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The Lost Girl

3.51  ·  Rating Details  ·  518 Ratings  ·  52 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 tr ...more
Hardcover, 442 pages
Published September 7th 2009 by Norilana Books (first published 1920)
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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
Dec 29, 2012 Philip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 11, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: imagining
"'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!..'"
Mar 23, 2009 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2010 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-lit
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.
Nov 22, 2013 Rick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Aug 07, 2014 Semnebune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 06, 2012 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent
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?
Jun 05, 2010 Tasha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2009 David Freeland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating, lesser-known Lawrence novel that uses vaudeville as its backdrop and features a really terrific female protagonist. Well worth reading!
Morgen Salas
Aug 29, 2015 Morgen Salas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Full of the truth about women, men, love... How did DH Lawrence come to know so much about the truth of being human
Feb 10, 2014 Mirela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 14, 2015 Dessa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a bit hard for me to finish the book. But I did and I don't regret it. At first, I thought it was nothing special, but when I put it aside, I found myself pondering upon it. I thought about Alvina. Her character is so raw, so real... I kept wondering what would become of her. She seemed to me both lost and found; a person with no inner peace and endless struggle; a woman whose heart is tired of rules and conventions. All that time, I imagined a bird, hitting itself in the closed window, t ...more
Mar 04, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
incipit mania
Prendete una cittadina di minatori come Woodhouse, con una popolazione di diecimila anime, vecchia di tre generazioni......

La ragazza perduta
Linda A. Lachman
Jun 22, 2015 Linda A. Lachman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful Imagery

Compelling story of a lost soul who was trying to find her place in this world-she chose love,with all of it's hardships & wrestles within herself to continue her journey to happiness-Good Read!
Feb 26, 2014 Lydia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 02, 2015 Joao rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book interesting the relation of the modern world and the labour changes! Also a good overview of a British independent girl and the marriage to an Italian from a different background!Great also the overlook of southern Italy and its living pace
Anja Calabrese
Strange and captivating book about a girl finding her way in the world and following her heart.
Jul 23, 2014 Joggingt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when it got good, it ended!!
Apr 18, 2016 Catty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Herbert Richards Lawrence (n. 11 septembrie 1885 – d. 2 martie 1930) a fost un scriitor englez.Opera sa, puternic influențată de psihanaliza freudiană, exprimă efectul industrializării asupra ființei umane, conflictul dintre instinct și intelect, revolta împotriva supraevaluării spiritualului și reprimării senzualității naturale, ca manifestări puritane, pledând pentru întoarcerea la natură (...)
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Rena Searles
Sep 28, 2012 Rena Searles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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