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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  209 ratings  ·  18 reviews
1944. This is the complete first draft of Lady Chatterley's Lover which differs from the third draft most commonly read.
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Published October 26th 1989 by Penguin (first published 1928)
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Sandra Lawson
D H Lawrence wrote three drafts of the novel that was later published as 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. This first version, Frieda Lawrence's favourite, is related as a single narrative, unbroken by chapters. It's many years since I read the most famous of the three novels, so am unable to draw parallels. However 'The First Lady Chatterley' is a beautiful and absorbing read. A story of a woman initially torn between her love for two men; Sir Clifford's legal wife, but the 'wife in the woods' to the ...more
Tamra
I almost feel like I need to apologize for liking this book. I was warned I wouldn't like it and that everything between the "naughty" parts were boring. Not true. The between parts were by far the best parts! It makes you think about marriage and what you're willing to settle for, the social classes & what's considered the "upper class" is not necessarily upper by someone else's standards. And to tell you the truth it made me thankful for moral standards! A little guidance here would have b ...more
Kate Butchart
This book that I wanted so much to love, just turned out to be one long rant on everything that is/was wrong with society. Very little seemed to happen other than all the characters moaning. Also I know it was the 20s so they had a lot more modesty than we do now, and maybe I just didn't get it or something but other than the page long ramble about how a penis is a blood filled fountain of life, I couldn't find a single sexually explicit moment, or any kind of reason for this book to have been b ...more
Charlotte Forrest
Long before the famous indecent publications case, Lawrence wrote this first draft of one of his most famous works.

It makes for interesting reading especially in comparison to the later more famous version. In this telling the love story feels oddly more sincere and honest thatn the mire of self doubt and misery in the final version. The plot is basically the same, although certain elements, the rising power of the working classes, is painted in broader simpler strokes than the more unsettling a
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Helen Kitson
Lawrence wrote three versions of the Lady Chatterley story. This, the first version, is the one I've always preferred. The gamekeeper is called Oliver Parkin in this version, and it is much more pastoral, less overtly sexual, than the final published (third) version. The basic background to the story is similar in all three versions: Clifford Chatterley, badly wounded during the First World War, is paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. His wife Constance, aged twenty-three when her husband is ...more
Anjana Rao
I have mixed thoughts on this book.
Initially, I found this book to be really dull. The author just keep ranting on how inhumane society has become, which of course, is the main theme throughout the novel. The novel gradually becomes interesting as Mellors and Connie's affair becomes intense. However, I'm not sure if their relationship is ultimately driven by love or lust. Mellors never directly tells Connie that he is in love with her, which left me a little disheartened. Also in the end of the
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Kristin
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Geraldine
Absolutely loved this book. So wonderful to be reading a 20th Century classic again. I read the first edition, not realising that Lawrence wrote three editions in an effort to fend off the critics with each attempt. His wife, Freda, liked the first edition best, so am glad I read that one. Unfortunately a few pages of Lawrence's notes were missing and so were unable to be published however I felt able to fill in the gaps. Great characters, gritty story line, addresses society's class prejudice w ...more
Glen
Usual excellent stuff from DH Lawrence ...
Jennifer
Dec 18, 2007 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every Modernist fan

What a beautiful, surprising story. An upperclass British lady at the turn of the century discovers sexual love and attachment with her husband's very common "gamekeeper." I loved the revolutionary theme! The lack of chapter divisions was a truly unique reading experience. Because of this, it almost felt like a fairy tale to me.
Vani
This book is not as indecent and alarming as everyone thinks!!! It actually has its point. I actually admire Lady Chatterley, how she was able to found her real love and life after being married to a cripple. However, there are so many scripts that i find no sense, as in their lost within the book.
Nikkie Keen-Cross
I really didn't like this book, and not because of the explicit descriptions but because it goes goes on and on and on...I just got bored with it all. The story is little more than padding and the words are just dull, exactly how Connie describes the North!
Jane
I hadn't realized that D.H. Lawrence had written 3 versions of Lady Chatterley's Lover. It was interesting as a piece of history. For my taste though, there was much too much philosophizing and ruminating!
Kimberly
Not just an erotic book, but also about how women and men were supposed to behave in proper society. A historical view of a historical open marriage ending in a woman's liberation.
nanto
Dec 11, 2008 nanto marked it as to-read
Shelves: nant-s-book, novel
lagi ngomongin AE jadi inget gue punya buku ini. Belum disenggol. Cuma googling tentang kehebohan buku ini setelah nemu di toko buku bekas. :D
David
Lawrence wrote three versions and this one shows how he began to develop this coming of age story.
F.P.
Jun 01, 2013 F.P. marked it as to-read
Not sure how I missed that this had been published, but I'll have to find a copy....
Nomadikblood
Nov 28, 2009 Nomadikblood is currently reading it
toss up between this one and the third edition
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel ...more
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