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In Lady Chatterley's Lover, Lawrence comes full circle to argue once again for individual regeneration, which can be found only through the relationship between man and woman (and, he asserts sometimes, man and man). Love and personal relationships are the threads that bind this novel together. Lawrence explores a wide range of different types of relationships. The reader sees the brutal, bullying relationship between Mellors and his wife Bertha, who punishes him by preventing his pleasure. There is Tommy Dukes, who has no relationship because he cannot find a woman whom he respects intellectually and at the same time finds desirable. There is also the perverse, maternal relationship that ultimately develops between Clifford and Mrs. Bolton after Connie has left.

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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.

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  • Lady Chatterley's Lover.
    Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence. Published by MobileReference (mobi)

    Dealing with themes of love, passion, respect, honor, and the need for understanding, Lady Chatterley's Lover is a complex, character-driven novel which celebrates the driving passions that can make life worth living. ...more info
  • Lady Chatterly
    Lady Chatterly's Lover was not the perverted, illiterate story I was lead to believe it was. It was a story of classes and self realization. It was thoughtfully written, though it did drag in many parts. Yes, there are many sexual liasons in the story, but I think the author's intent was to make them part of the natural flow of the story instead of a suggestion. In saying that, it was quite evident the love scenes were written by a man. Mostly very mechanical in description and very cut and dry. A female author would have elongated the love scenes and added a bit more detail. Although the focus of the book has always been the sex scenhes, there is more substance to it than that
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  • Not shocking anymore, but dang good

    A 'Novel' Guest Review By Leigh Wood

    After one too many viewing's of the 1992 BBC production of Lady Chatterley, I finally broke down and read the book. I thought the 1928 unedited version of Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence would be a tough book to find. Expensive, rare, old leather, smelly, buried in an antiquarian store-that type of book. Indeed I was very pleased to find the 1928 Unexpurgated Oriali Edition in paperback at my local Borders. $4.95!

    I wrapped Mists of Avalon as quickly as possible and avoided watching the film before I plunged into Lover. I read other writers' criticisms on D.H. Lawrence and his works before purchasing the book, and I knew the book and movie didn't have the same ending. Of course, I also knew the book's controversial reputation and supposedly salacious use of naughty words and torrid sex talk. My edition opened with forwards and introductions detailing the book's tough road to publication and the aftermath of censorship. Although this story is fairly well known in literary circles, this introduction is informative, with details and facts on the books printing, pirated editions, and trial information. Even if one was a toe towards prudish, you can't not be interested in reading Lady Chatterley's Lover after these words of praise.

    Although the 1992 adaptation by Ken Russell is quite faithful, Lawrence's work is naturally bigger and more detailed than what can be translated to the screen. I noticed many cases where the film had taken word for word from the book, and also where scenes had been combined or moved and relocated for the film. Still, much was remaining to surprise me. After her Baronet husband's paralysis during World War I, young Constance Chatterley begins to question her mundane existence as Lady of Wragby Hall and nursemaid to her crippled husband. They are educated and literate, but as she listens to her husband and his friends chit chat about war, sex, society, and money, Connie becomes more and more disenchanted with her upper class standing. After a very dissatisfying affair with playwright Michaelis, Connie begins a saucy love affair with her husband's gamekeeper Olivier Mellors. Despite the fear of being caught and societal pressures upon them, Connie and Mellors continue to meet. When the scandal comes out, they take measures to secure a life together, despite the class divisions against them.

    The great part of Lady Chatterley's Lover is the love discovered between the titular characters, so I was intrigued by the intitial Michaelis relationship. We learn much about Connie intellectually and sexually through this affair, internal thoughts and disappointing feelings that can't be show onscreen. I've read other fans commentaries online about Joely Richardson's performance as Lady Chatterley in the BBC version. Women sometimes find her portrayal conceded and flaky. Connie has nothing to loose, where Mellors has everything to loose. In the novel, this is certainly not the case. Connie is already nothing, an emotionless drone whose stature gives her nothing.

    Likewise the Mellors in print has everything to gain. His backstory is greatly detailed by Lawrence, yet he maintains his strong silent and mysterious air. Once on officer during the war and a well educated pupil then tutor, Mellors could have the upper class at his fingertips, yet he chooses to be left alone. This book is not just about sex. Our couple is disenchanted with war, industry, money, and the people around them who think that those things give meaning to life. Some of Mellors' dialogue is written in dialect and for an American like me, it took a double take at first. However, Mellors can also speak perfect English, and does so when he chooses, not when people expect it of him. In fact, his speech is often broken when he thinks it will upset people, such as Connie's image conscious sister Hilda.

    Lawrence spends a great many of the early chapters discussing artists and their self important selves, yet it is a great and subtle revelation when Connie discovers books in Mellor's house. Its often claimed not to be Lawrence's best work, but Lady Chatterley's Lover intricately weaves the love story between Connie and Mellors with multiple commentaries from Lawrence. Without being too obvious with his author views, Lawrence questions the English post war Jazz society and classes as well as the later artistic society Lawrence often found himself outcast from. This catch-22 is again mirrored in the novel. Where Connie and Mellors affair crosses class divides and angers their entire community, her husband Clifford's unusual relationship with his nurse Mrs. Bolton is entirely acceptable. I love Charles Dickens for his veiled or outright social commentaries, and I dare say Lawrence is on par here in asking those same society questions. Who decides these social barriers and imobilities? Why are some invisible to these restraints via power, position, and money? What is the right reason to circumvent these divides and do something about oneself?

    Lady Chatterley's Lover has kept me thinking about itself long after I've finished the book. I'd like to read it again and find answers to these questions. Although it is a thorough British book in time and place, Lover also presents very modern thoughts and conjecture. After Lawrence's difficulty with self publishing and piracy, the book was banned until a 1960 obscenity trial. As I mentioned earlier, I didn't find the book all that shocking. Was it because I was familiar with the film version, or is it because the book perhaps caused our current liberal ideas and desensitizing? Four letter words and sex talk have always existed, but Lawrence's honest treatment of the subjects opened a Pandora's box on erotica, pornography, nudity, and bad words in art, literature, and film. I can't say the same for other works, but Lover is actually a very tasteful book, rather innocent in a way. The rebirth of the main characters through their love for one another. Lawrence was tempted to call the story `Tenderness' and the title would have fit.

    Although the work speaks for itself when it comes to sex, society, and even religion, my edition of Lady Chatterley's Lover came with `A Propos on Lady Chatterley's Lover' by D. H. Lawrence himself. After finishing the book on a positive note, I was disappointed in this thirty page essay. One should always let his work speak for itself, and there's no need for this redundant and overlong speech from Lawrence. From World War I to Christianity, Lawrence's essays should be cut in half or is perhaps better for a college classroom discussion.

    If you're looking for porn or sexual gratification, you won't find it in Lady Chatterley's Lover. Most certainly the book is not for everyone, and if frank sexual talk and situations is not your cup of tea, do skip this read. I'lm a fairly straight laced individual, and I only second guessed the book once. In Chapter 16 or 19, I thought the anal sex euphuisms were getting a bit redundant. I giggled a few times over the language, but was moved by other beautiful descriptions from Lawrence. At first I looked for Lover in Borders' small erotica section, but Lawrence's works are found in the general fiction section and in the classics section at my local library.
    Lady Chatterley's Lover is by no means for children or prudes, but it is a fine novel that has transcended time and place. We may be too loose or vulgar in our society today-celebrities with wardrobe malfunctions and half naked women in music videos. Lover and the books in its wake may have caused this openness, but the book also reminds me of the good things about he past. Women wore gloves, men tips their hats to all, and writers wrote great books.
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  • Still works
    I have to admit I've missed this classic for too long. Still holds up and works for today's audience....more info
  • Love in the Void
    "Lady Chatterly's Lover" is one of the most (brutally) honest portrayals of love and intimacy in 20th century literature. Turning away from the flowery and the poetic sentiments of many other writers, Lawrence completely de-romanticizes romance and shows it as something visceral and almost beastial. Written during the span between the first and second World Wars, when industrialization and mechanization seemed to threaten the essence of humanity, Constance Chatterly can, I think, be seen as an Every-Wo/man character searching for intimacy in a society that was increasingly cold and cerebral. Is it possible to love someone when you are alienated from everyone around you? Can you feel passion when you are nothing more than a cog in the gears of some great machine? These are the central questions asked by Lawrence in this novel and of course they are still relevant today.

    While "Chatterly" may not be considered Lawrence's best work, it is still a great book and definitely worth reading. Of course, this novel has flaws - notably the characterization of Mellors, and also the very abrupt ending - but Lawrence's beautiful language (minus the various 4 letter words that appear throughout the text) and his keen understanding of humanity make this work really great. Read this book and consider the romantic relationships in your life and I'm sure you will have a lot to think about....more info
  • Perfect love story
    I've noticed that the negative reviews of the novel are focused on the sexual content instead of the love story that leads to it.
    This is a wonderful story of a wealthy woman who finds her life stagnant and her contemporaries unemotional rationalists who excuse true "love" as utter fantasy and nonsense. She finds that love IS possible when she starts an affair with a hermit- like poor man who also has a strong distaste and bitterness against the anti-romanticism that floods their society. Lady Chatterly's husband is a man who is disabled and finds his comfort in rejecting his body and loves his intellectual pursuits. He is void of any human compassion and is totally blind to his wife's unsatisfaction with him and his life. He then is crushed when he finds out about his wife's affair and becomes like a frightened child who's mother has abandoned him. Like many men, his pride blinded him. He thinks that all MUST agree with his heartless but extremely factual and logical view of life but after all, isn't it obvious things are this way? Even though his wife disagreed with his views and callousness, she didn't have the heart or the true ability to articulate her disagreements. When she finds her lover, he has a way of saying what she thinks. He helps her understand the roots of her heart and allows her to comfortably express all the suppressed feelings deep within. He is not always "romantic", to the contrary, many times he is vulgar and extremely blunt. He is not cautious of someone's feelings, he simply speaks from his heart's experiences and in doing so he found TRUE love in another who fully agreed. We all should do this and maybe by being more truthful and open to caring we also might find true love instead of dishonest, emotionally distant, controlling, empty, servile, desperate relationships that seem to plague many couples. D.H. Lawrence has the wonderful ablity to make his characters absolutely COME TO LIFE. He makes wonderful points about society's coldness and criticizes modern industrialism as being an uncontrollable machine that oppresses romantic ideals that are the true fuel to the human heart. He attempts to show how being void of emotional needs can create a society that simply pities those who still cling to them. He also shows us that if you do choose cling to them you just might come across the true loving person you have been invisioning. I will continue to read Lawrence because he is a wonderful romantic without all the sappyness of modern love stories. Read this novel is you enjoy an honest and realistic love story....more info
  • The best erotic romance I've ever read!
    This novel's explicit sexual descriptions caused a great deal of controversy when it was first published in 1928. However, now that the literary world has embraced erotica, Lady Chatterley's Lover is now considered classic.

    D.H. Lawrence describes the sexual exploits between an unhappily married woman and her lover with beautiful prose and poetic undertones. The bold descriptions of the forbidden romance between the protagonists left me longing for more -- so to speak. The novel is mixture of romance and erotica, and said story has inspired authors to venture into this once obscure genre in literature.

    Are you an erotica enthusiast? Then I suggest you read the novel that started it all. Lady Chatterley's Lover is one of the best literary experiences I've ever had!...more info

  • I finally know what the hoopla's about!
    When I first began to read Lady Chatterley's Lover I thought it was going to be quite a chore. I'm used to flowery language and all that, but I just wasn't in the mood for what I anticipated to be a sex-charged love story. Much to my surprise I got MUCH more from this wonderful classic.

    D.H. Lawrence makes some striking observations about the state of the social classes in post WWI England, as well as providing some good insights into tough individual decisions we make in regard to relationships. I had limited knowledge of the post-war subject beforehand, but I felt that I learned a great deal in the process of reading. At times the book seemed repetitive, as if Lawrence were beating me over the head with his message, sacrificing character and plot in the process, but after all was said and done I couldn't say that it was a bad book. It's a very insightful, multi-layered work and I'm very glad I read it. The fact that the book was widely banned from publication in its early days is just another tempting reason to read it although, by today's standards, what was so risqu¨¦ then borders on the ridiculous for us now. As long as you remind yourself of the time period in which it was written you'll be just fine...the laughs and raised eyebrows in conjunction with more serious themes are a pleasant mix....more info

  • A great tale of human intamacy
    This story is great in the way it deals with the male -female relationship in a subttle manner. It is erotic, moving and emotional. A powerful story and a great look into human nature and the power that sex has in a relationship. For those whom are interested in understanding the the development in the male and female movements that have grown over the past 100 years....more info
  • over-rated
    Lawrence clunks as a writer, wreaks of British propriety, is obvious in his narrative's situations and 'questioning of society' , and his characters and writing is so cold that it could have been written by the character Clifford. Bravery alone does not make great books and Lawrence's willingness to use four letter words and write a book that has sex in it, despite his impotence, does not make this deserving of praise. painful to read and completely lacking in felicitous writing....more info
  • The Ultimate Romance
    Lawrence really lays bare his soul in this book. It is the story of a ripe, red blooded woman who needs a real man. As usual there doesn't seem enough to go around. Ladies! I hope you all meet a Mellor's in your lives. Gardening is indeed a great trade for aspiring lovers. And You'll love this tale - it was one of Lawrence's best.

    Lawrence wanted to bring us back to our dynamic center; he hated this celebral world and head sex. His domain was the realm of the body ... And all of its pent up sexual dynamisms. If you read Fantasia of The Unconscious you will be able to access his views right from his teeming intelect. He was perhaps one of the finest writers Britain ever produced and his literary output was prodigious indeed!...more info

  • Sensuality & Industrialization
    This is a fantastic book. Each time I read it I am struck by the relevancy of the topics presented and the startling grace of Lawrence's language. I believe we have much to learn from this book about ourselves. Despite the fact that sex is a rather hum drum topic in today's world the book is still shocking in the brutally honest and beautiful way it presents human relations with each other and the world on the whole.

    Excellent literature instructs, as well as delights, and Lawrence presents an entertaining, but deep and complex lesson for his readers. Take some time and read the book....more info

  • Don't be put off by the censors
    David Herbert Lawrence was born on 11th September 1885 in Nottinghamshire, England, little knowing that he would eventually have much in common with writers as varied as James Joyce and Aristopanes.

    Ulysses by James Joyce was recently selected by the Modern Library as the best novel of the 20th century. Like Aristophanes' Lysistrata and Lawrence's 'Lady Chatterley', it was banned for decades from the U.S. mails under the Comstock Law of 1873. Officially known as the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act, this law banned the mailing of "lewd", "indecent", "filthy", or "obscene" materials. The Comstock laws, while now to some extent unenforced, remain for the most part on the books today. The Telecommunications Reform Bill of 1996 even specifically applied some of these outdated and outmoded laws to computer networks.

    So what's my message here? Simple - if we continue to allow censors to dictate what we can and cannot read, we stand the chance of being robbed of some of the world's finest written works. We're not talking exceptions here. Consider, for example John Cleland's Fanny Hill - Candide, Voltaire's critically hailed satire - Jean-Jacques Rousseau's autobiography Confessions - Chaucer's Canterbury Tales - Boccaccio's Decameron - Defoe's Moll Flanders, and various editions of The Arabian Nights. All were banned at various times in the US.

    The 1928 Lady Chatterley's Lover is no longer distinguished for the once-shocking treatment of the adulterous affair between a sexually unfulfilled married woman and her husband's game keeper. Now that we're used to hearing and reading about sex, it's apparent that the novel is memorable for better reasons: namely, that Lawrence was a masterful writer whose wonderful story takes us bodily into the world of its characters. Of Connie Chatterley's indecisiveness, her husband's callousness, the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors' persuasiveness - all are portrayed in a quiet, even manner until the climactic end. Necessarily, some of the language and imagery is mildly explicit (though you can read a lot worse in many of the magazines that lie around in dentists' waiting rooms), because Lady Chatterley's Lover affirms Lawrence's vision of individual regeneration through freely-expressed sexuality. The book's power and complexity make it a unique, original work-a triumph of passion and eroticism over sterility.

    The next time you hear that something has been censored, question whether it is really to protect public morals (where war, and starvation appear to be more acceptable than freedom of sexuality), or whether it is to protect the censors' own frustrated identities! Lady C is a powerful reminder that all the censors have ever succeeded in doing is to ban outstanding literature in the name of public morality....more info

  • She had never been loved before
    Lady Chatterley's Lover is not my Lawrece's favourite - see "Women in Love" for that honor-, but I think it is a very great novel, and it is praised as his best. Although the title mention The Lover, in my opinion the book is about Lady Catterley herself.

    It is very interesting to imagine the effect the story might have caused on people by the time its was first published. It's known that the author had many problems in order to get it released and had to use his own money to get it printed.Even nowadays, Lady Chatterley may shock some puritans, but its effect would never be as strong as in 1928. The large use of slang names for private parts sounds a bit funny, but still disturbing.

    After finish reading the book, the mainly feeling I had was: selfshiness. All characters most of the time just worry about themselves. On the other hand, I would read very naive if I believed that human beings are not natural born selfish, consequently, people in this book are very close to people we met on the streets when it comes to feelings and emotions. Clifford, the husband, is disgusting. He is a British aristocrat and as so he looks down on everybody all the time.Nobody is good enough to be an equal. Mellors, the lover, appeared to be very polite and open minded in the beginning, but I change my mind in the middle of the novel, after Lady Chatterley spends a Sunday night with him. He sounds very sexist and racist in his speech. However, I think that was the common sense by that time, today readers may feel a bit unconfortable with his opinions- as I did-, but he can still be taken to. But the real 'star' of the novel is Connie, yes, I am talking about Lady Chatterley herself. At first, Clifford takes it out on her all the time- and I felt sorry for her. Later, she finds a new love and starts living her own life - this is the best part of the book. We can't run her down having the love affair because she had such a boring and senseless life before Mellors. By the end - I won't give it - she is not the same person.

    Some nice twists are saved for the last chapters, what makes the reading much more interesting. I highly recomend this book for whose who are not afraid of reading - and discovering - about sex....more info

  • A gorgeous book
    I adored the sexual freedom of this book, the way it voiced an opinion I've held deep inside without voicing it for fear of sacrilege: intellect is not sustenance enough to live on, rather, it can sometimes drain you of sustenance.
    Though I dare to call myself feminist, my approval of Mellors denies this -- I suppose the female part of me ignores the intellectual feminist part....more info
  • Beautifully Written by a Masterful Writer.
    "But when he had done his slow, cautious beating of his bounds -- it was nearly a five mile walk -- he was tired. He went to the top of the knoll and looked out. There was no sound save the noise, the faint shuffling noise from Stacks Gate Colliery, that never ceased working; and there were hardly any lights, save the brilliant electric rows at the works. The world lay darkly and fumily sleeping. It was half-past two. But even in its sleep it was an uneasy, cruel world, stirring with the noise of a train or some great lorry on the road, and flashing with some rosy lightening-flash from the furnaces. It was a world of iron and coal, the cruelty of iron and the smoke of coal, and the endless, endless greed that drove it all. Only greed, greed stirring in its sleep. "It was cold, and he was coughing. A fine cold draught blew over the knoll. ?He thought of the woman. Now he would have given all he had or ever might have to hold her warm in his arms, both of them wrapped in one blanket, and sleep. All hopes of eternity and all gain from the past he would have given to have her there, to be wrapped warm with him in one blanket, and sleep, only sleep. It seemed the sleep with the woman in his arms was the only necessity." - D.H. Lawrence ?

    As the coal dust settles over everything and everyone, a woman comes into her own as a woman, and comes to the realization that she despises her arrogant, manipulative husband. ?The woman begins to long for a child. ?Her husband, wounded in the war and unable to use his legs, perhaps sensing this longing, has turned into a whining and very demanding child. And in the universal way that these things work, the more he insecurely demands?of her, the more she is repulsed by him.? There is a gatekeeper on the estate, and one can well conclude by the title of the book what happens. Begun in 1926, and set in the coal fields of Industrial Age England, this work takes one on a very intimate visit within the class system of that country. ?It contains a deep, thoughtful examination of English cultures and roots, as well as the values and rules within those various classes and how they intersect and interact within themselves. ?It is a trip to another time and place which seems altogether too familiar, too unresolved in its issues, and in the structures, restrictions, rules, and cultural foundations. The history of this book is as interesting as the chronicle contained therein. ?

    Originally published in Italy, complete with misspellings, it contained "shocking words" which, along with the subject matter of the book, caused it to be banned in English speaking countries until some court decisions allowed it to be printed. ?This happened in the U.S. in l959. ?After completion of the reading of this book, it was interesting to contemplate what had to change in order for this work to be published. ?This book was a significant factor in the pushing of the envelope in terms of "shocking words" which are not altogether shocking anymore, because they are ubiquitous. ? And yet, even though the words, as well as the issues presented in this work no longer cause a violent backlash, the drama is still entirely familiar and very easily understood. ?It's a cause for one to contemplate how far we have come as a society, and yet how little we have actually accomplished.???Highly recommended. ?...more info

  • Sexist Fantasy
    Male readers may find this book interesting (or at least titillating). I doubt it has many female fans. The female protagonist is completely a male fantasy. The book's message is simply that men like women who are able to climax at the same time as their partners without any need for foreplay or other effort on the man's part (Lawrence likes to call this "gentleness"); and that this type of sexual relationship is all a woman should really need of a man....more info
  • Surprisingly good....
    When I thought of "Lady Chatterley's Lover," images of some late night cable movie came to my head. Because of this, I thought of this as just a novel by Lawrence but not something which was really indicative of his work. I was wrong. This is a very good book.

    As in "Sons and Lovers," Lawrence uses the scenery around the characters to give you an idea of something deeper than the interaction between Clifford, Connie, Mrs. Bolton, and Mellors. Flowers play another large role is showing you what he means.

    Yes, there is frank talk of sex in the novel. I do not find it crude as the history behind the book would lead you to believe (but then, I am reading it over fifty years after it came out). The way Lawrence deals frankly with his characters in their mannerisms and speech is pure art. Even if you have never been in the exact situation that these people are in, you can see things and experience emotions/frustrations that affect you now.

    At the end of the book is a short section from Lawrence discussing what he was thinking when he put this work together. For those wanting to see a bit more into Lawrence's mind, this is a great treat.

    I would recommend this book to anyone....more info

  • Very Good
    This was the first book by Lawrence that I ever read, and it made me want to read his other works. Something in Lawrence's style, whether it's his complete and almost unsettling way of capturing human thought and emotion, or his flawless way with language, makes you long to be 'subjected' to his words for another 300 pages.

    Since Lady C's Lover was the first of his books that I read, I had the idea, not surprisingly, that all of his works would contain that purity and honesty of word choice (aka profanity) that this famous work is ripe with. Don't think this for a minute. When you read Sons and Lovers, Women in Love, and The Rainbow, you will get the feeling that Lady C's Lover was Lawrence's great mental eruption. These other works *tremble* slightly with allusions; VERY subtle allusions. It's as though Lawrence's mind was building up and preparing itself with his other works for what would be Lady Chatterley's Lover. Because, if you haven't read anything by Lawrence and know little about him, you will receive a MASSIVE surprise with this book...either a very pleasant (my case) surprise, or an unpleasant one. If you took offence at Holden Caulfield's language, your mind will scream at the language of Lady C's Lover. What we call 'the F word' in our more self-conscious moments, is used surely more than 100 times in this work. I don't think I've ever seen more straight-out connotations, allusions, imagery, everything, than in this book. It's amazing! At times, you will catch yourself marvelling at how Lawrence must have written it in a white hot fever, unable to stop, but surely knowing just how hard it would be to get this puppy published in his day and age. The work, then, is a brutal piece of honesty written, I feel, for the author's sake more than for the public's. That makes it priceless. It's one of the rare moments when we can view a writer's 'literary soul,' the part of their mind that usually will not surface for fear of not being publishable.

    Whether you'd describe it as beauty, art it would be a good idea to read Lady Chatterley's Lover so that you can know for yourself what you feel about what is probably one of the greatest books ever written....more info

  • an average classic
    I often find that a number of classics are highly overrated. I believe this to be true of this novel. That it was written so long ago is what makes it noteworthy. The story often feels drawn out; and, during the course of reading this, I found my mind wandering off. I probably would not recommend this book to anyone, but I might not encourage them to avoid reading it either....more info
  • Underlying Theme Is Incorrect
    Lady Chatterley's Lover is a beautiful love story written by a great artist. It is by no means only a "sex" story, but portrays two individuals quite sensitively. If one sticks to the surface story, one will probably be quite taken with the beauty of it. But there is an underlying theme here which runs throughout all of Lawrence's work: the idea that the world is a dirty, unpleasant place and that people are always small, disagreeable and nasty and that the solutions to all of life's most pressing problems is orgasm. This is rather silly, to say the least. Certain portions of life can be ugly, but the extent to which Lawrence does so in this novel is really stretching it a bit. It seems like a set-up to me: after showing only the negative portion of life and convincing the reader that this is reality as "it really is", he springs his stock solution: sex. This seems as absurd to me as trying to grab a handful of air; imagination is at the root of the sexual appetite in humans and this he leaves rather untouched. Intellectualism is also disavowed in prference to a sort of bodily exaltation which leaves one at the mercy of one's physical being without recourse to higher faculties (inlcuding those of control and discipline). It is also interesting to note that in his philosophical position, Lawrence is much closer to Sartre than Camus, who although still a pessimist, finds a great deal of exuberance in the physical world of nature that Lawrence and Sartre tend to reject as ugly and forbidding. The philosophical underpinnings sort of ruin the novel for me, although it may not be noticeable until the second or third read....more info
  • Effortless work by a Great Writer
    If you want a good Lawrence book, read Sons and Lovers or Women in Love instead. Lady Chatterly, although written later, is much more immature in terms of style than Lawrence's first book, sons and lovers. The popularity probally results from the scandal that surrounded the book and not the writing or plot. The book only has real importance in a sociological reading, showing the social mores of the period it was written in....more info
  • A beautiful tale.
    Many people dismiss this book as nothing but pervertedness and filthiness. They fail to see the beauty of this tale. This book deserves literary merit, for it's a brave masterpiece. Not, as one prosecutor put it, "dirt for dirt's sake."

    This book should not be seen as a piece of work advertising pornography, but rather as a mere attack against industrialization. Perhaps Lawrence, through the tale of Lady Chatterley and her lover, was trying to bring a message across about industry (Clifford Chatterley's coal mine) and the working class (significantly the gamekeeper, Mellors). But, of course, we can't overlook the endless romance between Lady Chatterley and her lover, for it is what this story is about.

    The fact that it contains that little four-lettered Anglo-Saxon word that begins with an "F" is more reason why this book deserves literary merit, for it is one of the first and foremost important works of literature to contain it. Now, of course, it is hard to find a book, a movie, or a song without that famous word.

    If D. H. Lawrence should be remembered a thousand years from now, it should be for writing this story. He was a very courageous, very daring person to have written it. This taboo of a story is one that will stay in the reader's mind forever.

    (Note: If you are to read this book, I'd recommend the unexpurgated version.)...more info

  • Scathing indictment of class structure, among other things.
    I opened this book expecting litle more than a fleshed-out porno movie, since it was, after all, the subject of one many years ago and was well thumbed in my high school library, but only at the sexy parts. What a surprise for me to discover a harsh critique of British class structure, the industrial revolution, artists and intellectuals, and self-gratifying sex.

    Yes, there are explicit sex scenes. Yes, he uses some language that must have been extremely shocking in its time. But my, oh my--if everybody on this planet made love the way Mellors and Constance Chatterly did, with awareness, and tenderness, and absolute vulnerability--well then, I won't go so far as to say we would have world peace, but I bet we'd be a heck of a lot happier.

    This book is not a great piece of literature. It offers a grim picture of an earlier England by somebody obviously disenchanted with it, a great harpooning of Robin Hood forests, the upper crust, and literary snobs. It's a bit ponderous here and there, and the seasonal metaphors are a bit sophomoric. Still, it was the Lawrence's final book, and embodies a lifetime of thinking about sex, the body, and the spirit. Worth the read!...more info

  • Most Meaningful and Lovely of Lawrence's Novels
    As with any good novel there are several levels on which this book may be read. Taken factually, here a woman forsakes her incapacitated husband and takes the gamekeeper of their estate as her lover. Pretty ugly scenario! How can such a cruel action be justified? Lawrence is not afraid to take on this formidable challenge.

    To some people there is absolutely no issue here. When you marry, you commit yourself exclusively to your mate. Period! Case closed! But in real life, the matter is not so simple, unless you choose to make it so.

    On a deeper level a marriage inherently has hidden strings attached. It requires an honest effort by both partners to commit to the marriage, to sense their partner's needs, and to respond to them honestly and with sensitivity. If one mate is not perceptive, not doing their part, not "truly interested" in the marriage, then the marriage is in reality already dissolved, albeit not legally. This was the case with Lady Chatterly and her husband. It was also the case with the gamekeeper and his wife. Lawrence had to courage to recognize and to address this marriage problem, which probably is more common today than we would care to admit.

    The level at which I most liked this novel was in the descriptions of the actual physical encounters between the Lady and her lover. I have not counted them but there are perhaps four or five, all under different circumstances, all resulting in different degrees of satisfaction. Which suggests to me tht the sex act, in itself, is an almost neutral event. What gives it meaning are the attitudes and sensitivities that its participants bring to the occasion.

    At its deepest level sex is a reverent act, a sacrament. It is an uncompromising, fully trustful yielding of one's body to the care and love of another person. The result can be the most glorious feeling a human can experience. It can also be the most degrading feeling in the world. In this novel Lawrence follows the Lady and her lover through their progressing relationship. The novel can serve the reader as an inspiring view of the great beauty and joy that a loving relationship may eventually engender.

    Should teenagers read this book? In my opinion, no. Nevertheless, they will. But, like Shakespeare, they will not be able to absorb its wealth. I encourage them to save its reading for their later years when they are trying to bring new riches to their lives. Sort of like saving the icing on the cake, and eating it last. I think Lawrence would like that....more info

  • Why a comic-book cover?
    The use of comic strips lamely summarizing scenes from D.H. Lawrence's "Lady Chatterley's Lover" came as an unwelcome surprise. The edition itself is excellent, with a fine introduction, authoritative text, maps, notes, and bibliography. But the cover (and a gratuitous list of women the author is alleged to have shagged) is more than disgraceful. What conceivable purpose does this serve? The marketing people at Penguin should think twice before defacing a classic text in this way. ...more info
  • Wonderfully descriptive
    A wonderful read, that explores human relationships. It is wonderfully descriptive and a pleasure to read. Highly recommend....more info
  • Read Anna Karenina by Tolstoy instead.
    I love the classics- I make sure to throw a few into my "to be read" pile just to cleanse the palette from my general fiction and genre reading. I've been wanting to read LCL for some time now, mostly because of it being censored and banned back in the day for it's explicit sex and language. In fact it was considered pornographic and, for a time, was not allowed to be mailed out into the US due to obscenity laws.

    Because I do read romance and yes, even erotica, at times I have to defend my reading choices because it's considered illicit, so naturally I wanted to read LCL.

    Ugh. I hated it.

    Slow paced and tedious I wanted to give up on it so many times. But I'm stubborn so I couldn't let myself give up on it.

    Whereas I'm sure this book was a shocker in the late 20's when it was published, to my modern eyes, it was no biggie. Yes it was graphic, but in no way could one consider this pornographic! Porn, to me, is something that is produced (visual or written) to enflame sexually. This book was far from stimulating in that way.

    The first section bored me to tears, full of mind-numbing conversations that had no significance other than for the author to show how intellectual he was. I could barely read a page without my eyes drooping closed. Yes, I got that their conversations had a point- "The dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation." Yeah, I got it. But to stretch it out for the length of the entire book? Ugh.

    When Lady Chatterley met Mellors, her soon to be lover- things got more interesting- for about 10 pages. Then back to the tedium. It back and forthed like that for the entire book. UGH!

    I truly liked her lover Mellors. A vetern of the war and of the lower class, he seemed the most intelligent of the characters. Which was, of course, the most shocking part of the story back in the day- the fact that a member of the upper class, Lady Chatterley, cheated on her upper crust husband with a servant.

    Connie (Lady Chatterley) I found wishy-washy, whiney, and downright annoying. NOT a heroine to love. BUT she knew how to find her sexual pleasure and wasn't ashamed of it. (Plus for her!) Clifford, her husband- Lord Chatterley to her Lady- I actually felt pity for, though the author did his best to make him seem unworthy of Connie.

    Here's a short look at Lord and Lady Chatterley:

    Cliffy, wounded and crippled during the war, was unable to perform his husbandly duties. Connie grew to loathe him and headed out for greener pastures. Now, I'll give that Cliffy was a snob and a control freak, but pitiful to be sure, and in the end didn't deserve Connie's selfishness.

    (...)
    ... however, I am glad I read LCL. If only to say I have done so!...more info
  • It's all about the industrial takeover
    Although this book has a saucy reputation, it's not all about sex. It is a rather dreary look at early 20th century England. Worthy of your time, and the brassy language could still make a school girl blush....more info
  • Beautiful, if not slightly Misogynistic.
    Sexual enlightenment and satisfaction is the core of this novel and that only through a sexual revolution can humans know what it means to be human and to truly live.

    The tale of the lonely women, undefined in her sexual idenity while craving what she does not understand and thus somewhat dirty, is not usually something I go for. Yet, while Lawrence renders Lady Connie Chatterly as a somewhat lost and needful woman, who is, more or less, inexperienced in the ways of sex and love; she is not entirely hopeless or as clueless. She, like many woman in that time, are suppressed and naive about the relationship between men and women and espeically about the sexual relationship between them. And of course, love. This is a woman discovering what it means to find comfort in physical intamacy and the consequences that arise from it.

    The social events after World War II and the description of Connie and her husband's deteriating relationship as she begins to discover more of herself through an affair with her husband's gamekeeper, is an interesting parallel and contrast. While the relationship between Connie and her husband represent the old English establishment of sexless upper class men and women who marry out of duty and obligation, the interaction between her and Mellors, the gamekeeper, is a stark contrast and direct confrontation with the old establishment. It is liberating and consuming, passionate and freeing. Mellors is somewhat uncooth and crass yet filled with a burning passion that Connie doesn't at first understand. He is brutally honest in his opinions about sex and what a relationship between a man and woman ought to be while her husband, Clifford, refrains from aknowledging anything but proper English propriety. Mellors is the rebellion that is waiting to erupt in post-war England as well as the fear of the upheaval a sexual revolution could cause.

    Lawrence attempts to show the relationships between middle and lower classes as well, as seen through Clifford and Mrs. Bolton's (a women who comes to take care and care about Clifford when Connie becomes less available) interaction as well as through her and Connie's discussions about love and the men they love. What Lawrence is trying to say about sex and love for all people in general, despite class differences, is not always strong but the idea is clear: that all people, no matter who they are, ought to be liberated from the constrants that society holds on them. That is to be sexually free and to revel in it and not to fear it.

    Lawrence does not disappoint in his lyrical style nor his many quotable lines. The characters are well written, but it can be difficult to feel attachment toward them or to feel a lot for them. Connie, and to a certain degree, Mellors, are the most vivid of all the characters but they too can be somewhat repressed and distant. The characters represent ideas rather than real live people and are meant to enhance the underlyinng message.

    Sadly, the preface by Durrull is not only unenlightening but not worth reading. I found his essay to be more about being academic rather than giving an essay on what Lawrence was trying to say or did say. The Introduction by Friedland was a wonderful chronicle of how the book came to be and Lawrence's reactions to its publication. Well worth a read. The essay at the very end by Lawrence himself is wonderful as well. In this essay, he himself explains the purpose of writing LCL and why he found it important to voice it.

    Keep an open mind when reading this rich and wonderful book. Enjoy!...more info
  • The Antidote to Platonic Love
    Constance Chatterley's gamekeeper, Mellors, brings out the animal in Her Ladyship, and he extends the protection to her that he does to all the wild game in the wood. It is Mellors himself who, in the end, understands that his own baronet, Sir Clifford, is the greatest threat to his most vulnerable charge. Constance's own father, Sir Malcolm, fails utterly to appreciate the situation when he refers to Mellors as the quintessential poacher himself. Sir Malcolm's mistake is that he, along with all of polite society, fails to recognize that humans are, in fact, animals, and that the thrill of conjugal intimacy unites us with all other fauna. We strayed from this notion long ago, with Plato extolling virtuous love, and referring to passions and desires as evil (Book IX of the Phaedrus).

    Sir Clifford, who is impotent as a result of war injuries, suggests to his wife that she have a discrete affair in order to produce an heir to the estate. "I don't care who his father may be as long as he is a healthy man not below normal intelligence." His admonition that Connie be careful not to fall in love in the process foreshadows his tragedy. When we see the gamekeeper, Mellors, placing pheasant eggs into the nests of chickens, in order that they may be reared by surrogate hens, we know, before any of the protagonists themselves, just who Lady Chatterley's surrogate husband will be. Ultimately Connie discovers that Mellors has that rarest of qualities in a man; he enjoys making love only when his partner enjoys it, too. These feelings are a sharp contrast with her experience, and they are both immediately ensnared in a tense carnal conspiracy.

    In the process, we are treated to D. H. Lawrence's craft:

    "Both sisters mixed with...the young Cambridge group, the group that stood for 'freedom' and flannel trousers, and soft shirts open at the neck, and a well-bred sort of emotional anarchy..., and an ultra-sensitive sort of manner."

    Tevershall village had "rows of wretched, small begrimed brick houses with black slate roofs for lids, sharp angles, and willful blank dreariness."

    One attraction of her first lover, Michalis, is that he had his own ideas and stated them clearly; "he didn't merely walk round them with millions of words, in the parade of the life of the mind."

    Sir Clifford "seemed alert in the foreground, but the background was like the Midlands atmosphere, haze, smoky mist."

    Before her affair with Mellors, Connie saw sex as "just a cocktail term for an excitement that bucked you up for a while, then left you more raggy than ever."

    Connie realizes of Clifford that, "like many insane people, his insanity might be measured by the things he was not aware of: the great desert tracts in his consciousness."

    "She saw her own nakedness in his eyes..."

    This book will not titillate the reader of 2008 as it did the reader of 1928. The reaction against it then exposed both widespread hypocrisy and a scientifically illiterate, pre-Kinsey society which extolled Platonic values, and in the process denied the incomparable delight of primitive carnal intimacy. ...more info
  • A treasure beyond time.
    It is almost unbelievable, how this book could ever have raised a scandal, whereas it deals with love in a most human and indeed loving way. This tells us more about earlier readers than about the author. Everybody who is able to abandon the carthesian beliefs that ruined pleasure in enjoying life in the flesh as well as in the spirit will enjoy this masterpiece of literature. ...more info
  • "We ought to be able to arrange this sex thing as if we were going to the dentist."
    A book which has achieved more notoriety for its sex scenes (shocking in 1930, when the book was written) than for its character studies, Lady Chatterley's Lover focuses on the affair between Constance, the "sturdy" young wife of Clifford Chatterley, and the gamekeeper of the Chatterleys' estate in the remote midlands. Constance, who married Clifford a month before he left for World War I, has become his caretaker since his return from the war, paralyzed from the waist down and impotent. A writer who surrounds himself with intellectual friends, Clifford regards Connie as his hostess and caregiver and does not understand her abject yearning for some life of her own.

    The distance between Constance and Clifford increases when Mrs. Bolton, a widow from the village, becomes his devoted caretaker, and he becomes increasingly dependent upon her. In a remarkable scene, Clifford finally tells Connie that he'd like an heir, and he does not care whom she finds to be the father of "his" child. He believes, in fact, that he could treat her affair as if it were a trip to the dentist. Connie, yearning for an emotional closeness which she has never experienced before, soon becomes involved with Mellors, the estate's gamekeeper. Crude and anti-social, Mellors has an honesty and lack of pretension which Connie finds refreshing.

    Throughout the novel, Lawrence creates finely drawn characters whose interactions and gradual changes are explored microscopically. The growth of love between Connie and Mellors is complicated by the increasing self-centeredness of Clifford, whose outrage at rumors of their affair is motivated by Connie's choice of someone so far beneath her. To Clifford, the separation of the social classes is an integral and inevitable part of life. Devoted to achieving financial success even at the expense of his workers, the paralyzed Clifford is depicted as a symbol of unfeeling aristocracy and government. Mellors, by contrast, is vigorous and full of life, a strong man of character who obeys his instincts and stands up for what he believes.

    Dealing with themes of love, passion, respect, honor, and the need for understanding, Lady Chatterley's Lover is a complex, character-driven novel which, though dated, celebrates the driving passions which can make life worth living. The romantic scenes and language here are tame by modern standards, and the extreme behavior and willingness to flout convention by Connie and Mellors may be less realistic, psychologically, than what would make sense to a modern reader. Firmly rooted in the 1930's, the novel shows an insensitive Clifford adhering to outdated values, based on outdated economic structures, while Connie and Mellors, freed from these conventions, explore their inner natures and their humanity. n Mary Whipple
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  • Dreadful
    I can't fathom why this book is beloved. It's just awful. Alright, that's a little strong. The first third-to-half of the book is just awful: tedious, depressing, tiresome, plotless. Indeed, Lawrence put a sentence in that, amazingly, perfectly summarizes the first half of the book:

    "The days seemed to grind by, with curious painfulness, yet nothing happened."

    That really does say it all. The protagonist plods through her dreary, depressing life, and nothing happens.

    At times during this book, I got the feeling that Lawrence really wanted to be a botonist rather than a novelist, because he spends more time talking about every last plant in the woods than he does talking about any of the people in the story. For a while I had to keep going to the dictionary to look up every plant I'd never heard of, until I finally just gave up.

    Eventually, in the last third or so of the book, it starts getting a little more interesting. But sadly, while it starts to appear that something resembling a plot is finally developing, in the end nothing very much comes of any of it.

    But we DO get long, windy, insufferably self-righteous political nattering, of a Rousseau-ian nature: all industrialism and capitalism is bad and we should go back to some idylic state of nature thing that never in reality existed (in reality, life in the state of nature is nasty, brutish, and short). This is at its most ludicrous when the title character makes all these chicken-little doomsday predictions about how mankind is going to be basically wiped out in 100 years unless we give up industrialism/capitalism and all. Well, the book came out in 1928, so he's still got some 20 years to not look like an utter nincompoop.

    But I could tolerate the misguided ranting if the rest of the book were good. It is not. The biggest problem is the oppressive dreariness of it. This stems largely from the fact that Lawrence only ever seems interested in writing about emotionally crippled people (so much so that I strongly suspect that he was emotionally crippled himself). Every character is decidely neurotic, each in their own special flavor. The closest thing we have to a representative of mental health would be Mrs. Bolton. The central character Connie does eventually get her head screwed on straight by the end of the book, but it sure takes her long enough. I just could not identify with these people one tiny iota. Repeatedly I just wanted to hit them for their behavior and emotional attitudes.

    To its credit, the book does advocate an unabashed, unashamed joyous love of sex, something with which I am totally on board. But that's about the only good thing I could find to say....more info
  • Illustrated Vintage Paperback Photos from the movie
    An upscale version of the classic book by D.H. Lawrence, featuring tasteful photographs from the making of the movie version. With 16 pages of full-color illustraitons from the film directed by Just Jaeckin, starring Sylvia Kristel, Nicholas Clay and Shane Briant, distributed by Cannon Films.

    Another bonus: preface by Archibald MacLeish. A Black Cat Book published by Grove Press, Inc....more info
  • Sensuality, 1920s style
    I was first introduced to D.H. Lawrence in a Brit Lit class when I was in college. We read SONS AND LOVERS, and I was totally blown away by Lawrence's verdant prose and by the novel's brutal, uncomfortable beauty. My professor mentioned LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER frequently while we were studying Lawrence, and since then I've wanted to read this later, more well-known, more controversial work. Finally, two years after that class, I got around to it.

    LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER tells the story of a young woman named Constance Reid, who marries Sir Clifford Chatterley when he's home on leave for a month from the battlefields of World War I. After a month of honeymooning, Clifford must return to the war; and sadly, when he returns six months later, he comes home "more or less in bits," paralyzed from the waist down. The newlyweds settle at Clifford's family home, Wragby, near the industrialized town of Tevershall.

    Although Clifford cannot please Constance sexually, he and his wife are intellectually connected; they make love with words, and at first this is enough for Constance. However, a brief affair with one of Clifford's colleagues makes Connie aware of her more carnal needs, of her desire for physical pleasure.

    Enter Oliver Mellors, the Chatterleys' groundskeeper who lives a life of solitude in a secluded wooded cabin. In Mellors, Connie is awakened to a higher consciousness, to the power of sexual pleasure and mutual satisfaction. Her relationship with Mellors helps her emerge from her cocoon of prudishness to become a highly sexualized being. The affair continues under Clifford's nose, and he is either too inattentive to notice or just pretends not to.

    As a baronet, Clifford is in a position of power, but he finds himself completely powerless. The mines of Tevershall, which he controls, are dying; and not only is his industry dead, so is his sexuality. He, and his business, are impotent. What makes him so interesting is the almost tender way in which Lawrence portrays him. The scene in which he tries desperately to force his wheelchair's dying motor to roll uphill while Connie and Mellors look on is particularly heartbreaking. Clifford is vain, and he has no use for sex or other things of a physical nature, but he also knows that the only way he can produce an heir is if Connie has sex with another man and allows Clifford to claim the child as his own. His lack of power, and his reaction to the knowledge of it, make him compelling.

    Unlike Clifford, Connie's other love interest, Oliver Mellors, is confident and unashamed and almost pagan in his celebration of physicality. He's a surprisingly endearing character, a common man with some very intelligent things to say, who isn't intimidated by class boundaries, who doesn't chastise himself for ravishing a married woman.

    Constance Chatterley is a woman awakening to her sexual self, and Lawrence chronicles her metamorphosis in explicit, sensitive detail. It's suprising how well Lawrence was able to write from a woman's perspective. However, Connie's perception of her ideal relationship near the end of the novel probably didn't quite ring true for many female readers of the time (at least, not that they would admit): "Complete intimacy! She supposed that meant revealing everything concerning yourself to the other person, and his revealing everything concerning himself. But that was a bore. All that weary self-consciousness between a man and a woman! a disease!" It's observations like this that made LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER so controversial.

    LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER has probably remained so popular for 80 years because of its sexual content, which was undoubtedly completely immoral for the time period in which is was written. But of course the content is not anything too shocking in today's world of pay-per-view pornography and busty women on the covers of erotic fiction sold in supermarkets everywhere. However, this book shouldn't be bunched into that category, by today's standards or any other age's; I would like to think LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER is still popular today because of Lawrence's incredibly brave writing.

    Lawrence expounds on many controversial ideas in this, his last major novel before his death in 1930. The novel is rife with criticism of post-WWI England and the failures of industrialization to support a growing economy. Lawrence believes sensuality should be the means of connecting with environment, not through the workings of iron and gritty coal. In LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER, industry is impotent; but men and women are sexually alive.

    My only issue with the novel is that some of the sex scenes are absolutely ridiculous, and read like Lawrence was writing them merely for the shock factor. His language is often unnecessarily crude, and the whole "John Thomas" and "Lady Jane" thing is just silly. However, this ridiculousness is balanced nicely with some beautiful, sensual descriptions: Connie's first orgasm, the use of twined flowers to symbolize purity in love, the beautiful language Mellors uses in his letter to Connie at the end of the novel: "I love the chastity now that it flows between us. It is like fresh water and rain...like a river of cool water in my soul."

    It's undeniable that Lawrence's prose is absolutely intoxicating and exciting, and he proves it again and again in the pages of this novel, written even as his life was ending. And that's what makes LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER memorable: not the sex, but the words used to describe the sex. LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER is an intimate look at love and sex, a novel whose popularity has remained for 80 years--and probably will remain far into the future, and rightfully so....more info
  • ruined by its ignorance of female sexuality
    I found this book embarrassing to read - not because it's risque, but because it so clearly illustrates how the French & Italians got their reputations as great lovers. Is this the best that English literature can give us? This fellow clearly understands little of female anatomy, let alone female sexuality.

    It's also mean-spirited. Lawrence proves his points by setting up his version of idealized man and even more idealized woman, and then spends most of the book trying to knock down every other character and concept. This is his only real method of proving the superiority of his ideal. He drips way too much contempt.

    Everything outside of sex is dumb, meaningless, ridiculous. Attempting to derive enjoyment from the "mental life" makes one ridiculous; being paralyzed makes one ridiculous; trying to have sex in any way outside Lawrence's own true and correct way makes one pathetic, or defective, or spiteful; not being able to enjoy the sort of lovemaking Lawrence proposes makes one undeserving of the title of "woman" or "man"; and so on.

    Looking at Italian art is stupid. Everything in Paris is stupid. Constance can apparently tell from a glance that nobody in France knows how to have sex properly.

    Reading the book without his openly contemptuous commentary on what's "wrong" with everyone except C. and M., one might easily conclude that Constance doesn't really seem happier now that she's sleeping with the gamekeeper, and Hilda does seem happier in Venice - the author counters this by ridiculing "that kind" of happiness as delusional and druglike. He even seems to imply that her being so pleased with her life is yet more proof that there's something wrong with her. Of course Constance is wretched, because she does not have that one thing that, in Lawrence's view, really matters in life - not Mellors, but Mellors' equipment. This book does degenerate into phallus-worship, which makes the author's hostility toward "druglike" pleasures seem sort of ironically comical.

    Hilda is pathetic precisely because she can derive enjoyment from sensual pleasures: from Venice, from the feel of the sun, from jazz, from dancing. This seems weird to me - as if Lawrence is punishing the uppity woman. Hilda is also described as worse than pathetic - she is a "user", with strong suggestions that she is cold and immoral - because she enjoys that part of dancing which allows her to press up against a strange man, only to walk away when the dance is over. (This may be why at least one reviewer called the book sexist, since obviously Lawrence doesn't mind if Mellors is callous and behaves as a "user".)

    It's actually sort of creepy how an author who seems to be claiming that sensuality is good consistently knocks sensual pleasures like the feel of sunshine on one's body. Everything is stupid except sex - and not just any sex, but his notion of real sex.

    This is where astute readers will have the most trouble. Lawrence clearly defines a "real" woman - Constance Chatterly - by contrasting her with bad examples.

    A woman who lays there "unfeeling" is clearly an example. Such a woman is described in terms suggesting she lacks warmth/decency/heart/womanhood/etc. Lawrence doesn't even seem to have considered the possibility that maybe what the man is or isn't doing could even be related; it's presented quite clearly as a difference between good/desireable women vs. women who are defective not only physically, but in character.

    On the other hand, a woman with an unfeminine urge to be In Control - that is, one who insists on moving herself, rather than sitting passive and letting the man do what he will - is forgivable when Michaelis is the male (because he's premature, and meant to be pathetic), but it turns unforgiveable when it's women in general and especially Mellor's Bertha, who just refused to come when she should out of spite. Bertha just had a sick (!) urge to be In Control, demonstrating her essentially vicious and pathological nature. The only thing Mellors did wrong was to not put her in her place promptly - he "spoilt" her.

    As for all those touchy-feely things that women so frequently enjoy? Forget it. Lawrence suggests that Mellors does at least sometimes kiss and touch, but if it happens at all it appears to be mostly incidental, nothing important. A Real Woman doesn't need foreplay. Just hop on and go, and if she's what she ought to be, she'll feel crashing waves and dark tides sooner or later.

    These were what I found the most embarrassingly inaccurate - that a woman's duty is to lie there, not too passive, but not too active, and come when she's supposed to (and if she doesn't, it's her own fault); while a man's job is to climb on top and "perform". All of this is based on what ought to be a perfectly logical set of assumptions that are, unfortunately, not true. The truth is that a woman's vagina is not the equal-but-opposite inverse of a male penis; there's a thing that both males and females start out with, which in a man becomes the penis, and in the woman becomes (or remains) a clitoris. Lawrence seems to assume that what a woman feels is similar to what a man feels - but he assigns this feeling to the wrong body part.

    Women have always known about their own bodies; surely a man so dedicated to the advancement of sexuality could have and should have taken more time to research how women really feel about things, preferably apart from what women think men "want to hear". This, too, is no doubt why it has been accused of being "sexist". The author (or at least Mellors) openly blames women who cannot or will not "come to the crisis" when she ought, as if it were entirely of the woman's doing and had nothing at all to do with the man.

    It's also likely that science will eventually prove (if it hasn't already) that women like Constance Chatterly are not the norm or 'what a woman ought to be' emotionally as well as physically. For all that Lawrence spends an awful lot of energy ripping apart what he sees as silly, even noxious emotions and desires - such as "intimacy" and "connection", both of which he has Constance openly ridicule - biologists are increasingly finding that not only do men and women tend to have different feelings and expectations when it comes to the sex act, but that there is believed to be an evolutionary advantage in these differences, based on the notion that a man's biological job is to get his DNA out there, while reproduction for a woman involves a heavy emotional and physical commitment. If this is true, it would be the woman who takes such a cavalier and reckless attitude toward sex who is the deviant, not the one who wants to connect emotionally with the future sire of her child.

    So - while there may or may not be women who feel as Constance does, at the same time it's not so clearly obvious that a woman "should" feel that way, as to justify Lawrence's open belittling of women whose emotional states don't match masculine emotional detachment and distance.

    There's a lot of talk of "tenderness" - in fact, Constance keeps mentally accusing everyone in Venice of somehow "lacking tenderness" - but quite frankly I am unclear on what exactly is supposed to be so tender. The only thing he values about her is that he quite clearly likes having sex with her, but even there she only stands out particularly because a good sex partner is so difficult to find.

    I can imagine a woman putting up with - but I cannot imagine a woman particularly treasuring - a man who rebuffs her when she wishes to talk, who is rude to her instead of treating her as equal (remembering she's a Lady) when she asks him questions, who calls her c--t as if that were her name, and generally treats her as if she were a whore. I could imagine a woman finding this fun if it were a game they jumped into and out of, but this is how their relationship really is; she spends far too much time begging or wanting to beg him for reassurance - for the things he won't say and the questions he won't answer - for me to find her undiluted enjoyment in their relationship particularly credible.

    For what it's worth, I think life will be better when this book has become obsolete. It is exactly this sort of schlock that had women feeling pressured to fake their sexual responses - at great cost to their marriages, if not their selves. Those who agree that heppiness is linked to sexual satisfaction should be in favor of replacing this book with something that deals with sex in a way that reflects female sexuality in an honest and realistic fashion. As for those who just want a good read - I'd call it a matter of personal taste. Obviously some people enjoy this book. (Equally obviously, I did not.)...more info
  • Complex and Beautiful
    I read Lady Chatterly's lover for the first time in high school, and to be honest, it was more for the juicy bits than anything else. Five years later, though, it was an aside from a professor during a lecture on Nabokov that convinced me to pick it up again.

    This was the first novel that I'd read where I truly felt an inner conflict brewing - but in a good way. Lady Chatterly's Lover, though banned for its immorality on its publication, is a book that will force a person to question their own morality and moral judgements, and perhaps rethink them.

    It is a story of a young woman married to an older man who is confined to a wheel chair due to a war wound. Her husband and she have a respectful relationship, though she does not love him, and though he may love her, he is not particularly attentive. To cure her boredom and satisfy her libido, she turns to adultery. Her first lover is a egotistical Irish writer, but she leaves him quickly over "performance" issues. She finds herself attracted to Oliver, the gamekeeper on her husband's estate. They continue the affair under the nose of her husband, who, afraid that she will leave him, pretends not to notice.

    Lawrence's writing is sublime, to say the least. His descriptions of the estate are picture perfect, and each scene is told almost cinematically. The characters are perfectly developed; you can feel Lady Chatterly's inner turmoil in the beginning of the novel as she copes with caring for her husband and her unsatisfied libido, without any social outlets but her husband's friends. As she begins her affair with Oliver, you notice how that tension that she held is slowly released - and how her husband, paralyzed and coping with a wife who spends less and less time with him, absorbs this tension. Beautiful read. ...more info
  • SURVIVING ON THE RUMORS OF ITS SORDID REPUTATION
    I heard about this book growing up but didn't read it until just recently (a middle-aged adult) and I have to agree with so many other reviewers who feel its popularity largely stems from the time period in which it was written, i.e., it was SO SHOCKING AND DISGUSTING! Such filth! I mean, that's why I heard about the book when I was growing up. But as so many others have already pointed out, it is tame by today's standards. I also have to agree with another reviewer who wrote that the "female protagonist is completely a male fantasy. The book's message is simply that men like women who are able to climax at the same time as their partners without any need for foreplay or other effort on the man's part..." Now, you see, what struck me about Sir Clifford's situation, and Lady Chatterley's, for that matter, is if they really loved each other, his paralysis from the waist down wouldn't have had to put a stop to his supplying her with orgasms; there ARE other things that can be done, yes? In fact, quite possibly Connie would have had an orgasm for the first time! (Ahem, women readers will know what I mean.) But Clifford treated Connie poorly. With or without the lack of sex issue, I think she would have been emotionally open to an affair anyway. Which to me, just goes to show that a man wrote the book...a man totally out of touch with what really makes a woman tick. ...more info
  • Couragous Novel; Lawrence is still right about sex
    People are often confused about sex, not only when this novel was written, but even in this seemingly oversexed era.

    DH Lawrence wrote this lyric and sensual book, where the heroine Lady Chatterley, who was well-born and well bred, happens to be married to an invalid, whose injuries were sustained in World War I. Her husband is a baronet, Sir Clifford.

    The love interest in the book is Sir Clifford's gamekeeper. Connie Chatterley is not a virgin when she has this affair, but Mellors, (the gamekeeper) awakens her to life, to higher consciousness that comes with tender lovemaking.

    It would be insultingly simplistic to say that Lawrence believed lovemaking is really the solution to the poison of industry, mechanization, and lack of awareness and connectedness to one's environment. Although the invalid and sexually incapable Sir Clifford is a symbol of the impotence of modern mechanization, Lawrence believed that lovemaking is only the solution when it's done right. In other words, with tenderness. The author was certainly not advocating misogyny or meaningless sex. He was saying, with sexual love where the lovers have body awareness, as opposed to cerebral awareness, which is from the mind, only part of the body.

    Do we have too much sex in our age? What Lawrence would probably say, is that we have too much cerebral sex. We are not connected to our lovemaking.

    This book is not pornography. Any one who believes that it is porno should read Lawrence's essay entitled "Pornography", where Lawrence ridicules pornography. Why? Because it does dirt on sex; it makes sex look dirty. In reality, pornographers hate sex; they make it look ugly and trite.

    In a digital internet age, like the industrial age of the 1920s, there is no connectedness with the body and the world. Our age is filled with pornography but not filled with the kind of sex Lawrence believed in. The search continues.
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  • Erotic, but Inconclusive
    I've been catching up on classics by taking advantage of the Barnes & Noble "Buy Two, Get One Free," and started with LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER. Instead of being generic paperback volumes, each book has an new introduction along with explanatory footnotes and interesting appendixes.

    Anyway, I finished LADY but had some misgivings about the novel. I didn't care for the ending because I felt the story just sputtered out. From what I understand, Lawrence was dying at the time he was writing this, so can anyone better versed in his life tell me if this was a factor? (Or did I just miss something?)

    I realize that he was trying to say something new about sexuality, and that the brazen affair between Connie and Mellors wouldn't necessarily end in despair and death, but it felt like a lot was left hanging. I felt that most of the novel was constructed very well, but I didn't get that feeling by the end.

    I also now know that Andrew Dice Clay could've scored a respectable country lady if he had lived 100 years ago.

    I felt that there was a conflict between Connie and Mellors that was only touched on but not played out: she was quite in love with him for his crude way of discussing sex and his "tenderness" in lovemaking, but he never appeared to feel very deeply for her. At times, he even sounded dismissive of any feelings at all. And the vulgar way in which he talked to her hardly sounded like a great lover but more of a disrespectful player, so it was hard to want to see these two end up together.
    (I also questioned Mellors' honesty at the way he kept turning on and off his accent).

    I'm glad I read it, but I wouldn't put it up with MADAME BOVARY or even Henry Miller's TROPIC OF CANCER.
    But I will buy the DVD of the English mini-series directed by Ken Russell and check that out....more info
  • "Gaa...NI-NI-NI...fa....INDIANS!"
    The Great D.H. Lawrence's final work, "Lady Chatterly's Lover" is also his most notorious because of the obscenity trial which followed, and the fact that the book was banned in England from the time of its publication which was in 1928 (the year Lawrence's idol Thomas Hardy left us) until 1960.

    Why the strange title? Well, you probably have not seen the wonderful film "Easy Rider." Well if that is true, you are missing out, my friend and dear reader. If I had not seen that classic, I would've never "discovered" the GREAT D.H. Lawrence. You see, the great actor Jack Nicholson in one of his most famous roles mentions D.H. Lawrence before he takes a drink.

    I wish I could read this classic masterpiece by one of the greatest writers Britain ever produced (and considering Britain has the greatest writers who ever lived, that's saying something)

    That's all I have to say my dear readers. I hope to have the pleasure again of speaking to you about the joy of D.H. Lawrence or his idol, the GREAT Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)....but that's another review.

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  • Proof some people have issues...
    This book was SO moving. It brought up a few important issues, like sex, sex, sex, sex, sex, and guess what?Sex!It is disgusting how the world has become nowadays. It's disgraceful! God-fearing people, stay away from this book!!!!
    It's trash for your mind and brings up perverted topics. You shouldn't read this book. We didn't. It's a book of scandal, corruption, seduction, and SIN!!!!...more info
  • A literary classic of the 20th century
    Constance Chatterley, a beautiful and passionate woman, is deeply unhappy in her marriage to Sir Clifford Chatterley who became an invalid after having been injured in the First World War. His physical condition is mirrored in Constance's emotional paralysis. When she meets the gamekeeper Mellors, she finds refuge in his arms and feels regenerated. Together they shield themselves from the chaos of the outer world and move to the sanctum of the inner world of fulfilment.
    The character of Constance is an interesting one because there is a certain complexity in her: she is both in touch with nature, yet educated; sensitive, yet wise; female in her sensitivity, yet almost male in her strength and attitude. She is a woman with a social position who is drawn to an outsider of a lower class. The structure of the novel is also interesting because it shows three stages in Constance's relationship with her husband and Mellors. In the first phase, she denies her husband, responding to a failed marriage, she finds refuge with Mellors. Then begins the second stage when Constance regenerates in the peaceful world of her lover's hut. Finally in the third stage, she escapes the world of Wragby Hall as she leaves for a holiday to Venice. There she takes the resolution never to return to Clifford's world. This resolution is taken all the more easily by Constance because being away from Wragby Hall she can reconsider her commitment to Mellors while their relationship is gradually exposed as a scandal which really prevents her from returning to her husband. Then the novel's central struggle shifts from that between a Lady and a gamekeeper to that between Constance's and Mellor's commitment to each other and the forces hostile to their relationship.
    Constance's transformations occur in an set of tensions and an artistic dualism: tenderness against apathy, nature against culture, wood against stone, flesh against intellect, frankness against manipulation or fertility against sterility. These tensions strongly mark the first phase of the novel where Wragby Hall symbolises sterility and spiritual and emotional apathy, will and intellectual control; the hut symbolises the free play of the instinct and sensual pleasure, the haven of tenderness. The two worlds cannot interact: Clifford intrudes into nature with his mechanical wheelchair as much as Mellors is an intruder and outsider inside Wragby Hall. Perhaps the most striking opposition is that between silence and talk. As Constance and Mellors retreat into the sheltered world of the hut, the author insists on the stillness and the silence of the place, focuses on the internal and emotional feelings since both characters are fugitives from "the outer world of chaos." That's why enclosures are so present in the novel: the hut, the clearing, the cottage, an enclosed yard, a bedroom, as many shelters from psychological suffering. Mellors is "afraid of society" whereas Constance recoils from the "insanity of the whole civilised species." They both linger in pure silence, even anonymity since they hardly ever call each other by name.
    D.H. Lawrence's critics have deplored the numerous love making scenes in which Constance and Mellors induldge and which are described in a surprisingly open language, considering the epoch in which the novel was published. But these scenes show how Constance is "reborn", how sex is the act that most completely unites a man and a woman and its power of renewal is attuned to day, season or year - it is in this novel the most regenerative experience possible. There is indeed strong hope that John Thomas will be reunited with lady Jane in the future! In this sense, "Lady Chatterley's Lover" ranks among the 20th century most extraordinary achievements....more info
  • A Classic for the Modern Reader
    I had always been under the impression that this book was written long, long, LONG ago. Even though it was written in the past with many other societal influences that actually deemed it inappopriate for the US market, almost every single word and ideal still applies, and so profoundly applies! We need every young man and woman, every politician, every puritanical joker or influence on social law to read this.

    D.H. Lawrence was a man ahead of his time. He had it all figured out: the difficulties and attraction between men and women, the differences between love and sex, the differences between the classes and cultures, and the how and why of our everyday human afflictions that plague us from childhood on. So many views and ideals are inserted into the text that I can't begin to list them, but they're all incredibly important. If only we, as modern generations, could read, consider, and adapt these principles and understandings. The world would truly be a different place.

    Lawrence gives me new faith in the genre of fiction itself. Never have I seen so much taught in a single made-up volume since reading Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. Lady Chatterley's Lover is a work that touches upon and attempts to free of us of all our associated qualms from freedom of speech and sexual expression to the institution of marriage and judgment of others.

    I agree with authors of erotica and advocates of sexual freedom who promote this book as a must-read, but must also add it to the list of must-reads for the entire population. It's not just about love and sex, but about life, being true to yourself, and relating to your fellow man....more info
  • A masterpiece in several respects.
    DH Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover remains infamous for the explicit description of sexual encounters between a upper class housewife and a laborer, and eventhough it features among the top lists of the novels written in last centuty, like many others I started reading it with suspicision. What I found was a world with vividly described characters, a frank writing to the degree it talks about all aspects of human emotion, and sexual ones too. Unlike the mainstream writers before him, Lawrence writes a powerful and passionate novel, full of sensuality and natural bursts of energy. So in some respects it is a mature novel, but it if neither porno, nor as sexual by modern standards as it was made out to be in early last century. In fact, by present standards, it does not shock any grown ups, maybe can provide the shock shared by people in 1930s and 1940s to enthusiastic readers in late teenage or early twenties, or for someone whose diet was entirely Victorian before this.

    So after you get through and over with your own the prejudices and the infamous part, you start to see why Lawrence is one writer from the last century you just should not miss. His description of nature, of forests, of people, emotions, thoughts and actions of both men and women, his references to class struggles, his lyrical style and most importantly the similies swept me off my feet. His words move before your eyes, recreating beautiful imagery, reconstructing (the infamous) Connie, the laborer Mellors or Connie's cripple husband Clifford as completely humanly, falling, fearless or failing, sexually charged or bored or incapable, imaginative, passionate or hateful, lively, lusty or invalid, very lifelike people! The choice of these three characters provides him the ideal meat to create such beautiful poetic, intense prose. So much so, that after finishing this novel you rush off to the store and find yet another Lawrence level. (Picked Rainbow, was equally delighted and amazed:), but that is another story)!

    I think the most important part of this novel is the sheer brilliance of the style in which it is written. Poetic short sentences, with astute comparisons and frank expression, run from sentence to sentence, and sway you in a strong current of his writing, while you are not only enjoying the ride, but also noticing the beautiful, changing, evolving scenery that you encounter at each instant. This is indeed a rich novel, packed with a natural beauty of human emotions and likes and dislikes, with poetic fervor of the writer that will grip any reader with the beauty of his prose. Unlike most other famous novels, this novel is written in simple English, is short in length, readable at breakneck speed, though so charged and passionate that you have to stop to breathe every few pages, and very open and direct, and yet has exceedingly introspective characters, the progression of their thoughts and feelings are inetgral part of the novel.

    Read it. Sexuality is no more than found on any adult rating moved these days. Beauty of prose one of the best of the authors of last century. If you have always loved 19th century authors, read most of the romantic classics by Bronte sisters, Austen, Dickens or Thackerey, read this novel and notice why Lawrence shocks and yet the brilliance of his work soon shifts the spotlight to his name into one of the most important novelists of last century....more info
  • boring n not for teens
    D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover is a good book but it's not for me or other teenagers my age. I think that the book is better for adults more because of all the detailed sexual contents that were in the book. When I was reading it the information just went in and out of my head. I didn't care much about it because I didn't understand some of the sexual contents were talking about, also there was too much of it that I just got sick of it. There were parts in the book where Lawrence could have just cut short and so that we can just get to the ending faster. He just kept dragging the story on and on, and most of the things were the pretty much the same and only differences was the setting. I wasn't able to finish the book unless I skipped some of the nonsense that was in there. The book got really boring because Lawrence just kept writing the same things over and over again. There was also a lot of nonsense and when I finished the book I was like "that was stupid" "what a waste of my time". Like I said earlier, I recommend this book to adults that like romance and that doesn't mean reading all these sexual contents that is in it....more info
  • what a boring book
    This book is famous for it's descriptive sex scenes. Everyone in Britain ran out to buy a copy after the 1960 trial that ruled the book was not obscene under the law and that Penguin had a right to publish the book in its entirety. But while it may have been sexually explicit for it's time, it's rather tame by 21st Century standards. And in any case, the sexual relations between Lady Chatterley and Mellors take up a proportionally small amount of the book. What everyone always seems to overlook is that this book is overall dreadfully boring. There are whole chapters devoted to completely asinine conversations that have no bearing on the story and make no sense. Such as Chapter 4, where several characters have a mind-numbingly dull conversation about Bolshevism. My advice, just skip these chapters. You'll finish the book a lot faster and you'll probably find it more entertaining. Still, I've never been a big fan of Lawrence and I think his books are all pretty dull and uninteresting. This is probably the most interesting of the lot (which isn't saying much), for the very reason that created all the controversy to begin with: a story of real humans having real experiences. Imagine that....more info
  • Prurience as an artistic goal
    "Lady Chatterley's Lover" is, I suppose, D.H. Lawrence's most famous novel, which is a shame because compared to his earlier masterpieces "Sons and Lovers," "The Rainbow," and "Women in Love" it's really not very good. It achieved its fame as one of the most censored novels in history, and the legal battles for its completely unexpurgated publication continued for decades after Lawrence's death in 1930. As far as I can tell, the censorship was caused not so much by the subject--the extramarital affairs of a woman trapped in a celibate marriage--but by the explicitly erotic scenes of sexual intercourse and especially the language, which were very daring for the time.

    Lawrence sets the stage portentously on the very first page by introducing Lady Connie Chatterley's husband, the baronet Sir Clifford, as having been wounded serving in World War I, paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life. With this limiting premise, in what direction could the story go other than Connie's quest to fulfill her need for a sexual relationship? She turns her romantic attention first to an unromantic Irish playwright named Michaelis and then to Clifford's gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors, who is separated from a jealous, neurotic wife, while Lawrence describes the sexual encounters with considerable poetic panache. Lawrence labors nobly to make these characters interesting, but they never seem like more than cardboard cutouts of the fuller figures he so richly developed in his three major novels. They are simple people with simple thoughts and desires; their conversations are dreadfully boring.

    It is surprising for a novel of such risque reputation to contain almost no surprises, but there are a few notable moments, most of which unfortunately serve to illustrate Clifford's impotence in more areas than just sexual. His wheelchair is motorized, and when one day while on a walk the motor fails and Connie and Mellors have to struggle to push him up a hill, Clifford fumes at his helplessness, his mobility at the mercy of others. This is a long, agonizing scene which seems intended to make the reader uncomfortable by cruelly emphasizing the disparity in power between the two men in Connie's life, the wealthy paraplegic and the poor but ambulatory stud. Could Lawrence have been less subtle? Did he feel, two thirds of the way into the novel, that his point had not yet been made clearly?

    The narrative also suffers from some carelessly bad prose characterized by awkwardly worded metaphors ("The fine flower of their intimacy was to her rather like an orchid, a bulb stuck parasitic on her tree of life, and producing, to her eyes, a rather shabby flower.") and extraneous misoneism about the urbanization of post-World War I England caused by increasing industrialization; but I could overlook these flaws if the story had given me something more than a prurient attempt to lament the disintegration of the significance of modern marriage. What I got was a D.H. Lawrence who was not firing on all cylinders. The man wrote some great novels, but "Lady Chatterley's Lover" is not one of them.
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  • Difficult
    Difficult to concentrate on, due to headaches and the fact that the narrative wasn't lively enough. Next... (C)...more info
  • An emotionally profound book full of insight................
    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. DH Lawrence you could say was ahead of his time or you could say came at just the right time either way you should read his work.

    This particular book had a introduction and forward written by others that was very insightful. Also, an afterword written by DH Lawrence himself that again extremely insightful. It is hard to beleive he was sick through out the writing and publication of this book that is wonderfully written. Perhaps that is why it is so sad. He kind of says live your life to the fullest in love and sex for life is too short....more info

  • Sensual and raw, subtle and forthright, a true classic
    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....more info
  • A hint of great books to come
    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)....more info
  • --First published in the 1920's--
    The beauty of belonging to a reading group is that everyone is exposed to books that they might not normally read. I don't think that I would have considered reading this book except that it was the choice of my book club.

    Well, this story was not really what I expected at all. Constance, Lady Chatterley is a rather likeable person who is trapped in a sad and boring life. What happens to her and her lover is something neither really anticipated nor expected. The book starts in 1917 and at the time when it was first published, the subject matter of LADY CHATTERLEY's LOVER was considered to be totally shocking and unacceptable.

    Yes, a few parts of the book have rather crude passages, and language, but Lady Chatterley herself is a very sympathetic character. The style of writing used by D. H. Lawrence is very descriptive and the pace of the story is probably a little slower than modern readers are used to. Aside from some offensive language, I think that this was a rather interesting, but very depressing book. Many of the characters seemed to be lacking in any kind of a moral code and I found most of the men in the story to be rather despicable....more info
  • Comment on Industrialisation
    Connie Chatterley's life is droll and boring with her handicapped husband in the industrial wasteland of post-WWI England. She soon starts an affair with the gruff estate games-keeper, Mellors.

    The entire book seems to me a direct attack on industrialisation, keeping with that theme (industrialisation v. nature) in Lord Chatterley and Mellors; Connie (perhaps she is the embodiment of the people in our culture) knows what she wants, but is still torn.

    There is a small scene where Lord Chatterley takes his motorised chair out into the park, and it gets stuck in the mud. He refuses help from Connie or Mellors several times, but when he finally gives up, he ingraciously orders Mellors (who is ill) to push his chair out of the mud. Connie looks down at the muddy tyre marks, and sees all the crushed little bluebells.

    It's almost like industrialisation doesn't really work, but we feel like it *must*, so we insist that it's fine and there's nothing else we need acknowledge. Sooner or later, however, we're going to throw our hands up and say "Fine! You were right. Push the damn chair." And only then will we see the damage we've done....more info