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Lady Chatterley's Lover [Paperback]

D. H. Lawrence
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Jan. 13 1994 0802133347 978-0802133342 Reprint
Lyric and sensual, D.H. Lawrence's last novel is one of the major works of fiction of the twentieth century. Filled with scenes of intimate beauty, explores the emotions of a lonely woman trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for the robust gamekeeper of her husband's estate. The most controversial of Lawrence's books, "Lady Chatterly's Lover" joyously affirms the author's vision of individual regeneration through sexual love. The book's power, complexity, and psychological intricacy make this a completely original work - a triumph of passion, an erotic celebration of life.

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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.


"Nobody concerned with the novel in our century can afford not to read it." —Lawrence Durrell

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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Philosophical Novel June 4 2004
By -_Tim_-
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars most people misunderstand this book Dec 12 2003
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Why does everybody think this book is about sex and adultry? Probably because it was banned, being a bit ahead of its time. In reality, this book is a lovely, wonderful metaphor for the arrival of the era of mechanization and the industrial revolution, as set against the "England of the Greenwood" (E. M. Forster). Lawrence appears to have had a fascination for this theme, as it occurs in some of his other novels as well. Far from being shunned as inappropriate for young adult readers, Lady Chatterly's Lover ought to be taught, at least at the college level, because it's a marvelous novel and should be appreciated as much, much more than a simple "dirty book."
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At the near mention of this book to a mass of people brings forth sexual notions of what people associate this work of literature and most are wrong. I found this book to be filled with intense emotional loneliness and sadness not the sexual adventure most associat with this final work of DH Lawrence.
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.
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D.H. Lawrence touched raw nerves when this was published because it vividly addressed and described what the upper classes have been doing for ages: Having extra-marital affairs with members of their own class and those of the "lower" classes.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hint of great books to come May 23 2003
D.H. Lawrence's most contraversial and classic book, an essential for anyone remotely interested in D.H. Lawrence and modern literature. It is, really, one of the first modern/contemporary novels, (along with Dostoevsky and Somerset Maughaum)although it still has a Victorian feel to it.
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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3.0 out of 5 stars porn classic
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 more
Published on March 21 2004 by I ain't no porn writer
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious
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 more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by Queen Horatius
1.0 out of 5 stars greatest pseudo-literature
d.h. lawrence sure is good at inflating banalities, the whole book is a mere concatenation of pseudo-intellectual, relentlessly boring blabber, some plot interspersed. Read more
Published on Sept. 12 2003 by Iris_Neva
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