Book Review: Sons and Lovers by D.H.Lawrence


Title: Sons and Lovers

Author: D.H.Lawrence

Pages: 654

Genre: Classic Literature, English Literature, Banned Books


Sons and Lovers is a story of Gertrude who marries a miner, Walter Morel. She stays happy for the first six months of her marriage. Then, she starts discovering the truths about her husband that he’s not financially stable. Soon, the love runs out of the window. Gertrude becomes a nagging wife and Walter ends up as a drunkard who beats and argues with his wife. After, the birth of her sons, her attention moves to them. She loves her sons too much because her marriage is devoid of any love. In a way, she chooses her sons as her lovers in the novel.


This novel is a part of my course. First, I avoided reading it because it’s too difficult to read 400 pages novel when you know that you’re a slow reader. But as soon as I started reading it, I was completely absorbed.

Sons and Lovers mainly focus on the theory of Oedipus complex, introduced by Sigmund Freud. Although D.H.Lawrence had never read Freud work but Oedipus complex became a theme of the novel as a result of his own experience. Lawrence was deeply attached to his mother, just like the main character, Paul Morel. The novel is not an auto-biography but it does have some auto-biographical elements.

The story will show you the story of Mrs. Gertrude Morel’s family.  A family where there is no love between parents and the sons are overtly attached to their mother that they fail to build any relationship with other women in their life.

Who should read it?

 Sons and Lovers is a classic. So if you’re into classic novels then pick this book. I liked this novel because it was so engrossing. People, who are from broken families or have always seen their parents fighting, will be able to relate to this novel. D.H.Lawrence is a brilliant writer and his writing is very easy to understand.



Yes, lately, I’ve been reading very good books.


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