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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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6 out of 27 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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  • Posted July 21, 2012

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    Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence Plot: The story conc

    Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence

    Plot:

    The story concerns a young married woman, Constance (Lady Chatterley)--née Constance Reid--whose upper-class husband--Clifford Chatterley--has been paralyzed due to a war injury. Constance--Connie--was brought along her sister Hilda--amongst intellectuals and had lost her virginity as a teenager. She was a well educated and free spirited woman who could hold her own in a conversation with men.

    Clifford was a a shy man, who was the younger brother--Herbert being the oldest--and was unhappy with inheriting the money and title when Herbert was killed in WWI. He took a wife at the insistence of his father--Sir Geoffrey--and married Connie, after his sister--Emma--rejected the idea of marrying her own brother. Clifford had a one month honeymoon with Connie, and went to war. He survived it paralyzed from the waist down, thus unable to function sexually and fulfill his obligation of creating a heir to the family.

    In addition to Clifford's physical limitations, his emotional neglect of Constance forces distance between the couple. Clifford asks Connie to father a child with another man, hopefully from the same social class as the Chatterley's. Connie's sexual frustration leads her into an affair with the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. The class difference between the couple highlights a major motif of the novel which is the unfair dominance of intellectuals over the working class.

    The novel is about Constance's realization that she cannot live with the mind alone; she must also be alive physically. This realization stems from a heightened sexual experience Constance has only felt with Mellors, proving that love can only happen with the element of the body, not the mind. thus at the end she decides to leave Clifford and marry Oliver.

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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, his caring nurse, after Connie has left.

    It is a slow read, bordering on the boring....

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    Not worth the time

    I found this book to be EXTREMELY hard to read. There is nothing in it that really got my attention and kept it where I wanted to keep reading. The affair is uneventful, they really don't know eachother and yet they fall in love. The descriptions in the book are lacking, I had no idea what the time frame was nor what the surroundings were like. I picked this book for my bookclub off the other reviews on here and was very disappointed.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    too wordy

    I suppose for the time in which this book was written that it was consider racy. but not by today's standards. Guess I do not care for D. H. Lawrence's writing.

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  • Posted May 19, 2011

    Didnt capture my attention. Couldnt finish it .

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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