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A great novel brought to ground.
on 31 December 2008
ASIN:B00007KFNT Sons And Lovers ]]
DH Lawrence spent years trying to stop his early publishers from expergating his novels,and not until recently, when the Cambridge University Press restored all his works to their original composition,have we been able to read his novels with the original intended text
Sons and Lovers had almost 80 passages,a tenth of the book,removed by the original publisher, but at last we can now read the book as intended.
I didn't see this adaptation first time round, but I was given it has a Christmas present by my daughter who knows I am a Lawrence fan.
Well I have to say it has been a very disappointing experience viewing this 2002 ITV production.
This film has simply turned the clock back and spoilt what is probably one of the great novels of the 20th century.
Where is Arthur the 4th child,a more important character in the Morel household than Annie.The relationship between Paul and Mirian was a long, close, friendship which covered many years from adolesence to adulthood,with Paul spending many days at the farm with Miriam and her brothers.The film gives the impression that they didn't meet till much later. Where was the very important holiday Paul took with Dawes and Clara near the end of the book? The sex scenes were base,cold and brutal, whereas Lawrence gave them an almost spiritual experience.
This film had over 3 hours to get the story right and failed miserably. No film can be expected to relate a book fully,but this adaptation left far too many gaps. Sorry.