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Lady Chatterley's Lover

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Lawrence's frank portrayal of an extramarital affair and the explicit sexual explorations of the central characters caused this controversial book, now considered a masterpiece, to be banned as pornography until 1960.
Hardcover, 365 pages
Published September 3rd 1986 by Random House Value Publishing (first published 1928)
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Belle Haha, mine too, there's this guy holding a poor chicken in my cover. I don't know if there are scenes featuring animal abuse though :) Just started…moreHaha, mine too, there's this guy holding a poor chicken in my cover. I don't know if there are scenes featuring animal abuse though :) Just started reading it(less)

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Brad
Nov 02, 2011 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Madeline
Aug 16, 2008 Madeline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list, ugh
I honestly think that if this book hadn't been banned for obscene content, no one would have ever read it. Yes, there are lots of sex scenes (omg scandalous) but all the stuff in between is, for the most part, ungodly boring. The book gets points for having some very intellectual discussions of class and the differences between men and women, and Lawrence's characters talk about sex with more honesty than any other book I've ever read, but that's about all it has going for it. I was about fifty ...more
Paul Bryant
May 08, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
"Afternoon, m'lady - do ye fancy a quick one over yon five barred gate?"

"Oh you earthy gamekeepers, well I don't know... oh alright... but only if you mention my private parts in a rough yet tender manner and clasp them enthusiastically betwixt your craggy extremities."

Lord Chatterley, from a mullioned window: "Grr, if I wasn't just a symbol of the impotent yet deadening power of the English aristocracy I'd whip that bounder to within an inch of an orgasm."

40 years later :

Barrister in full periw
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Jason Koivu
Oh man, I wanted to like this soooo bad! So many people complained about it, but I misconstrued their complaints for prudishness or lord knows what. (NOTE TO SELF: Stop judging people's judgements until you can judge for yourself!)

But the fact is, two-thirds of the way in I was done with this. I absolutely trudged through to the end.

Why? It's not because this is basically porn. I luuuuvs me the sex! Apparently this caused quite a scandal and I can see why. The language is sexually explicit, unn
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Paula
May 11, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah, D.H. Lawrence, why are you so awesome?

I think Lawrence is one of those writers you either love or hate, and this is possibly even more true of Lady Chatterley's Lover, his last novel. The author's confidence speaks on every page: firstly, Lawrence has no qualms about interjecting his opinion in the narration throughout. Secondly, the book is from the perspective of a woman, a challenge for any male author, and thirdly (and possibly most famously), the book makes liberal use of "fuck" and "cu
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Amber
Sep 10, 2007 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Kelly
Okay, DH, so I was sort of with you at the beginning. I was amused by or interested in watching you create a tale that seemed to be a love child of the Lost Gen and existentialist authors that instead turned out a rebelliously nostalgic Romantic, a perverted Wordsworth in a Bacchanalian temple. I rolled my eyes at, yet went along with, the endless repetition, of "everything is nothing," by your twit of a main character, Connie, or at poor Sir Clifford who builds endless castles of theories in th ...more
J
Dec 09, 2009 J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I've not taken ten minutes on Lady Chatterley's Lover, outside of looking at its opening pages. It is most damnable! It is written by a man with a diseased mind and a soul so black that he would obscure even the darkness of hell!"

Utah’s Reed Smoot was speaking to the 1930 Senate. To demonstrate just how filthy they were, he’d threatened to read from Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Honore de Balzac's Droll Tales, the poetry of Robert Burns, the Kama Sutra… The place was packed. Unfortunately
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Kirk
Feb 11, 2009 Kirk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medium-warm
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
Desislava
Jun 11, 2015 Desislava rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
On the whole, I would say that this book is considered a classic mostly because of its legendary troubles with the censors. Don't get me wrong - it was an alright book, interesting enough to hold my attention for the most part. However, I don't think that I'll be recommending it any time soon.

My biggest problem with this book is how the female protagonist is completely a male fantasy. The book's message is simply that men like women who are able to climax at the same time as their partners witho
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Vanessa
Mar 18, 2008 Vanessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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...
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
Aurora
Jun 24, 2012 Aurora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Dem
Nov 12, 2015 Dem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Book Club Read for November for Sit in Book Club.

I finished this book only because it was a bookclub read and in order to discuss a book at meetings I really feel I need the full story. I thought this book was crap and I will explain why I thought so.

The Novel was banned and I do think that if it hadnt been banned this book would have had no impact what so ever and very few people would have bothered to pick it up to read.

The book was written back in the 1920s and I really do think that D H Lawe
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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 abou
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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
Jun 23, 2015 Laurel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
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
Jun 25, 2008 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
Dolors
Mar 17, 2013 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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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Katrina Van Derne
I wanted to like this book. I gave it a lot of tries to change my mind, getting me to the end, but that changed nothing. If I had read it when it came out and I found myself in Britain, maybe it would have mattered more. But nowadays it's just erotica, which I'm not into. The main character was pretty plain even though the book insisted she wasn't. The writing was a bit repetitive and not in a useful way, just lazy. The commentary, like I said, got lost in the times. Now I get why a lot of peopl ...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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Jessica
Dec 18, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I decided to read this book because it was a famous banned book. It was seen by many as being obscene.

This was an interesting book. Some of the sex parts were unintentionally funny (ex. Mellors comparing his wife's vagina to a beak and all the John Thomas/Lady Jane talk). On the other hand it did offer some interesting perspectives on sex. Apart from the sex, this book also offered commentary against industrialization.
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
Feb 05, 2010 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2010
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
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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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