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Lady Chatterley's Lover Paperback – Jan 13 1994
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Perhaps the most famous of Lawrence's novels, the 1928 Lady Chatterley's Lover is no longer distinguished for the once-shockingly explicit treatment of its subject matter--the adulterous affair between a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman and the game keeper who works for the estate owned by her wheelchaired husband. Now that we're used to reading about sex, and seeing it in the movies, it's apparent that the novel is memorable for better reasons: namely, that Lawrence was a masterful and lyrical writer, whose story takes us bodily into the world of its characters.
* This abridgement is masterfully done and Emilia Fox reads even the most shuddering parts with dignity and authenticity. The Observer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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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.
A story of a woman(Lady Chatterly, Connie) who is married to very self involved man that is made more self involved upon his war injuries and her needs for emotional and physical intimacy. With her deep loneliness Connie begins an affair with Mellors the GameKeeper on her husbands estate and struggles with the internal morality of loving someone who is of a lesser class and her real love of him. With Mellors she adores him and needs him away from him she questions herself and feels the shame of her actions.
One of the themes I loved about the book was choice. The ability to make ones own choice and live with the consequences. Through out the book Connie makes choices she is willing to live with and Mellor never forces his will on her. She is the Mistress of her Choices and no one else. I thought it interesting that Lawrence would make her so strong willed on one hand and pschologically lonely on the other.
This book is a psychological journey of one woman and the man she loves more than it is a sexual escapade. I can see how this book was shocking in the late twenties but seems very tame today.
I found this book very sad and wouldn't recommend it to someone on prozac or other anti depressant drugs. I also found the writing very eloquent and filled with lots of quiet observations of relationships between men and women that are true today and in the future.Read more ›
The book does have a few scenes of raw passion and thoughts but Lawrence was merely addressing how people feel in such affairs. He had the courage to put down those emotions into Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper, and also Lady Chatterley herself.
This IS a love story, when you get down to it. From an extra-marital affair there comes love, an awakening of the self (and in Lady Chatterley's case, a child). Apparently, more and more people in today's society are putting their desires first, otherwise, why the high divorce rate? (And the book was given much publicity when it was banned. So much so that this book couldn't land in peoples' hands fast enough. Many "illegal" copies were made and shipped to England and America, becoming an instant classic.)
I give David Herbert Lawrence all the credit in the world to address sex in an age of absolute prudishness. This stands out as a true classic of fine literature.
His book is almost prophetic, in a way. Lady launches the world into the likes of many modern writers (Henry Miller, Hemmingway, me). I'm not saying Hemmingway or Miller couldn't hold their own or write the way they did without Lawrence's influence. But, he did establish a less "popper" feel you get with Austen, the Brontes, Dickens, etc. Lady showed true equality and the absurdity of some traditions of class staus.
The only drawback with this novel, and other of Lawrence's books, is how similar the characters and language is in his books. In certain sections of his book(s) he'll overuse words. For example, in Lady and in The Rainbow, for about 50 pages he'll use "acquiesense" too much.
But never us mind that! His are excellent novels, beautiful, thoughtful, and sympathetic. Read it, you'll like it (unless you hate it).
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Simply outstanding! Very deep and conscientious of the timeless dynamic between man and woman and their relations. Timeless and beautifully concocted. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Chloe Flanagan
I read this book as a twenty year old and enjoyed it more now that I am older.Published 19 months ago by Winifred
I have heard about this book for many years but never read it until it was my bookclub members selection. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2014 by Janet WARD
Difficult to concentrate on, due to headaches and the fact that the narrative wasn't lively enough. Next... (C)Published on Sept. 25 2004 by Ez
Published in 1928, Lady Chatterley's Lover was D. H. Lawrence's last novel--it was also his most daring and blatantly erotic work. Read morePublished on March 21 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
His style in Lady Chatterley's Lover is amateuristic, at best. Admittedly, there are parts were the writing takes off and becomes something sublime. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2003 by Queen Horatius