As Paul grew up, his mother remained the one constant, a true friend that he dearly loved and doted on whenever the opportunity arose. Then, Miriam entered the picture. Miriam was at first shy, but something about Paul slowly worked through that wall, and she found herself falling in love with him. Paul's mother sensed the young girl's feelings and set about trying to place a wedge between them.
I found Sons and Lovers to be an interesting read. The further I read, the more intrigued I was with Paul's attitude concerning Miriam and, later, toward another woman vying for his attention, Clara who is separated from her husband. Paul wanted to fall in love, but his own emotions get in the way. When he wasn't with either of them, his thoughts were of nothing but them, how much he wanted to spend time with them, but the moment he finally had the time, he suddenly turned bitter, his dislike barely hidden beneath his smiling face. To me this came across as a young man confused about his own sexuality. He should like Miriam and Clara, wanting to marry one or the other, but something inside himself won't allow him to follow through. I never sensed that he was comparing them to his mother, but the confusing thoughts, the slipping back and forth between joy and anger -- as a gay man, I interpreted those as signs that he was struggling with desires that he wanted to stifle. Maybe there's more to the story that isn't being said outright.
A very interesting read, and I would love to hear what others have to say about it.
Sons and Lovers
by D.H. Lawrence
trade paperback, 511 pgs.