Lady Chatterley's Lover [NOOK Book]

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a novel by D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1928. The first edition was printed privately in Florence, Italy, with assistance from Pino Orioli; an unexpurgated edition could not be published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960.
The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable words.
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Overview

a novel by D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1928. The first edition was printed privately in Florence, Italy, with assistance from Pino Orioli; an unexpurgated edition could not be published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960.
The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable words.
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  • BN ID: 2940015792966
  • Publisher: Unforgotten Classics
  • Publication date: 11/29/2012
  • Series: Unforgotten Classics , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,402,595
  • File size: 423 KB

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  • Posted September 13, 2009

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    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 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.

    16 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2010

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    One of my favorite classics!

    This book originally caught my interest because of it being a "banned" book. I read it for the first time at seventeen in the throes of young love, and I'm pleased to announce that it still delights me! It is the tale of a woman who is married but not physically fulfilled, and the ensuing consequences of her taking up with her invalid husband's gamekeeper. Their conversations are very much like the kind between a man and woman, and it's remarkable Lawrence's ability to write the thoughts from a woman's point of view. His descriptions of Connie examining her own body, and the sex from her point of view are amazing. He was obviously a very empathetic man! This is a very enjoyable romance, and I recommend it highly.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Don't Stop at the surface...

    I¿ll admit it. I picked up D.H. Lawrence¿s Lady Chatterley's Lover hoping to be aroused by early 20th century erotica but I was sourly disappointed. Lawrence¿s prose is bloated and over done and often at odds with the modernist dialogue. The love scenes were vague and at times comical enough to draw comparisons with a modern day bodice ripper. If I had stopped just at the surface of this book--looked at only its disgruntled narrator, bad prose and vague love scenes I can see why it was panned by critics and banned by others at home and abroad as obscene. But looking deeper the parts that were obscene didn¿t have anything to do with sex. The Victorian ideal women was to protect and serve and above all sacrifice her body, her heart and her mind to her children, her husband and society--to deviate from this norm meant tragedy. Lawrence turns this ideal on its head. Connie Chatterley's illicit love and selfishness does not end tragically, but awakens her body and mind like spring.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    5 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2004

    It's not just about the sex...

    It so odd, the way people respond to this book. One would think that it was 19th century porn the way they go on. Yes, the few sex scnes are lovely, deliciously written but, come on, what about the social commentary and the psychological onion that unfolds as she realizes the truth about the kind of person her husband is and her own personal awakiening. And what about the world around them, England on the cusp of social and technological evolution? All of this is deliciously written and elegantly explored - so is the sex, but seriously, the good sex is only a couple of torrid pages in the rain. This novel has been sold short by its reputation. Maybe it's because I read it as an adult on a whim and not as a young student in a class that I read into the depth of this novel, I don't know. Anyone who had to read it in school, should read it again because your teacher and your work load sould you short on what's here. I'm repeating myself. but the sex is merely a lovely side street.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2008

    Beautiful

    A story of love and betrayal laced with evasive sexual encounters. I think this is probably one of the very best books that I have ever read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2006

    Old school erotica.

    This book was written quite a while ago, however, that doesn't mean it's not good. While the sex in the book is somewhat tame and you have to 'read between the lines', it's the authors wording that make this book so very special. It's beautifully written and easy to read. I also loved his short stories, too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2002

    Lawrence's "banned book" proves to be attention grabbing

    For my English class, we are required to read one classic of our choice. We had been doing research on banned books, and "Lady Chatterley's Lover" caught my eye as one classic I might like to read. Expecting it to be extremely formal in style and diction, I often found myself surprised at what Lawrence wrote. I had never imagined sex being described in detail in such a formal manner. The book proved to be an exciting one to read and I was much impressed by the thoughts the book stimulated, about such things as women's roles and feelings, what love is from both the physical and emotional stadpoints, success, money, and the social classes. While I don't agree with Lady Chatterley's affair, I can see and understand her reasons for engaging in such a relationship. This book is quite a shocker if you think classics are dull or proper.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Good book, bad digital conversion

    So very many typos. But you can get the jist. No use discussing the book, it is classic literature and I enjoy this story, but there will be others that just don't get it. The actual digital conversion of this classic is poorly done with many typos.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted September 21, 2011

    Not bad not great

    It's definitely an oldie. Not quite a goodie. I won't read it again. It was written a long time ago and was considered erotic for it's time. It ended a little puzzling and that was the big turn off for me. I read all that crap and didn't really get any closure. It's a book you really want to be finished with! Did I mention how hung up on sex men and women were back in those days.......

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2010

    True Classic Romance

    This is a must read for anyone who reads romance novels. This was my second reading for Lady Chatterley's Lover and still find it the most touching and sensual book I've ever read. You'll remember the love scenes long after you finish the book. Enjoy!!

    1 out of 3 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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  • 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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  • Posted November 9, 2012

    I've just finished this book, and I have to say that it was pret

    I've just finished this book, and I have to say that it was pretty good. It's the first time that I have read D. H. Lawrence's work and I've now become really interested in his other books. One of the reasons that I picked up this book was because I had seen it in a list of banned books previously. There are moments where I felt like I was rereading old chapters, but I overall enjoyed the message given.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    The 50 Shades of Gray of Its Time

    It's easy to see why this book was banned. It's highly sexually charged. Still, there is much more to recommend it. It's a love story that transcends class and social mores. Lady Chatterly is married to a man, both literally and figuratively paralyzed. Still young and sexually excited, she takes a selfish lover who nearly breaks her spirit. Then she meets the groundskeeper, a bit of a loner who has steeled himself against humankind. Together they help each other heal and find purpose in life. Of course, there is a lot of sexual liberation along the way.

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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.

    Comments:

    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....

    0 out of 1 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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