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Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)

by D. H. Lawrence

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I am shocked that I enjoyed this. My father - a non-reader - always held DH Lawrence as his standard for unreadable books. While I certainly love reading more than him, I tend to agree with his assessments to a less passionate degree (writes he says aren't half bad, I love, writers he's dislikes, I enjoy, writers he hates, I dislike, etc.). I really liked this though. It felt so oddly anachronistic - like a modern author *trying* to write a regency-era romance - it created a pleasantly jarring experience. I was so confused the first few scenes - I couldn't fathom when this book took place or was written. I was shocked to find it was in the early days of the Depression. ( )
  benuathanasia | Mar 16, 2017 |
Misogyny abound. Regardless, it's quite hilarious. The first time I read this all I remembered was sex and chickens. This time around I picked up on much more. The narration by John Lee was perfect. ( )
  kemilyh1988 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Set in England in 1928, ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Sep 20, 2016 |
Lady Constance Chatterley marries her husband shortly before World War I. He returns from the war paralyzed from the waist down. Their relationship continues to stagnant in the countryside until she has an affair with their gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. The book was considered incredibly racy it was published in 1928. The full novel wasn’t even published in England until 1960. I decided to read this because it’s one of the most banned books of all time.

To me, the novel was a gross simplification of love. Physical love is part of relationships, but it’s not the only element. Lawrence seemed to think that without the physical connection there was no way that Constance and her husband Clifford could ever love each other. Her superficial connection with Oliver never rang true to me.

Oliver Mellors’ character was hard to stomach. He’s racist, homophobic, selfish, and quick to lose his temper. The only thing Constance actually has in common with him is their mutual physical attraction. It’s hard to believe Lawrence’s premise that this is the most powerful relationship she can have. It would be more believable if Constance had an affair with him, began to understand the importance of the physical side of relationships and then found someone that satisfied both the physical and mental desires that she had.

BOTTOM LINE: It’s a classic and I’m glad I read it, but it’s definitely not a new favorite. Lawrence writes some beautiful passages, but the characters and the plot fell short. ( )
  bookworm12 | Aug 26, 2016 |
Era il primo libro "scandalo" che leggevo. Ma di scandaloso non c'era proprio ninte. Il che mi fa pensare: non mi scandalizza più niente? ( )
  cloentrelibros | Aug 23, 2016 |
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Publisher's dedication : "......to the twelve jurors who returned a verdict of 'Not Guilty' [on 2 November, 1960] and thus made D.H. Lawrence's last novel available for the first time to the public in the United Kindom"
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Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
Náš věk je v podstatě tragický, a tak ho odmítáme tragicky brát.
Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new litle habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble ver the obstacles. We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.
Katastrofa se přehnala, stojíme mezi troskami, začínáme si budovat nová bydlišťátka, chovat nové nadějičky. Je to pořádná dřina: do budoucnosti dnes nevede žádná hladká silnice, místo toho obcházíme nebo přelézáme překážky. Musíme žít bez ohledu na to, kolik obloh se nám zhroutilo. (s. 7)
The beautiful pure freedom of a woman was infnitely more wonderful than any sexual love. The only unfortunate thing was that men lagged so far behind women in the matter. They insisted on the sex thing like dogs.
Daly se tedy darem, každá tomu mládenci, se kterým vedla nejchytřejší a nejdůvěrnější diskuse. Diskuse a debaty byly to hlavní; milování a tělesné spojení bylo jen jakýmsi návratem k primitivitě s určitou dávkou zklamání. (s. 10)
"No, I don't hate you," she said. "I think you're nice." - "Ah!" he said to her fiercely, "I'd rather you said that to me than said you love me! It means such a lot more..."
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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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"This...text...chronicles the affair between Constance Chatterley and the gamekeeper Mellors and includes the author's "A Propos of Lady Chatterley's Lover," his final thoughts on the male-female relationship in the modern world."

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