Lady Chatterly's Lover is a philosophical novel that asks questions about values and what makes a good life. In it, D. H. Lawrence considers the intellectual life and finds it arid and unreal. (Here, there is an extended, unflattering discussion of the self-promotion that a successful writer must engage in.) He then considers the effect of technology on modern life and finds that it has diminished our human qualities. Finally, he advocates a return to a simpler life where people will meet their deeper needs rather than seeking the superficial things that money can buy. The author thinks that sex has to play a pretty central role in a complete life, and he's probably right about that, but he has some very specific ideas about sex that sound odd to us now.
The author also looks deeply into the dynamics of relationships between men and women and explores what we are like, why we have trouble understanding one another, and how men and women can complement one another.
Finally, there is a fair amount of racy language and action that, of course, earned this book its notoriety.
I enjoyed this book a great deal and I think that the author's critique of modern ethics deserves some attention. It is a mistake to dismiss this book because of its overtly sexual themes.