Women in Love (Penguin Popular Classics) Paperback – 27 Sep 2007
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"The greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." -- E.M. Forster --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
'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.See all Product Description
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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!Read more ›
The main characters are sisters Ursula and Gudrun, and their men friends Rupert and Gerald, but there are plenty of asides and these involve many other characters. In fact these side stories account for a significant chunk of the book, and are not always interesting!
The author gives a glimpse into early 20th century English middle class life, amidst all the changes wrought by industrialisation and increasing democratisation (political enfranchisement for male working class householders since 1884).
Three of the main characters are agnostic and the author has them expound all kinds of contemporary ideas and non traditional beliefs, which can be a tad boring.
This was the author's penultimate novel (1920) and has none of the passion that characterised his last novel, `Lady Chatterley's Lover' (1928).
A good read but the first half is a bit tedious.
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How anyone can say this is a good book I really dont know. Its BORING !!!!!Published 9 months ago by Mrs. H. M. Lackey
I found this book really heavy going. It did not appeal to me , although the style of writing is clear. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Discerning Reader
Hard to get excited by. The story contains unlikeable characters with unclear motives. The affairs they have are just joyless and sordid. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lee09
I read this a long time ago, and bought this version for the family bookshelf I'm building up for my children. Read morePublished 11 months ago by bookwormgrl10