Sons and Lovers was good for the first half and then. YAWN!!! I drug through this one. Not as bad as a Joyce novel but a snoozer none the less.
I found I was more interested in the supporting characters, the father and sister, who we do not really know other than through the main characters eyes. The father is painted as a horrible drunk yet he stays with his wife and family working in the mines providing as he can. He visits his sick wife in the hospital yet we are supposed to believe he does not care for her. The sister ends up taking care of the sick mother while her brother works and galavants around town. Does she see the strange relationship between mother and son? What makes her so grounded and her brother such a fruit cake?
Let us discuss the main characters, shall we? Paul and his Mother. Can we say unhealthy relationship, boys and girls? I really didn’t care what happened to Paul. I didn’t like him. He was a spoiled, womanizing twit who thought way too highly of himself. I didn’t like his mother. She was a hard woman that wasn’t strong enough to deal with what life dealt her. Instead choosing to live through her son making the best of her own life. I really thought their relationship was over the top. Am I really to believe that Paul was having sex all over town yet adored and ‘loved’ his mother – in a creepy and uncomfortable way? I think Humbert Humbert’s relationship with Lolita was a better written, believeable creepy.
I did find some portions interesting such as the work day being over 12 hours long (pre-unionization, obviously) and that walking was the way of life. No wonder obseity wasn’t a problem back then. A harder yet simpler time.
So there you have it. Sons and Lovers rates up there with Ulysses in my book. An extremely long book about a dysfunctional family.
Up next.. The Grapes of Wrath. So far so good for me. I am enjoying it.
Grab a book, any book and READ!!