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Lady Chatterley's Lover (The Unexpurgated Edition) [Kindle Edition]

D. H. Lawrence
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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.

It was a bomb, not a book Guardian A significant turning point in history Observer No one ever wrote better about the power struggles of sex and love -- Doris Lessing

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications (13 July 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003VPX1XY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #20,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all shocking - just very beautiful! 12 Nov. 2011
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I'm old enough to remember the scandalous "Trial of Lady Chatterley" in or around 1960, when Penguin Books won the right to publish "Lady Chatterley's Lover" for sale to the general public. The bookshops (notably W H Smith's) were immediately piled high with the orange and white paperback, so that little else appeared to be on sale. Just afterwards I remember coming home from school to find my father (whom I had never known to read anything but the Daily Mirror) reading a paperback book encased in a brown paper cover! When asked what it was, he looked very sheepish and put it away hurriedly without comment! At around the same time an old lady in the village advised some of us pre-pubescent girls not to read it as it would "put you off getting married"! I very much doubt whether she had read it herself!

Despite more than 50 years having elapsed since its release to the public, I'd never bothered to read it. However, I noticed it when browsing the Kindle Store and downloaded it out of curiosity, only to find it to be one of the most beautiful, compelling and poignant love stories I have ever read. By today's standards the descriptions which caused all the furore are by no means shocking although, rather than the sex scenes, the descriptions of the class structure which existed in the early 20th century and the very liberal ideas on adultery and infidelity discussed by the "upper classes" would seem to be far more surprising.

I'm glad that I didn't read the book when it first became available as I think I wouldn't have had the maturity to appreciate the beauty of the language or to understand the insight the story gives into an age and a class structure that doesn't exist in such a defined manner any more. I have found the book a joy to read and am glad that I've got round to reading it at last.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could be Lady Chatterley! 24 Mar. 2011
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I can't believe I hadn't read this before, but now I am so glad I have. Lawrence's writing is so refreshing when one has been immersed in modern literature for some time. He tells us what he thinks, writes in immensley believeable detail about a woman's feelings, and the interplay of psychological, social and topographical detail in the novel is masterly. I wish more modern writers were capable of this.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed 17 July 2011
By Nix
Format:Kindle Edition
Have never been a fan of what I call english literature books, prefer to read a fantasy or rom com kind of book, but spotted this whilst browsing and thought why not, and I couldnt put it down.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ladfy Chatterly 16 May 2011
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It`s interesting to read this periodically to see how it holds up as its impact changes in the changing times.....but every time I read it I find something new and interesting.....well worth revisiting.It arrived very promptly and its condition was as expected and as described. Good value.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars E' by 'eck! 14 Jun. 2012
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This is Lawrence as his very best. Yes, the book is a bit wordy and overblown but once you get into the story it really grips you. I recall at boarding school we came across a copy and all huddled under a blanket with a torch just to read the 'naughty' words. Now I am grown up, the 'naughty' words aren't so naughty anymore and are used in context so well that they don't offend the reader.

The story is basically about an upper class couple...........he is crippled and she is bored so her boredom takes her to a place that she would erstwhile never have thought of going.

This is a book that I believe should be on everyone's 'to read' list before they shuffle off this mortal coil.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine for Kindle 18 April 2012
By ClaireM
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I bought this book to read on my Kindle. The formatting was fine and the chapter bookmarking made it easy to navigate around the book. 5 stars relates to use on the Kindle. As for the novel itself, I found it rather sad but would certainly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 29 July 2011
By cressy
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I can't believe I haven't read this book before! It's not quite what I was expecting, it is so much more. It's beautifully written, I just want to keep reading but I don't want to finish it - yet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece that grows... 1 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Although I'd read other works by Lawrence, this one had passed me by, but due to the wonders of the kindle, I am able to revisit many classics and fill in the gaps.

The first thing to say is that it isn't worth reading if you're after porn. Moreover, Like most novels of it's time, don't expect a modern style racy thrill-a-page novel. They just didn't do that then really y'know. I see the odd criticism because it's a slow burner, But you may as well criticise Mario Puzo's "The Godfather" for it's lack of humour.

Having said that, you do get 12% of the way through the book really just setting the scene before there's even any direct speech. But from those beginnings this slow burner smoulders allright.

The central character isn't the lover, as the title leads you to believe, but Lady Chatterley. Imprisoned in a marriage without love, physical or otherwise, she seeks fulfilment and finds it with the gamekeeper. Her, in some ways pitiful husband desperately seeks to hold on to her, whilst being unable to show real affection. His physical disability is an outward manifestation of his inability to love. The well drawn gamekeeper strangely has similar problems, living a hermit's existence stuck between two classes with a wife that has left him for another.

You are drawn into the plot and you want to know how it ends. Frustratingly there isn't a complete tidying up of the plot at the end, much is left to the reader's imagination as to how things eventually are resolved. In fact, reflecting on this after the last page, The Italian Job movie sprang to mind.

This book is certainly a window into the 1920's and how lives were led, so I believe it's historically significant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good story about life at the time
A very good old story. One that I was not allowed to read when I was a teenager as it was considered taboo for teenagers to read such explicit love stories in those days
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