Lady Chatterley's Lover (Wordsworth Classics) Paperback – 5 Aug 2005
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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 an alternate Paperback edition.
"This abridgement is masterfully done and Emilia Fox reads even the most shuddering parts with dignity and authenticity." (The Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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To any woman, or indeed, man: Read this book and you won't regret a page.
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.Read more ›
One of my teachers at school grew up in Nottinghamshire and used to tell us that he grew up with people who had the mentalities of characters from D H Lawrence. He was not a great fan of Lawrence, regarding him as a bit of someone you would want to avoid in a pub. We all had copies of this book, knowing about its notoriety - I had my parents' early 1960s Penguin edition, which apparently sold over 2 million copies on the back of an obscenity trial testing out the Obscene Publications Act in 1959. I never got far with it at the time.
30-odd years further on, the obscenity trial and its titillation potential are forgotten. There are plenty of books which are far more graphic in their description of sexual intercourse than this one.
So, what can you derive from this book? For me, it is a beautifully written and quite exquisite account of the breakdown of a marriage and the union of people from different social classes. Such events are less shocking now than they must have been in the 1920s. There is much discussion about the times and environment that they are living in and also quite fascinating insights into personal relationships.
Some people have commented that the characters are one dimensional; I disagree. The three main players in the triangle are all fascinating. Sir Clifford Chatterley is not a particularly attractive character, a terrible snob and quite unbending to his wife's unhappiness. However,.he has great intelligence and insight as well as talent and energy. However, as his nurse Mrs Bolton observes at one point he has a steel like exterior with a soft inside.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Too introspective for today's taste, too maundering and slow. Sorry, I know it's meant to be a classic, but I gave up with it about four chapters in.Published 10 days ago by shortjoker
I'm an avid reader, but I'm afraid that I really struggled with this one. It was partly the (slightly old fashioned) language, but mostly the fact that I didn't like the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sarsybabes
I thought this book was both intelligent and erotic! What a delightful mixture. Not only is there an intimate connection between Constance and Mellors but there is a clear... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Evie