With great sensitivity and perception, Lawrence draws on his own experience and explores the close emotional ties that were to dominate so much of his life.
The Morel family, the counterpart of his own, live on the Nottingham coalfield. Mrs Morel is disillusioned with her husband, a coarse-grained and hard-drinking miner, and centres all her expectations on her sons, especially Paul.
As Paul Morel grows older, tensions develop in this relationship; and his passions for two other women become involved in a fatal conflict of love and possessiveness.
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