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The Lost Girl

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  444 ratings  ·  45 reviews
"The Lost Girl" (1920) by D. H. Lawrence, is the winner of the 1920 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.In this sophisticated psychological novel, Alvina Houghton, a young Englishwoman, undergoes a journey of self-discovery, after finding herself alone in the world. Courted by several men, she does not make a final choice to commit to anyone until she finds her tru ...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published September 7th 2009 by Norilana Books (first published 1920)
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In a very famous context, D. H. Lawrence is himself famous for using a word beginning with ‘f’, a word that is infamous rather than famous. Mentioning this word and then repeating it got the author into some serious trouble that was not resolved until decades after his death. In this book, The Lost Girl, Lawrence is clearly preoccupied with the word and the novel is very much focused on it and its associated act. Its anticipation, achievement, consequences and perceived implications seem to be t ...more
Gertrude & Victoria
The Lost Girl by D.H. Lawrence is a remarkable achievement of literary craftsmanship. Lawrence's meticulous attention to detail provides the reader with a penetrating look into one girl's world, a world of inner struggle. The flowering youth, Alvina, who has always been cared for by her father and his attendants, seeks to find herself afresh, independent of an overbearing society with its rigid rules and expectations.

She meets an Italian of exotic beauty, Ciccio, who is employed to work at her f
"'Why is it? I don't know. I don't know. The pictures are cheap, and they are easy, and they cost the audience nothing, no feeling of the heart, no appreciation of the spirit, cost them nothing of these. And so they like them, and they don't like us, because they must feel the things we do, from the heart, and appreciate them from the spirit. There!'
'And they don't want to appreciate and to feel?' said Mr. May.
'No. They don't want. They want it all through the eye, and finished - so!..'"
This book gets off to a slow start, but it's well worth sticking it out through the first few chapters. At first I was a little skeptical, seeing as how the main character, Alvina, is portrayed somewhat as a tragic "spinster" of 30...but this couldn't be farther from the truth. While there are definitely aspects of tragedy to her life, she strives for control over it. The book raises some interesting questions: What does it mean to be lost?; Is being lost a good thing?; To what extent are we in ...more
So, the scholars agree that this book isn't as good as most of Lawrence's other work, and maybe they're right. I don't know. I'm not a scholar. All I know is that this book helped me recapture the sense of absorption I felt while reading The Rainbow at a very stressful and unhappy time in my life, and for that it gets five stars and my eternal gratitude, even if it doesn't deserve them.
EB Fitzsimons
DH Lawrence, hipster writer. Full of sullen, handsome young circus men on bicycles.
Melek G.
DNF @25%. Sorry.
As ever, Lawrence writes beautifully. In this novel, he seems a little bitter about the place of the exceptional individual in a conformity-based society. I enjoy his bisexual heroes, and laughed out loud when the one here tells his boyfriend that there is room for all three of them in his new girlfriend's bed.
Considerat cel mai accesibil roman al lui Lawrence, Fata pierdută este o excelentă ilustrare a teoriilor autorului cu privire la întâietatea simţurilor asupra raţiunii, la dragostea ca element primordial al naturii, la distrugerea miturilor filistine şi rigide de constrângere a iubirii libere. Povestea Alvinei Houghton, o tânără onorabilă, dintr-un orăşel de provincie englez, este un exemplu de răsturnare, împotriva tuturor piedicilor, a tiparelor unei vieţi conformiste. Acţiunea romanului se ţe ...more
Iubitorii de literatură clasică se pot bucura de apariția volumului Fata pierdută, poate cel mai accesibil roman al lui D.H. Lawrence. Pasiunea lui Lawrence pentru psihanaliză și teoria lui potrivit căreia simțurile au întâietate și omenirea a ajuns în punctul în care trebuie să se reîntoarcă spre atavism pentru a se revitaliza sunt două dintre cele mai puternic conturate teme ale cărții. Ca și în celelalte romane ale sale, și aici Lawrence reușește să facă praf, cu ironie și foarte mult umor, t ...more
Hadn't read Lawrence for ages but really enjoyed going back to him - so much a part of my formative years. Would I even have become a reader without Lady Chatterley at 15?
Perfect study of a woman's dilemma, as relevant today as it was in the early 20th Century. One frustration: I never felt I truly trusted any of the characters.
David Freeland
A fascinating, lesser-known Lawrence novel that uses vaudeville as its backdrop and features a really terrific female protagonist. Well worth reading!
Mi-a placut parcursul, mi-a placut 'incetineala' cu care autorul a descris viata Alvinei, fata pierduta. Aceasta incetineala e parca impotriva vremii. D. H. Lawrence pare sa nu ma dezamageasca niciodata. Desi autorul descrie femeia anilor 1900, e incredibil de relevanta si pentru timpurile in care traim. E vorba despre femeia aia care e prea femeie ca sa nu se planga si sa nu se suceasca in interiorul ei de o mie de ori si care e prea femeia-in-afara-timpului care intotdeauna ar vrea sa aiba opt ...more
William Baker
I felt the healing touch of this book.
I had not read much D.H. Lawrence...a few of his stories way back in college maybe. But reading The Lost Girl I can see why his works were so concerning to the status quo and so censored.

It is not so much for shocking sex or salacious material, though I am sure some of the imagery and forthright language concerning sex were a bit shocking at the time. No, it is more for his seeming to want to break down conventions and barriers. And not even so much social and political conventions, but the con
Lawrence is one of my favourite authors. The intensity of feeling with which he writes is incredibly powerful. I enjoy his narratives of human relationships. However, I found The Lost Girl difficult to follow. Upon reading, the text is littered with obstacles in the forms of unnecessary facts and descriptions. The natural and usually smooth writing becomes disjointed and difficult to follow, so much so that I abandoned the novel about a quarter of the way through.
I did not enjoy the book at all. I kept reading it for a hope that something different would happen but nothing. I find it boring and Alvina was such a complicated person, hoping for nothing and making terrible decisions all the way. The use of diffrent languages also irritated me. I think I might even regret the time I've wasted reading it!
A powerful, if meandering read, well in keeping with D.H. Lawrence's sympathetic themes of female sexual repression and desire vs. cold English morality.
Shamefully this is the first novel by D.H Lawrence I've read (my English Lit friends must hate me!). The Lost Girl is slow and brooding as it seems like a book that focuses much more on the rich and beautifully textured nature of the English language, rather than the actual story if you catch my drift. I found myself completely enraptured by some of Lawrence's prose (this is a very descriptive book), but almost bored by other parts, especially when it comes to the characters who I developed no r ...more
Anja Calabrese
Strange and captivating book about a girl finding her way in the world and following her heart.
Just when it got good, it ended!!
Rena Searles
A little slow going at first, but worth the perseverance. I read Lady Chatterly's Lover while in college and had forgotten the skill of D. H. Lawrence to draw the reader into a story and force them to feel. Really enjoyed this book, but felt the ending was a little vague - almost as if he could not figure out how it should finish. Amazing how the heroine seemed to be able to live several lives. Loved the word pictures of the Italian countryside - made me want to go!
Irked me at times, and some of Lawrence's depictions of women's thoughts was odd.. but by the end of the book I was content with reading the book.
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I really identify with the main character in The Lost Girl. It's all like, 'Ooo girl, that man of yours is wreaking havoc in your life,' but she just does not care. This novel could've been titled Dickmatized. Obviously I don't truly comprehend the setting of 'proper young ladies must do this and such,' but to a certain degree that's a part of every culture.

Maybe everyone can identify with The Lost Girl.
Carrie M.
Another remarkable novel written by master D.H. Lawrence. The monotonous mid Englands life of Alvina changes completely when she falls in love with exotic italian acteur Ciccio and joins a new kind of life with his circus mates. The description of Alvinas father impoorishment, as well as her travel to Naples and what she finds there, the Latin Lifestyle is simple shockingly amazing! ...more
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always feel a little naughty reading dh lawrence ;)

The last DH Lawrence I read was "Aaron's Rod" and I was not impressed, but I did like "Lady Chatterly's Lover". The "Lost Girl" was good. I think I liked it better than AR because it was woman-centric, like LCL. So I will read more of DH Lawrence.
Alison Miller
A great read in parts, although quite verbose in others, it seems like perfect material for Materpiece Theater. Not the best DH Lawrence book but a quick, entertaining read.
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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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