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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Fantom Films Limited (1 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906263922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906263928
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 12.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,428,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." -- E.M. Forster --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Women in Love is a work of genius. It contains characters which are masterpieces of pure creation' New Statesman --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William Shardlow on 3 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
Having read this in my youth, when Lawrence was more appreciated than he is now, and not really getting what the fuss was about, I thought I'd give it another go. I remember finding it very difficult to understand Birkin's position, so did some reading up before hand to try and get me over the intellectual hurdles, including F.R. Leavis' book on Lawrence. Now I realise that I didn't get over the intellectual hurdles because Lawrence (and Leavis!) didn't either. The Lawrence figure in the novel, Birkin, always seems on the verge of saying something important, but he continually lapses into incoherent, extreme, or unattractive attitudes. For instance, he continually pours scorn on working class people, but at least they don't end up as a parasite like him.

Birkin is a school inspector and, in one of the better chapters, he shows that he's a good one, by explaining to Ursula, a school mistress, how to make her Botany lesson better by improving the kid's drawings in a way that increases the artistic and scientific impact. But he throws up this job to live on his private income, and drags Ursula away for some tedious ramblings on the continent. Note that Birkin doesn't actually do anything creative, he isn't an artist or a writer. As the other characters repeatedly point out, his views on large-scale intellectual & social issues are ridiculous and incoherent, so how could he be a writer? Only if he put his incoherent and useless ramblings in a novel and called it art. Birkin is a reserved character, so he sensibly avoids doing that, unfortunately Lawrence did not!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2001
Format: Paperback
Women in Love is the intensely successful sequel to The Rainbow. Originally the two novels were fused in one volume known as, 'The Sisters', but later Lawrence decided to split them, and revise them to create the two separate novels. Lawrence treats his characters with an emotional, linguistic and psychological intensity and delicacy that transmits the ideas, problems and feelings which Lawrence struggles continually to explain. It follows the progress of Ursula, the character pushed into view in The Rainbow, as she searches for a man who can embody and fulfil all her emotions, needs and wants. She finds this in Birkin as they struggle towards the Lawrentian goal of the true spiritual relationship. Also in the novel, appears Gudrun, similarly fighting for emotional, physical and mental success in Gerald. Throughout the novel, Lawrence holds the reader under his influence with his descriptive, repetitive language which seeks to persuade the reader towards his ideas. This novel which is highly enjoyable whether read alone or after The Rainbow, will lull the reader into the psychological depths of Lawrence's mind and leave him/her with a lasting impression of human relationships between man and woman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By revwac on 11 Oct. 2013
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It is impossible to imagine a more unsuitable reader for this classic. I suffered the first CD in the hope that it might improve but it did not and the gabble went on and on. To be told that it had finished was an unnecessary intrusion in the narrative.

It would have been better red by a man who had some understanding of DHL's observation, insight and understanding of human emotions and relationships. Because of the reader's accent, there was no feeling for the people and landscape of the part of the country in which it is set.

Sadly, I have impaired vision and am dependent on listening and it was so sad to hear a favourite book and writer so unappreciated and lacking in the depth which makes DHL so great a writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Femmielala on 4 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
I felt a little speechless after finishing Women in Love, if not a little emotionally drained. Having never read a DH Lawrence before, yet heard much about how controversial his writing was, I had some preconceived idea that this would be a sort of early 20th Century erotic (and homo-erotic) novel. How wrong I was! Women in Love is a complex novel exploring the intricacies of human relationships against the backdrop of post-WWI Britain.

The story follows two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, a local school teacher and local artist respectively. The sisters embark on two very different relationships, Ursula with Rupert Birkin, a school inspector, and Gudrun with Gerald Crich, a local colliery owner's son. As the two relationships intensify they take very different directions, culminating in tragedy.

Lawrence uses Women in Love to both attack social conventions and movements he detests, and voice his theories and opinions on all manner of subjects including love, sex, marriage, education, society, industrialisation and materialism, through his characters. Rupert Birkin, who is a self portrait of Lawrence, is the most vociferous of the characters. Birkin's tone and, equally, the tone of the book borders on being sanctimonious at times. I didn't always like the characters in the book. Lawrence shows the ugly sides of human nature in Women in Love, and is admirably unapologetic about it.

My only criticism is that Lawrence can be rather long winded at times, but on the whole Women in Love is an amazing experience...I can't believe I left it so long!
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