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A bleak, unrelenting tale of poverty and loss, Lawrence’s expertly crafted novella chillingly examines man’s increasing inability to love and be loved. Looking for acceptance from his new congregation, the Reverend Ernest Lindley cannot ignore the fact that his parishioners are far from welcoming. Rather than confront such hostility, the Lindleys instead become ever more i ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Hesperus Press (first published 1914)
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Jun 16, 2013 Laura rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bettie, Carey, Wanda
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4 Extra Debut. Impoverished sisters Louisa and Mary struggle to choose lives governed either by emotion or intellect. Stars Rachel Atkins and Cathy Sara.
Nov 26, 2015 Steven rated it liked it
Shelves: british
More sexually charged longings of young women for manly miner types...
Dec 23, 2015 Alaa rated it really liked it
A quick read, for when you are traveling or sitting to sip your drink. You can obviously see the difference of the emotional dynamic between the women and the men in this novel. While the women are portrayed to be more emotionally experienced, the men are almost indifferent unless given a push. Louisa, the younger daughter, having to witness how unhappy her parents and her sister with their lifeless marriage, she is determined to marry out of love; little does she know how cold and indifferent t ...more
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Apr 01, 2015 Shervin Ghiami rated it really liked it

A wonderfully circumlocutory exposition on love, marriage and honor in the early 20th century. Daughters of the Vicar describes the marriages of two sisters - Mary and Louise, and how one was out of duty, and the other, of love. Lawrence doesn't opine the more moral marriage, rather details them using scrutinous language. Certainly, few authors would describe the passionate gaze as "torturous". Not essential reading by any means, but a worthwhile one.

Jan 02, 2016 Emily added it
Shelves: adult
Classic Lawrence. Gentry vs working man. Intelligence vs. ignorance. Reason vs. passion. Love vs. hate, and so it goes.
Jan 01, 2014 Penny rated it liked it
This short story reminded me of why I used to love Lawrence so much as a teenager. It has all the angst and repression that teenagers feel in a simple tale comparing the marital choices of two sisters, which is probably no different now than from the 1910s and 1920s. As an adult the prose seems more difficult to feel but is has sharpened my appetite for revisiting more of Lawrence's work.
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Jan 20, 2013 Janet Parfitt rated it liked it
This was a good book but not brilliant. The descriptions were evocative but some of the characters were quite unpleasant and the end was a bit vague so that I didn't really understand what happened at all.
Jun 28, 2007 Aileen rated it it was ok
This early Lawrence reads like an unfinished sketch of many of his later works. The themes are there, just not quite fleshed out on the characters.
Nov 03, 2015 Bettie☯ rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: BBC Radio Listeners

Description: Louisa and Mary, daughters of the impoverished vicar of Aldecross, see only marriage as a means of escape from their routine lives. The arrival of a new young curate fills them with anticipation, but will his intellectual qualities match up to the more physical attractions of Alfred Durant, the son of a local miner? Lawrence's novella, written at around the same time as Sons and Lovers, is a classic tale of the struggle between emotion and int
Sep 22, 2011 Suzie rated it did not like it
I think I dislike D.H. Lawrence. I read this with Lexy for a class. Depressing.
May 20, 2011 Janis rated it it was amazing
Another Lawrence Classic - easy read, excellent.
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Mar 19, 2011 Ngan Lewandowska rated it liked it
Victorian literotica!
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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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