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Lady Chatterley's Lover (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

A 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 beforehan...
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 risqué 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. 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.

posted by BANCHEE_READS on September 13, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

6 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

For those who are curious to delve the "banned or controversial" advertised

This is not a book for everyone, and it's certainly not for me. That's the clear conclusion I arrived at when I reached page 150-300 (I don't remember the exact page number that I wished I never started reading). What lured me was my love for Victorian inspired writing ...
This is not a book for everyone, and it's certainly not for me. That's the clear conclusion I arrived at when I reached page 150-300 (I don't remember the exact page number that I wished I never started reading). What lured me was my love for Victorian inspired writing into the early 1900's, the plot, and my curiosity of the words "BANNED"--what could really be that awful that a book could be forbidden to the public in 1928 right? Oh there is plenty but what really sent me over the edge was the foul offensive language that any woman in any generation would blush at and slap anyone who mouthed such filthy obscenities. Once I read a whole two chapters filled with the main character being called and referred to in such a perverse way then I was finished with Mr. Lawrence. If not only for the disgusting language/ descriptions, add the poor story line, and sorted ideas of love and passion where they can be summed into a continuous roll around a dirty floor while dogs and chickens watch. How on earth is this romantic? To all those potential readers who are curious, please don't be lured and fooled into thinking this is a mislabeled book, what is horribly offensive in 1928 is still relevant in 2010.

posted by -LadyinWriting on August 10, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2010

    For those who are curious to delve the "banned or controversial" advertised

    This is not a book for everyone, and it's certainly not for me. That's the clear conclusion I arrived at when I reached page 150-300 (I don't remember the exact page number that I wished I never started reading). What lured me was my love for Victorian inspired writing into the early 1900's, the plot, and my curiosity of the words "BANNED"--what could really be that awful that a book could be forbidden to the public in 1928 right? Oh there is plenty but what really sent me over the edge was the foul offensive language that any woman in any generation would blush at and slap anyone who mouthed such filthy obscenities. Once I read a whole two chapters filled with the main character being called and referred to in such a perverse way then I was finished with Mr. Lawrence. If not only for the disgusting language/ descriptions, add the poor story line, and sorted ideas of love and passion where they can be summed into a continuous roll around a dirty floor while dogs and chickens watch. How on earth is this romantic? To all those potential readers who are curious, please don't be lured and fooled into thinking this is a mislabeled book, what is horribly offensive in 1928 is still relevant in 2010.

    6 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Banned for being bad!

    This was a horrible book! Read it because of the bann when it was written. There was some swearing that i guess is why it was banned but the rest of it was boring and hard to follow, made no sense in some parts. Just run on with nonsense. Not worth reading.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2013

    don't bother

    disappointing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Boring.

    Nothing much happened.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2012

    Rip off!

    I want to read this book, but only got 2 chapters with my purchase! How do I get a refund?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 20, 2012

    Couldn't read font

    I was unable to read this due to the size of the font. I was unable to enlarge the font. I was looking forward to reading this, but again was unable to do so.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2007

    It's just too graphic!

    I was entirely disgusted with this book. It was extremely graphic. I would NOT advise ANY age group to read this book.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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