Sons and Lovers by D. H. Lawrence is another novel on the Top 150 list. Published over a hundred years ago, it’s central theme is Oedipal complexes.
The main characters are two sons being raised in their parents’ meager homes in coal mining towns in England. Their father loves his liquor and their dissatisfied mother lavishes her love on her sons.
Yes, this story contained a bit too much in the sexual realm for its day and approximately ten percent of the original story was poorly cut before it went to press. It wasn’t well received by the public either. Although I did not enjoy the autobiographical story, it does have its merit. I say this because Lawrence clearly understood and was able to convey the emotional struggles faced by two brothers whose relationships with their mother adversely affected nearly every aspect of their relationships with other women and the world in general. I imagine Freud would have loved it!
I do not recommend it because I failed to appreciate it on any level than that of a tedious study in psychology.