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Lady Chatterley's Lover
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 ...more
"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 ...more
I found this book in a used bookstore, and even when I picked it up, my Dad raised an eyebrow at me. I said "Oh come on Dad, I'm thirty-three" I thought it was just going to be a book with countless sex scenes and not mu ...more
Lady Chatterley's Lover is a novel by D. H. Lawrence, first published privately in 1928 in Italy, and in 1929 in France and Australia. An unexpurgated edition was not published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960.
The story concerns a young married woman, the former Constance Reid (Lady Chatterley), whose upper class husband, Sir Clifford Chatterley, described as a handsome, well-built man, has been paralysed from the waist down ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Both were passionately written novels written by angst-driven, poor lost souls.
The first one I completed was Chatterley. A darkly impassioned, brooding work, one wishes repeatedly, during its endlessly extended panegyrics to the brute force of nature, for a breath of fresh air, a moment of unconsidered spontaneity, an escape to cooler and less feverish climes.
It’s as if Lawrence, and his dark antihero M ...more
Well.........I can certainly see why LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER was banned soon after publication back in 1928.
So okay, you already know or anticipate that this particular classic is going to contain vulgarity and erotic situations, but for the life of me, I never thought it would be a combination of tedium and humor.
The story is rather unremarkable in itself, and pretty much given away in the book summary, so no spoiler here......
Aristocratic (and highly superior in his own mind) uppe...more
Slammed and banned for being pornograpic back in the day, this caused a storm. Now it's just a smal ...more
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 try to explain my reasons why.
The Novel was banned and I do think that if it hadn't 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 ...more
"Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road ...more
There are no words to describe how much i love this book. I mean, i really, really, really do love this book, even if it became vulgar and indelicate at some point, even when i thought it was too much. I couldn't put it down, i had to keep reading, i had to keep reading D. H. Lawrence's words and sentences and paragraphs. I had the need to keep reading.
This man did something amazing in the begining of this book. Nobody has ever understood a female's temperament and ment ...more
(Here’s to my fourth Lawrence read, and counting…)
This is not your read if you cringe when faced with numerous sexual scenes that depict various sex positions, language that doesn’t shy away from using the four letter words that start with c and f, and insane sexual stream of thought. I suppose if one could wrap up Lawrence’s reasoning about his work, this would be a good summary phrase:
Sex is really only touch, the closest of all touch. And it...more
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 ...more
If you're new to Lawrence then this isn't the place to start, I'd say, even if it's his most infamous and easily recognised title due to *that* court case. It's actually pretty uneven and tends to polemic. That said, there are some lovely tender passages between Connie and Mellors (the flower scene) though one does have to be in the right mood - at the wrong time, all those 'quivering' 'loins' (apparently two of Lawrence's favourite words when writing this) just bring on the giggles!
(Or, as Lawrence rather off-puttingly puts it, ‘the sex-thing'.)
More specifically, it’s about how sex has been perverted (no pun intended) and adulterated (still no pun intended) by dogma, decorum and, this being an early 20 ...more
I first read Lady Chatterley’s Lover when I was 14, in 1967. I felt I had to hide it well from my mother, so kept it between my mattresses. It was the first book I read with explicit sexual passages, and the first time I had read words no one in my house or neighborhood yet used, words used proudly and unashamedly to ...more
Jones: I, uh, I beg your pardon?
Idle: Your, uh, your wife, does she go, eh, does she go, eh?
Jones: Well, she sometimes 'goes', yes.
Idle: I bet she does, I bet she does, say no more, say no more, know whatahmean, nudge nudge?
- Monty Python’s “Nudge Nudge” sketch
Why did I just quote that? I don’t know, it seems oddly appropriate somehow (but probably isn’t!)
From its reputation, I w ...more
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 ...more
Sir Clifford Chatterley was injured in the Great War, and one of the sad consequ ...more
5 stars and I don't hand those out lightly. ...more
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