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This review is from: Women in Love (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)This is, like `The Rainbow' and `Sons and Lovers', a masterpiece.
It was originally intended to be all one story with `The Rainbow', but by the time Lawrence got to writing `Women in Love' his powers and confidence as an artist had grown. The Ursula character was to have carried the Laurentian message forward into the second story with extra force, because we would have a full understanding of the development of her mind to the point where she meets Birkin. However we find in `Women in Love' that the voice of Lawrence is with Birkin and Ursula is a slightly diminished character, who often finds herself challenging him.
The result of this is to mean you can read to the two novels separately and be satisfied with both as single pieces of great fiction.
Reading, studying and then having the joy of sharing the work of Lawrence with young people, when I taught him at `A' Level has been one of the high points of my life.
In my own novel `A Song for Jo' Lawrence has an influence on the intellectual and emotional development of the two main characters, Jo and Chris, who are college students studying English. Other great literature from Keats, Emily Bronte and Shakespeare (and more) is worked into the narrative. It is a love story with a difference!
People of all ages and sex have enjoyed it.
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A Song for Jo