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Lady Chatterley's Lover [Mass Market Paperback]

D. H. Lawrence , Geoff Dyer
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)

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Jun 2003
Lady Constance Chatterley’s husband is paralyzed, and unable to satisfy her. Frustrated, she pursues an affair with Oliver Mellors, a servant. D. H. Lawrence’s controversial 1928 novel is an exposition on themes of love, class, and the necessity of physical intimacy.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Classics; 75 Anv edition (Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451528883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451528889
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (224 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,612,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 gamekeeper who works for the estate owned by her 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, Lawrence's masterful and lyrical writing, and a story that takes us bodily into the world of its characters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


"No one ever wrote better about the power struggles of sex and love" (Doris Lessing)

"A masterpiece" (Guardian)

"Does for D H Lawrence what Jack the Ripper did for Gladstone bags and stovepipe hats" (Neil Gaiman)

"He was a big influence on me - I loved the seriousness and intensity he brought to his studies of human relationships, and the boldness with which he pushed the boundaries of what could be said and thought and written about in the novel" (Andrew Davies) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best book I've read 25 Sep 2003
Although I, like many others, began reading this book due to it's risque reputation, I gained far more from it than I could have imagined. Connie's frustrations with the modern world and her desire for something better touched me, and echoed my own hidden feelings. Regardless of the manner of writing, the philosophical (some would say long-winded) side-tracking, and the sex that it is famous for, I enjoyed every page, every sentence...yes, every word. Any woman who says she cannot relate to Connie has either experienced nothing of nature or felt no yearn for love. As a 20 year old woman from the country who now lives in the town, I was entranced by the imagery of the landscape and the primal feelings it provokes within Connie, and indeed within myself.
To any woman, or indeed, man: Read this book and you won't regret a page.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This is an exquisite book, banned until the 1970's but written at the turn of the century. Lady Chatterly is married to 'his lordship' a much older and crippled man who is unable to fulfil an intimate role. A new gardener is hired and the book takes the reader into a genuinely beautiful relationship between a man and a woman. Yes it is steamy. Is it erotic? VERY. But it is not a trashy novel. It is a very well written and sensitive book. An absolute classic to have on the bookshelf - away from great aunt Edna and the kiddies!
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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 antisocial gamekeeper on the Chatterleys' estate in the remote midlands. Constance, Lady Chatterley, who married Clifford a month before he left for World War I, becomes his caretaker when he returns from war paralyzed from the waist down and impotent. A writer who surrounds himself with intellectual friends, he 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. Connie, yearning for an emotional closeness which she has not experienced in a previous affair, 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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Chatterley's Lover (Collector's Library) 3 Mar 2009
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This is a delightful little gem, well presented and beautifully written. D.H.Lawrence's exquisite use of the English language has been (and still is by those of repressed intelligence) grossly misunderstood since he dared to tell it 'like it is' to a society very much in denial; people living a half-life of pseudo-modesty. Sadly, there'll always be the hypocrites, of course, plus the tabloid mentality brigade who are unable to perceive genius when they're presented with it; it's their loss.
Do buy this lovely book, read, devour and enjoy it at leisure; let it's passionate honesty lift your heart to a better place.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthy Classic, in Context 29 July 2011
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To really appreciate this novel, the reader has to be able to appreciate the context it was written in. At the time that DH Lawrence wrote Lady Chatterly's Lover, the idea of a married upper-class lady of a manor having an affair with anyone, would have been scandalous. Think back, readers, to a time long before women's rights, the vagina monologues, women in politics, and so on. Think back to a time of corsets and tight lips, of compromises, of a strong ruling class, and of ruling etiquette. The fact that Lawrence broke so many taboos with this book, by writing not only about the lady's unfulfilled personal life and her affair, but of her affair with the gamekeeper of her manor. Had Lady Chatterly not conveniently been left a small fortune to support herself with, she would have fallen quickly from grace and into the gutter, much to the pleasure of the rest of society- for any high brow lady who chose to have relations with someone as lowly as a gamekeeper would have been seen as fit for such punishment at the time. Think of Diana and Dodi for more context, if you must.

However, Lawrence treats his characters well. When I started reading this book I was of course aware of all the stigma and controversy surrounding it, but I also know that it was not uncommon for texts to be labelled as 'indecent' in Lawrence's time, as so many things were back then. To speak openly of sexual relations, particularly between members of different classes, would have been a massive slur in Lawrence's England. I expected, then, some rudeness, some crudeness, and some deliberate bating of the classes. What I found however, was that even in today's sexually open society, I was shocked by Lawrence's writing. I have never read anything quite like it- and I've read Mills and Boon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
I am probably not the best qualified person to analyse D H Lawrence and this classic so I just wanted to express my admiration of the work.
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Was determined to read this one considering the outrage when it was first published. Even though morals have changed somewhat since then I still found some bits a bit... Read more
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For such a well known book with so many reviews, it is hard for me to know whether I can add anything to what others have written. Read more
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After just finishing this masterpiece I believe Lawrence to be a genius of the human psyche especially of emotions and dynamics of human relationships both from nature and nurtures... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Lady chatterleys lover
Thought I should read this old classic, glad I did but was a slow start!! Heavy going in places but preserved
Published 25 days ago by S. Mills
5.0 out of 5 stars Great re-read
So much better to read this as an adult, than as a compulsory read at school. I loved the characters, the sadness, the sense of hope at the end, the fundamental belief that true... Read more
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