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Deep Psychological Insight,
This review is from: Sons and Lovers (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
This is a great novel, a masterpiece.
It is full of deep psychological insight and it helps if you have a smattering of the ideas of Freud and Jung. With these ideas it's possible to decode just how damaging it is to a child, when the mother switches the love she had for her husband to the son. Add to the already explosive mix a drunken and physically abusive father then there is no escape for Paul (the Lawrence figure in this highly autobiographical story).
After such a brutal upbringing, there is surprisingly, a positive ending, where the young man chooses life over death. His relationships with Miriam and Clara have allowed him some normal development, although, in particular, with Miriam there is much grief as the mother sees her as a rival for Paul's love.
Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the novel with young people, when I taught it at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.
In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (amongst others) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!
People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.
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A Song for Jo