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Hardcover, 512 pages
Published June 22nd 1999 by Modern Library (first published July 29th 1971)
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Russell George
I remember, when I read Sons and Lovers as a 17 year old, thinking that D H Lawrence was a genius. There were times in these stories that I felt the same, or something similar at least, but at other points I could understand why many people have found him so annoying. He clearly had various difficult, even openly hostile, relationships in his life, but sometimes the way he describes them is so tangential that you forget that there are real people involved. At worst, Lawrence just repeats himself ...more
Each of the stories in this collection (selected from Lawrence's first collection of short stories, published in 1914) is a complex and insightful examination of a different facet of the experience of love--mainly, erotic love, but also the love (or frustration thereof) between parents and children. If you like a happy ending, or like stories in which love is a source primarily of redemption and happiness, you won't like this collection. The characters variously act out of wisdom and self-delusi ...more
Stephen Hawks
I may not have read all of these but remember one of his short stories that I am sure would be in this collection. It is The Horse dealers Daughter. At 17 it had a profound effect on me and I can almost say that the course of my life was profoundly influenced by its sentiments.
I love short stories and hunt them out by all my favorite authors. D.H. Lawrence surely is at the top of this list, and at the top of his game with these beauties. They gleam in the candlelight with the same richness as polished wood.
He was a great short story writer - better than (most of) his novels I think.
Some stories were more appealing than others.
great for reading in the bath
So I went into reading this with an open mind…really…I did. Well I tried to. This is supposed to be a collection of Lawrence’s best short stories and so I was hoping to enjoy at least a couple of them. To be fair, unlike some of the other collected stories of his works, at least there is a range of subject matter here so it is not merely a series of pictures about the mining community or the portrayal of marriage gone wrong. So if you must buy one collection of Lawrence stories, this is probably ...more
In one of the stories from this wonderful compendium, The Man Who Loved Islands, Lawrence has incorporated several themes and many layers of meaning all in less that twenty-five pages. The man who "loved islands" appears Quixotic as he attempts to create an imaginary island world around himself as he sequesters his being in his book-laden library to write about the birds of the classical world. But his dreams were quickly corroded as the corruption of humanity tainted his imaginary Eden. Suggest ...more
Jeff Hobbs
May 07, 2015 Jeff Hobbs marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-fiction
Already read:

Love among the Haystacks--
The Miner at Home--
The White Stocking--
The Odour of Chysanthemums--
New Eve and Old Adam--
Vin Ordinaire--
The Prussian Officer--
England, My England--
The Horse-Dealer's Daughter--
The Blind Man--
The Last Straw--
The Rocking-Horse Winner--
The Man Who Loved Islands--2
Scott Whitney
I have had this book on my kindle for some time and am happy I had the time to read it. There are different stories in here which open the view to understand the relationship between men and women and the tragedy which is sometimes love. I think my favorite of the stories is Daughters of the Vickar.
Chas Bayfield
I read this ages ago and wasn't impressed. All the protagonists seemed to be losers, on the brink of exploding with pent up passion. Boys seem unnaturally close to their mothers. The White Stocking, Love Among the Haystacks and Tickets Please stood out.
Nadezda Kolokolova
Купила эту книгу в надежде открыть для себя Дэвида Герберта Лоуренса как великого английского романиста, но как я поняла во время прочтения книги, начинать знакомство с творчеством автора с коротких рассказов не стоило.
Каждый рассказ имеет небольшую сюжетную линию, невообразимо прекрасные описания внешности героев и окружающей их природы,НО мне не хватило задора в этих рассказах. Когда я читала, я как будто находилась в каком-то трансе, а это обычно признак того,что книга мне не нравится.
В общем
It was interesting to refresh myself on some classic D. H. Lawrence. If you're strictly reading this as a period piece, most of the stories are quite humorous, even when they're not 'humorous'. But since I'm a product of my generation, I can still enjoy a number of the stories on their own merit, but the way women are treated in others just leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Of course, it then behooves me to read deeper into the milieu and see that, in fact, this author really does respect women, a ...more
Natasha Isaacs
Selected Short Stories by D.H. Lawrence, wrote a book that talks about adult situations and life problems and in all the chapters it's setting was in the United Kingdom (U.K) a guys mother had died and his last word to her was "mother!, should i go to work" and her last word was yes. then on the same day after her son left for work his mother had died. This had left the son in a depression stage where he was losing himself. This book is very detailed has big vocabulary and I recommend this book ...more
Dóra Birgis
Las eina smásögu, heitir "Einu sinni" á Íslensku
Abby Farr
I think D.H. Lawrence is, without a doubt, the greatest short story writer in the English language. That said, I wish this collection had included my favorite short story, The Horse Dealer's Daughter. These stories were fantastic.
A quick read. I particulalry liked "Second Best" but while reading "The White Stocking" I wondered if Lawrence was a chauvinist.

I know it's awful, but I have yet to read "Lady Chatterley's Lover" and "Sons and Lovers."
Sudhamshu Hebbar
Didn't finish reading the book. Read 4 short stories and found them rather dull. I guess it needs a different state of mind to leisurely read it and appreciate the thoughts.
I didn't read this copy (and I'm not sure this edition even contains this story but...) I read "The Horse Dealer's Daughter" 4/27/07
Read for my Modern and Contemporary Lit class. I remember not being terribly impressed, but it did generate good discussion.
D.H. Lawrence is so good at short stories...other than The Christening (which was a little boring) I enjoyed this book.
A great book for picking up and reading a short story between longer novels. takes me back to my school days.
Evan Schwenk
Yes to possible masturbation...the pornography of early twentieth century England. Brilliant.
A good collection of short stories by Lawrence.
I gave it a 4/5. What more can I say?
Beautiful, a little sentimental, but lovely
A great collection.
Isabella Paschuini
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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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