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Women in Love (Brangwen Family #2)

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Perhaps no other of the world’s great writers lived and wrote with the passionate intensity of D. H. Lawrence. And perhaps no other of his books so explores the mysteries between men and women–both sensual and intellectual–as Women in Love. Written in the years before and during World War I in a heat of great energy, and criticized for its exploration of human sexuality, t ...more
Paperback, Bantam Classic Reissue, 624 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Bantam Classic (first published 1920)
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Laura Actually, reading Women in Love first would be the way original audiences got the story because The Rainbow was banned. Lawrence couldn't find a…moreActually, reading Women in Love first would be the way original audiences got the story because The Rainbow was banned. Lawrence couldn't find a publisher for Women in Love until 1920, and even then he could only publish it in the US. (British publishers wouldn't touch it after The Rainbow debacle.) In addition, the two books aren't really sequels in the way we think of sequels today. They're more like two stories that have some of the same characters. So, I say go for it! (less)
C. J. When reading Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence I always kept a dictionary by my side because I did not want to miss out on any of the subtle meanings of…moreWhen reading Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence I always kept a dictionary by my side because I did not want to miss out on any of the subtle meanings of the text just because I was not familiar with some of the vocabulary and phrases. I think it matters to understand the whole of the text to truly appreciate what the author intended.(less)
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Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I can review this only in relation to its precursor, The Rainbow (review here).

My Journey

I went straight from the flames of floral, rural passion in The Rainbow, to this often brittle discussion of the abstract, set in a more mechanical age, where animals - metaphorical and literal - are key, and death’s shadow hovers hungrily. It's beautiful, entrancing, but also opaque and frustrating.

I travelled with Ursula from her teenage years in the balmy countryside, where people act on their desires,
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Sep 27, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Violet wells
Probably it’s always going to be a mistake to reread a book you loved in your youth. I haven’t read Lawrence for a long time. I believed I had his triumphs and failures pretty clear in my mind. Sons and Lovers, the early stories, The Rainbow and Women in Love all masterpieces; everything that followed going from bad to worse. So it was a shock to discover that Women in Love probably belongs in the latter category. There are, of course, flashes of his unique genius but they are few and far betwee ...more
Edward Waverley
May 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: humans
Recommended to Edward by: David Lodge
Ever noticed how many people hate DH Lawrence? Often for opposite reasons by the way--there are those who condemn his misognyny, while others allege him to be too doting of the fair sex. Which is it? Sometimes he's damned for being too obscene, but elsewhere dismissed as overly fussy about flowers and horses. He even gets clubbed for creating self-absorbed characters, just after someone has taken a swipe at him for promoting a harmful ideal of sacrificial love. All of these folks can agree that ...more
I want to find you, where you don’t know your own existence, the you that your common self denies utterly. But I don’t want your good looks, and I don’t want your womanly feelings, and I don’t want your thoughts nor opinions nor your ideas—they are all bagatellas to me.

If you’ve already experienced gag reflex, then you know what to partly expect from this book. Yet to say this was all this book was about, would mean I did not take the time to read all of it.

After having had friendly debates
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best book I probably will ever read. I think I fell in love with Lawrence and his ideas. Am I sick?
Jun 19, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is another old review, written for another website back in 2003, my memory of this book is shoddy at best.

I believe D. H. Lawrence, despite writing constantly about men and women in a risqué manner for his time, is gay. Why do I say this? Because of the three Lawrence novels I've read to date in only one does he even get close to writing an authentic relationship between a man and a woman. It's not in the two novels I would expect though. In Lady Chatterly's Lover and in Women in Love Lawre
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
No Pot O' Gold Past the End of The Rainbow

This was a letdown from The Rainbow (1915), which stirred and sizzled, was better written and seemed more momentous. In it, Ursula Brangwen came of age and defied the conventions of the unsophisticated environs in which she was raised, so she could selfishly search for satisfaction of the senses in a university town.

With Women in Love (1921), D.H. Lawrence continues his look at marriage and the relationships between men and women. Ursula is now a teacher
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ο D. H Lawrens εναντιώνετε σε όλα τα κοινωνικά στερεότυπα που τον πνίγουν… Στην φωνή του ήρωα του Μπίρκιν, ένιωθα ότι άκουγα τον ίδιο τον συγγραφέα, καθόλη την διάρκεια της ανάγνωσης. Θα μου πείτε βέβαια οτι οι μύχιες σκέψεις ενός ήρωα, είτε ακόμη και του ίδιου του αφηγητή, πρέπει να παραμένουν στο ίδιο το μυθιστόρημα και να μην θεωρούμε λαθεμένα ότι είναι οι ίδιες οι σκέψεις του δημιουργού, οτιδήποτε άλλο πέρα από αυτό, είναι παιδιάστικο. Όμως εάν διαβάσετε τις Ερωτευμένες γυναίκες θα καταλάβετ ...more
Carolyn F.
This is not just because the narrator talks too fast and is really hard to understand, it's also because I'm just too old for this book. In my idealistic youth I would have found the ramblings of these people inspiring but now I'm bored. They go on and on about how the world is awful and I just had enough and can't finish it.
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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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