Friday, July 7, 2006

Sons and Lovers

We always tend to wonder what harm could come out of love.. liking someone is a positive feeling and nothing harmful could ever come out of it.. well, atleast i looked at it like that until i read Sons and Lovers by D.H.Lawrence... In desperate need of a change from contemporary literature, i sought refuge in a classic and i wasn't dissapointed.
I picked up the book not knowing anything about it.. the title and brief descriptions from here and there gave me an impression that this was a light comical kinda book.. i couldnt have been more wrong..
there is a strong undercurrent of discomfort throughout the book.. a stiff suffocating feeling.. and you soon realise that it is brought about by love.. never having really looked beyond the positive side of maternal love, this book was a total eye-opener.. the perfect description of the possessive mother's feelings towards her son and the woman he seems to be in love with brings to light the reason behind out typical "saas-bahu" fights (mother-in-law, daughter-in-law fights)..

Somehow, many parts of the novel reminded me of india.. the story could have very well been taken in a rather poor home in a village in india and the setting would have been perfect.. right from neighbourly gossips to all the relationships and under-currents..

i wouldnt call the book disturbing.. there is a negative trend throughout the novel but it doesnt really get to you.. the whole story has been narrated in such a way that feel the novel without actually feeling it.. i guess thats the most arbit explanation but i cant find better words to say it.. i never thought i'd feel soo strongly about a book if i dont totally get immersed in the story but again i guess i was wrong!

sons and lovers has been quite a novel literary experience..:) a welcome respite..:)


ashwin said...

good blog..try to get your hands on maximum city by suketu is really good...

Ramya said...

@ashwin - shall do..shall add maximum city to my to-read list!:)

P's B said...

The sheer enormity of the book has me finding pretty unique excuses to put the start of the book off by another day....for the past 3 months. I'm going to take the plunge tonight. Hopefully by the end of the book, I'll be young enough to remember to come back here and let you know what I thought of it...not that it should matter to you too much.