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Lady Chatterley's Lover

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  13,329 ratings  ·  1,347 reviews
Lyric and sensual, D.H. Lawrence's last novel is one of the major works of fiction of the twentieth century. Filled with scenes of intimate beauty, explores the emotions of a lonely woman trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for the robust gamekeeper of her husband's estate. The most controversial of Lawrence's books, Lady Chatterly's Lover joyously affirms t ...more
299 pages
Published 1959 by Signet Classic (first published January 1st 1928)
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Brad
Nov 02, 2011 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Brad by: Chris Simkulet
WARNING: This review contains a discussion of the c-word, and I plan to use it. Please don't read this if you do not want to see the word spelled out. Thanks.

This is less a review than an homage to my crazy mother (now I have you really intrigued, don't I?)

It was 1983, and I was in my first Catholic school. I'd spent my first six years of school in a public school, but my "behavioral issues" coupled with my lack of growth made me a target for bullies, so my parents were advised to move me to ano
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Amber
Sep 10, 2007 Amber rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of modernist literature
I bought this book in high school because it was cheap and I thought that because I was going to be a big, bad Enlglish major in college, I should probably expand my literary repertoire. I also thought it might be a little racy, given the title, which piqued my interest. Fast forward seven and a half years and I am now a big, bad graduate of American Studies (Chaucer killed me on the spot, and I changed majors immediately), and I had yet to read this book. I picked it up off my shelf about 2 wee ...more
Kirk
I see a lot of my GR friends are currently reading this, so I'll be interested to see what they think of it. I understand the importance of this one--free speech, yo---but honestly, I wasn't blown away. I prefer Ginny Woolf, in fact. Part of it is that Lawrence is too damn Freudian for me. And all the stuff about women needing civilization fucked out of them by virile treetrimmers seems a little misogynistic. I know the historical context out of which Lawrence is writing, what with industrializa ...more
Vanessa
Lawrence has in recent times fallen out of fashion in the literary world, which is a shame because despite his reputation (often well-deserved) as a misogynist, the themes he explores in this novel go well beyond its sexual reputation. This is a novel about living versus existing. The conversations between the upper class friends proves witty, but ultimately dry, lifeless, as is shown by Tommy Dukes' reasoning as to why he is asexual. Moreso, the novel is about class restrictions, about a dying ...more
Rowena
D.H. Lawrence is a writer I'm growing more fond of. He really does have a way with words.

Connie Chatterley, in my opinion, was a rather insipid character. She marries Clifford Chatterley, who gets injured in the war and comes back paralyzed. Consequently, she begins an affair with the gameskeeper, Oliver Mellors and discovers who she is as a woman.Lawrence definitely pushed the boundaries for 1920s standards.

I did sympathize with Connie's feelings of restlessness, aggravated by the fact that he
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Sarah (Presto agitato)
There were some interesting discussions of class issues in early 20th century England, but Connie was pretty ditzy and Mellors was almost a non-entity for most of the book. What I couldn't get past, though, was the (*ahem*) flower arranging and the repeated mentions of bowels yearning for other bowels. I guess intestines are the unsung heroes of erogenous zones, but there were really too many anthropomorphized body parts overall. A book more memorable for the obscenity trial surrounding it than ...more
Andrea
I really tried to read this classic, but when Lady Chatterly's lover appeared and fit the description of Groundskeeper Willie from the Simpsons, I just couldn't do it. I mean, D.H. Lawerence has written in Willie's accent phonetically, and Lady Chatterly was having an affair with a cartoon! I just couldn't read anymore from that moment on...
Aurora
Vi è mai capitato di leggere "il libro giusto al momento giusto"? A me è successo con questo libro.

Se avessi letto questo libro qualche anno fa credo che non l'avrei apprezzato appieno, perché a mio avviso bisogna vivere delle esperienze simili per riuscire ad immedesimarsi in uno dei personaggi di questo libro.
Non è un romanzo per tutti, a tratti potrebbe risultare ridondante, noioso o addirittura volgare, ma io l'ho trovato vero e attuale.

Il mio personaggio preferito è sicuramente il guardiac
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Ibrahim Saad


في البداية ، وقبل الريفيو :
كان دافعي الأول لقراءة رواية عشيق الليدي تشاترلي.. أنني عرقت أن
المحكمة البريطانية أحالت هذه الرواية إلى لجنة من الخبراء للبت فيها ضمّت"
علماء وكتّاباً ومثقفين ونساء ورجال دين، فاتفق هؤلاء على أن «عشيق الليدي تشاترلي» رواية ذات مستوى فني رفيع ولا يمكن اعتبارها إباحية بأي حال من الأحوال.
اضطرت هيئة المحكمة إلى الامتثال لهذا الرأي، بعدما أبدى رئيس الأساقفة فير وولويج رأيه بأن الرواية ليست مخلّة بالآداب، وأشارت سيدة أخرى في اللجنة إلى أن الرواية رفعت العلاقات الجنسية إل
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Laurel
This book was a bizarre experience for me. It reads much like a traditional, classic English novel, except with loads of descriptive sex and vulgar words mixed in for shock value. Instead of being shocked, though, I just found it all a bit tiresome and rather silly.

Maybe it was the fact that Lawrence sometimes used words like "thee" and "thy" and "dost" mixed in with modern day vulgarities that added to the overall unintentional humor of it for me, or perhaps it was that the vulgarities were si
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Teresa
Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover is with no doubt his most controversial work hence I really anticipated reading this novel. Before reading I had no great knowledge of the novel, only that it was banned because it had explicit sex scenes too racy for the time. Unfortunately, the novel just did not hit the mark for me. After reading it, I didn't know what Lawrence was trying to do - tell a romantic love story (with a dash of vulgarity) or an examination of relationships or sex itself. Although ...more
Sidharth Vardhan
“Sex is just another form of talk, where you act words instead of saying them.

Lawerence’s last novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover is one of most challenged works– on account of its use of then unprintable words. Its free publishing was one of the main events of sexual revolution of 1960s. And okay, I mean it is a great book but what will you say to a book that has conversations like these:

‘Well, young man, and what about my daughter?'
The grin flickered on Mellors' face.
'Well, Sir, and what ab
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Patrizia O
L’aspetto scandaloso di questo libro, secondo me, non è tanto quello legato al sesso (o comunque non solo) ma la cruda analisi che Lawrence fa della società inglese del suo tempo (e che per certi aspetti può ancora riguardare anche il nostro modo di vivere attuale). La sua analisi è impietosa: gli uomini e le donne di tutte le classi sociali hanno perso il contatto con la loro natura di esseri umani, quella essenza unica che li rende autentici e li fa sentire in sintonia con la natura. Lawrence, ...more
David
It always amazes me how prudish our world used to be. And Europe no less! Walk into any convenience store or newsstand in Berlin and the place is plastered with celebrities' tits on the front covers of every daily rag-mag: "Duchess of Cambridge Royal Knockers!" -- "Mme Bloom in her Bloomers!" -- "Ms. Fizziwits's tits!" etc. etc. Flashback fifty years and they're all shrieking over a D.H. Lawrence book saying their Hail Marys in the libraries. It's amazing the world we live in, how very quickly i ...more
Celeste Rousselot

I am 66 years-old. Yes, a Baby Boomer, raised by secular Adlai Stevenson Democrats in the San Francisco Bay Area! At home wherever I turned, books lined the walls: math books, physics and astronomy books, history books, art books, New Age books, religious books, classic and contemporary literature books, even Lady Chatterley’s Lover. But, and here’s the weird part, I never even once peeped between the covers of that infamous book. In spite of my parents’ liberal views, I knew they expected me to
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carolime
Jul 12, 2007 carolime added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic swamps
this book disgusts me. what a terrible example of genre romance! oh, but, wait; caroliiiime, (you might say) this book is an important example of literary transgression! it contains several graphic sex scenes and was published way before explicit sex was common in fiction! the publishing was quite a scandal and boldly challenged the line between free speech and obscenity! and, i will still tell you that this novel is bollocks.

far from producing passion in me, the reader, it made me ashamed that
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Pink
I loved this. Absolutely adored the writing, the war references, character development and even the sex. I probably put off reading this for years as I thought it was the sort of book to be embarrassed reading. The literary equivalent of 50 shades of Grey. I'm not about to try that, but I will definitely be reading more D. H. Lawrence.

5 stars and I don't hand those out lightly.
Drew Edwards
I found Lady Chatterley's Lover too didactic for my tastes. Lawrence asks the tired question of where one can find authenticity and fulfillment in the stifling modern world, and returns the tired answer of "the body." He is able to make a novel out of this idea only because he approaches it by way of his own misogyny. Consider this passage from the book's beginning pages:

"A woman could take a man without really giving herself away. Certainly she could take him without giving herself into his pow
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Jesse
It's my impression that D.H. Lawrence is rather out of fashion these days, and it's not particularly hard to see why: the "priest of love" shtick comes off now as dated in the extreme, the almost mystical pantheism is heavy-handed, and of course there's the blatant essentializing of gender and the bizarre views of human sexuality (and female sexuality in particular) that are problematic in the extreme. On a more personal level, I can't say I cared for the prose style much—a bit overblown and a l ...more
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
Lady Chatterley's Lover - one of the most notorious books of the 20th century, written in 1928 but not published in its entirety in Britain till 1960 after the infamous court case. Finally I can strike it off my book bucket list.

I found this a really difficult book to rate. For reading enjoyment, I liked it but didn't love it. Lawrence's style is somewhat stilted and despite the passionate nature of the novel it doesn't read like a romance it is more a social commentary of the time with it's th
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Aerin
I think that Lady Chatterley's Lover is a book a lot of people have heard about, but perhaps not so many have read - at least, not since its heyday in the 60's as a bohemian cult novel, free-love manifesto, and object lesson in the sordid appeal of banned books.

And to this day, it has a certain reputation. At least it did for me, something along the lines of, "Oh, that one that got banned for saying 'cunt' so many times". I had this vague notion it was about a steamy affair between a fancy count
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Luana

“In quella breve notte estiva imparò molto. Aveva pensato che una donna potesse morire di vergogna. E invece, fu la vergogna a morire. La vergogna, che è paura: la profonda vergogna organica, l’antica paura fisica che si annida nelle radici stesse del nostro corpo, e che può essere fugata solo dal fuoco della sensualità, alla fine era stata scovata e stanata dalla caccia fallica dell’uomo, e Connie giunse nel cuore della giungla di se stessa. Sentì di aver ormai toccato il fondo vero e proprio

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Clara
If you can get past the first 100 or so pages, it really gets more exciting...with the relationship between Mellors and Connie. I loved the conversations and the wit in conversations with the characters. DH Lawrence is such a good writer. There is so much substance, that when you go to some other modern day fictions, it is no comparison. He allows you to really feel the intensity of the moment. Yes, there are some drawn out conversations at times, but overall, he takes you back into the moment i ...more
Kat
I was so excited in high school to read this book because I'd heard it had lots of sex in it AND it was the kind of book grown-ups say you should read anyway.

Bleh. I don't actually remember the story that well, but what I do remember is Lawrence's fatal combo of thinking himself an expert on female sexuality and completely misrepresenting it. Some of the worst men-writing-women I've encountered. Also: not even a very sexy book. A colossal disappointment.

I've heard other Lawrence books are more w
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Nathan
I loved the fuck out of this book.
Bonnie
I read this book back in my university days, although not for an English course. At the time, I couldn't understand why it had been considered a "dirty" book; now, is that a reflection on my morals?

From a letter Lawrence wrote, quoted by Richard Hoggart in the Introduction:

"It's what the world would call very improper.... But you know it's not really improper - I always labour at the same thing, to make sex relations valid and precious, instead of shameful. And this novel is the furthest I've go
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Sarah
I was going to say that I may change my rating if Amanda and Nathan can convince me... That's as far as I got in that sentence because nothing could convince me to like this book. I liked pieces of it, but the rest ranged between "I don't care" and totally annoying.

I disliked the characters in this book for the most part, although Mellors had his moments of appeal. I can see what Lawrence was trying to do, and the reasons for his own frustrations with the world, but it didn't work for me. Mainly
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Dolors
Another treat. Thanks Mr. Lawrence... Apart from the abstract world of ideas, Lawrence showed his readers that he can also be strongly physical and down to the fleshy earth. A very erotic novel.
Fatin
Connie is an old soul who's so young. I felt her pain, her confusion, her innocence, her loss, her anger, her happiness, and her love. I understood how she was not only trapped in a dying house with a dying husband, but also within herself.
"You are a slave to your own idea of yourself."
I loved the opposites and the parallels drawn in the story. Of how Lady Chatterley felt just as trapped in love as she felt free. Of how sweet she was to her husband (view spoiler)
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Wealhtheow
The whole book is a just an argument about the power of the mind and of the body upon each other.
'Real knowledge comes out of the whole corpus of the consciousness; out of your belly and your penis as much as out of your brain and mind. The mind can only analyse and rationalize. Set the mind and the reason to cock it over the rest, and all they can do is to criticize, and make a deadness. I say all they can do. It is vastly important. My God, the world needs criticizing today… criticizing to de
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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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