peoples reviews that apparently much of the sexually explicit descriptions were edited out due to the sensibilities of the time. One could tell these were missing as though half a narrative left out, half an operatic climax removed. Lawrence clearly is building up to these climax scenes between fresh manly and female youth. Any red blooded male would appreciate all these descriptions of building up and feelings toward women. Perhaps they are fresher as a young man but I doubt they diminish that much with age.

As other have mentioned, the Freudian side of analysis is available if you wish. Also the Jungian view. Doubtless there are whole books analyzing this book from those perspectives. The last couple of chapters give a raw description of grief evoked depression.

My last comment is that I wish I were given this book to read as a 16ryr old GCSE student instead of being force fed a crude left wing liberal anti-racism yarn called `To Kill a mokingbird'. This book is healthy modern western literature at its best.
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