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England, My England
 
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D.H. Lawrence
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England, My England

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The lull continued. Then suddenly came sharp orders, and a new direction of the guns, and an intense, exciting activity. Yet at the center the soul remained dark and aloof, alone. But even so, it was the soul that heard the new sound: the new, deep "papp " of a gun that seemed to touch right upon the soul. He kept up the rapid activity at the machine-gun, sweating. But in...more
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Published August 26th 1982 by Penguin Books (first published March 23rd 1915)
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S.L. Dixon
This was a dark and biting selection of stories from just after the first World War, yet none dealt directly with the war itself. That made the stories all the more readable and enjoyable to me.
The characters were sometimes hard to fathom thanks to social nicety and social acceptability of the time, for those that use the phrase the gold old days couldn't possibly mean the early 1920's, especially when concerning the female sex.
But the stories did as they should should and poked holes in those...more
Emma Joy
I hesitated to be convinced by the previous reviews for this book for all of them were upsetting. I still dared to read the book. The title was very much appealing "England, my England", how can I resist it? Then, I decided I shall judge it for myself.

As I began reading, I had a sort of outrage over the book reviewers. It was finely written. But the more I went on through the pages, I felt compassion amongst my fellow readers of this book. It was a compilation of short stories tackling mainly so...more
Rick
Lawrence writes beautifully, as ever, but I think novels give him the space to develop characters and situations. These short stories seem cut short. As soon as you begin to care about someone, they're gone. This collection is mostly about World War I, the way it changed British society, and the psychological and cultural cost of the war. Nothing seems right any more, and maybe it never was right.
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The book was disappointing. I suppose I look for completion, or somewhat of a happy ending; this book had neither. In a deeper sense, emotions were expressed and felt clearly; life's pain and games people play were quite real; the book portrayed the reality of life.
Alice
Not my cup of tea - short stories give me a weird unsettled feeling. These were all pretty bleak too.
Sally-W
Some of the stories end unexpectedly. Some are quite bleak. Not for everyone.
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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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