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Women in Love (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

D.H. Lawrence
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1 May 1992 Wordsworth Classics

This Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction and Notes by Dr Jeff Wallace, University of Glamorgan.

Lawrence's finest, most mature novel initially met with disgust and incomprehension. In the love affairs of two sisters, Ursula with Rupert, and Gudrun with Gerald, critics could only see a sorry tale of sexual depravity and philosophical obscurity.

Women in Love is, however, a profound response to a whole cultural crisis. The 'progress' of the modern industrialised world had led to the carnage of the First World War. What, then, did it mean to call ourselves 'human'? On what grounds could we place ourselves above and beyond the animal world? What are the definitive forms of our relationships - love, marriage, family, friendship - really worth? And how might they be otherwise?

Without directly referring to the war, Women in Love explores these questions with restless energy. As a sequel to The Rainbow, the novel develops experimental techniques which made Lawrence one of the most important writers of the Modernist movement.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New Ed edition (1 May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185326007X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853260070
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation"

"What beauties the book contains! There are many pages in it so saturated with warm and lovely intimacies that one reads absorbed" (Guardian)

"It is a wonderful novel by a writer who created his own narrative voice"

"The point with Lawrence is never to be afraid of going too far, is always to push, push, push. In the pushing-process, Lawrence writes one of the most truly and thoroughly poetic novels in English"

"He's an intoxicator... Has there ever been anyone like him for bringing places and people so vividly to life?" --This text refers to an alternate 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 an alternate Paperback edition.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I think I am in love with the void." 2 Aug 2006
Written in 1920 and often regarded as D. H. Lawrence's greatest novel, Women in Love is the complex story of two women and two men who scrutinize their lives and personal needs in an effort to discover something that makes the future worth living. The personal and social traumas of post-World War I, combined with the rise of industry and urbanization, have affected all four main characters, often at cross purposes as they explore love and its role in their lives. Intensely introspective and self-conscious, each character shares his/her thoughts with the reader, allowing the reader to participate in the inner conflicts and crises that each faces.

Ursula Brangwen, a teacher in a mining town in the Midlands, is attracted to Rupert Birkin, a school supervisor; her sister Gudrun, an artist whose sculptures have drawn some attention in London, is drawn to Gerald Crich, whose father is a mine owner. As the two women earn their living and consider the issue of marriage, which they regard as an impediment to their independence, the men deal with issues of sexuality and power, and whether the love of a woman is enough. Both men have homosexual urges which compete with their feelings for women.

Gerald is the most conflicted of the four. Taking over the mines upon the death of his father, he is fiercely committed to making them successful, even if that means hardening his heart toward his workers. He feels no sense of responsibility toward them, dedicating his efforts toward success and power, an attitude he conveys also toward Gudrun, who finds him self-centered but physically attractive.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence's greatest fictional masterpiece 14 Aug 2000
By A Customer
This novel has permanently affected me since I first read, and then later dissected and analyzed it for my final thesis at university. The mythical images which are woven into the plot, descriptions, and the actions of the characters are brilliant. Most fascinating, however, are the discussions held between the characters (all with very potent personalities) on such topics as modern life, art, identity, and love. This is a MUST READ for anyone interested in 20th century literature. I cannot praise this novel enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lush and intimate 3 Dec 2010
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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A continuation of The Rainbow (Oxford World's Classics), this tells the story of the Brangwen sisters' love affairs. Lush, sensuous, and intimate, it also engages with issues of class, gender and identity.

Lawrence always has an almost philosophical approach to love, using the idea to investigate what it means to be human in all kinds of ways. Exploring the ties which bind and the problems of independance this has a very modern sensibility.

So far more than just a romantic tale, this is sophisticated and serious as well as being an absorbing read.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars review of Lawrence's masterpiece Women in Love 20 Nov 2002
By amy
Lawrence's novel sets the scene just before the first world war in England, in atmosphere of anxious ignorance. Lawrence intimately explores the lives of the two sisters Gudrun and Ursula, as they discover what it is to be in love and the confusion of emotion that accompanies it. Gudrun falls in love with the charming Gerald whilst Ursula and Birkin embark on a more cynical and cautious affair; the different personalities of the sisters allow Lawrence to illustrate contrasting approaches to love and lust. The unique style, typical of Lawrence, takes the form of philosophical conversation in different scenarios, which is brought to life by the individuality of the characters and their beliefs. The issues that the novel raises are conveyed in a very personal way that allows Lawrence's mind to shine through his characters and additionally permits the reader a greater incite into the authors philosophies and vulnerability. Lawrence's attention to detail of the two protagonists displays his superb understanding of the human mind and sexual desire. This is a story that is strongly driven and created by its characters, who never allow the focus to waver or the reader to tire....
Other books that might be enjoyed: E M Forster, A Room with a View, D.H. Lawrence The Rainbow
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rediscovering the classics
Sometimes a bit hard going but think that's more about me than the book. Have read several other DH Lawrence's and am enjoying tackling this one also.
Published 1 month ago by happyshopper
2.0 out of 5 stars Tedious ramblings
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. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Shardlow
4.0 out of 5 stars Have read and re-read
A classic that merits the title. Very well written with characters that you might not understand but in whom you are interested. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C. Chanona
1.0 out of 5 stars DHL would weep
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wendy Cranidge
5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned porn
I remember reading this after the Court case. I have reread it now and appreciate how we'll it is written. The sex scenes are all in the readers mind but beautifully done .
Published 6 months ago by penelope gillam
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic With Faults
It's a classic with faults which are mainly to do with the characters. Ursula and Gudrun are drawn well but some of the incidental characters seem to change their tune quite a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Dan Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit disappointing
Wonderful prose and characterization make this book interesting despite a rather rambling storyline, which is only partly about women in love and doesn't really get going until... Read more
Published 8 months ago by wordsmith
2.0 out of 5 stars Read years ago
Realised that my taste in reading has changed as I have got older and now find D.H Lawrence too wordy
Published 8 months ago by maykidd
3.0 out of 5 stars Wome in Love
I know it's classic - but I find the eternal navel -gazing of the characters tedious.
Perhaps it's my age!

Published 10 months ago by Janet Cowley
5.0 out of 5 stars Women in Love
Just a great classic. Its another of those books that you cannot put down. Have read it numerous times and never get tired of it.
Published 11 months ago by June Raynor
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