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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  88,561 ratings  ·  4,354 reviews
Lawrence's frank portrayal of an extramarital affair and the explicit sexual explorations of it's central characters caused this controversial book, now considered a masterpiece, to be banned as pornography until 1960.
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published June 12th 1983 by Modern Library (first published 1928)
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Sarah Darling Jones The first initial interaction definitely seemed like rape to me. I tried to consider the time period in which this story took place and maybe forceful…moreThe first initial interaction definitely seemed like rape to me. I tried to consider the time period in which this story took place and maybe forceful romance was more overlooked back then? I wasn't too fond of any of the men in this book. (less)
Destination Unknown No Animal abuse. Its just the main character is a game Keeper. Hence its shows holding a chicken. Also there is no violent episode with Cat. Its just…moreNo Animal abuse. Its just the main character is a game Keeper. Hence its shows holding a chicken. Also there is no violent episode with Cat. Its just mentioned one poaching cat is shot by the Game-Keeper.(less)

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Brad
Mar 25, 2008 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 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
Sep 27, 2007 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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°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
Ένα ερωτικο μυθιστόρημα με πλούτο αισθησιασμού και συναισθημάτων. Ένας ύμνος στον έρωτα και τα πάθη της σάρκας με θαυμαστή περιγραφή,χωρις υπερβολές αποδίδεται η σεξουαλικη ένωση δυο κορμιών σε ένα και παρουσιάζεται ως φλογερό αισθησιακό παιχνίδι του μυαλού και του σώματος χωρις χυδαιότητα.
Ακόμη κι όταν χρησιμοποιεί λέξεις με πρόστυχη "ηθική" σημασία στον αναγνώστη περνούν εύκολα στο πλαίσιο που περιγράφονται.

Η ιστορια μας απλή.
Είμαστε στη βρετανική επαρχία την περιοδο της βιομηχανικής επανάσ
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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
Dec 05, 2008 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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Carol
3.5 Stars

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) upperc

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Jo
*This review contains explicit content*

D.H Lawrence, what have you done to me? This book was so much more than I thought it was going to be. This was an experience that I wanted to devour quickly, but that would mean not being able to soak up and bathe in Lawrence's every word, so I realised I needed to take my time.
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 bo
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Lady Chatterley's Lover, David Herbert Richards (D.H.) Lawrence
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 d
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Steven Godin
Though this maybe looked at as the book that bought sex writing to the masses, 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' delivers more than just the oohs and aahs of an elicit love affair, it can also be seen as a parable of post-war England, and the steady rise in modernism. It even features a dog called Flossie. Why is this significant to me? Because I once had a childhood dog with the same name, bless her soul.

Slammed and banned for being pornograpic back in the day, this caused a storm. Now it's just a smal
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Amber
Sep 10, 2007 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
Dem
Oct 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bookclub-reads
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 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
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Χαρά Ζ.
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-love
_Lady Chatterley's Lover_

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
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Cheryl
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vintage
Oh D.H., you eccentric one. You’ve outdone yourself.

(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
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Duane
Very explicit for it's time. One of Lawrence's 3 love novels, as I call them; Sons and Lovers, Women in Love, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.
J
Feb 04, 2009 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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Vanessa
Mar 18, 2008 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
Kirk
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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دوستانِ گرانقدر، این اثر را میتوان به اصطلاح سکسی ترین کتابِ <لارنس> دانست... اثری که لارنس در آن با یاریِ زبانِ جنسی و توصیفاتِ سکسی، منظور و پیامش را به خوانندگانِ کتابش میرساند و برخی از رفتارِ عناصر ِ اصلیِ داستانش را به نظر میرسد از شخصیتِ خود و همچنین همسرش <فریدا> وام گرفته باشد
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داستان در موردِ زنی به نامِ <لیدی چتِرلی> یا <کانی> میباشد.... شوهرِ لیدی چترلی یا همان کانی، به اصطلاح جانبازِ جنگی است و <کیفورد> نام دارد،
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Apatt
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
Idle: Is, uh,...Is your wife a goer, eh? Know whatahmean, know whatahmean, nudge nudge, know whatahmean, say no 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
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Daniel Clausen
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-of-2018
Before I can say anything about the novel, I have to talk about the novel's first paragraph. I love novel openings sometimes more than I love novels themselves. This novel has one of the best first paragraphs ever, to be ranked with "A Tale of Two Cities".

"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
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Oziel Bispo
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Acabo de ler "O Amante de Lady Chatterley "do escritor D.H.Lawrence (1885-1935).A estória parece bem simples: Clifford Chatterley retorna da primeira guerra mundial paralisado da cintura para baixo.Ele , um esnobe da classe alta, muito rico dono de minas de carvão, deixa Lady Chatterley atordoada ao sugerir que ela tenha um filho de outro homem, um herdeiro para sua fortuna, já que ele ,devido à sua parasilia, não teria como dar a ela um filho.Lady Chatterley ,Connie ,seu nome de solteira, se ap ...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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David Schaafsma
“There's a bad time coming, boys, there's a bad time coming! If things go on as they are, there's nothing lies in the future but death and destruction, for these industrial masses.”

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
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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...
Paul Sánchez Keighley
This book is: a warning of the dangers living in an industrialised society poses to the human soul, a study of the disintegration of post-war British aristocracy, and a manifesto for the recovery of the long-lost art of just chilling the fuck out and shamelessly enjoying sex (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
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Pink
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Gabrielle
Some books have a very deceptive reputation, and “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” is an excellent example. There was an obscenity trial about it, so it must be page after page of explicit sex (between the aristocrats and the help, no less!), right? Well, no, not really. There is sex, and it’s frankly described (and discussed at great lengths), and some naughty words are used – but it’s not that simple, nor is it gratuitous.

Sir Clifford Chatterley was injured in the Great War, and one of the sad consequ
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Ivana Books Are Magic
More sensual than lyrical, more original than accomplished, this is an unusual novel! I've read it quite a long time ago (at least four or five years ago), but I remember it fondly. It is not exactly a significant achievement of literature, but it feels so fresh, I can't help liking it. Sure, it's messy, disorganized and even probably a bit dated but there is something original in it. It is not the best writing out there but there is substantial ambition and drive behind it that can't be missed. ...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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