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Complete Short Stories, Vol 2

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In the judgment of many, Lawrence's expansive genius found its happiest expression within disciplined limits, for in his short stories and short novels his powers are never weakened by the repetitions which mar some of his longer works. As a short-story writing, Lawrence at his best was unexcelled.
Paperback, C96, 303 pages
Published July 10th 1961 by Penguin/Viking Compass (Non-Classics) (first published 1961)
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J.M. Hushour
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another zinger from Lawrence.
These stories are of a slightly different hue than the first volume. A few take place in the American southwest and move away from the stuffy social mores of Lawrence's England. There is thus a greater effusion of a sense of expansiveness, of triumph, and little of the guilt that mark his earlier works. Stories like "Two Blue Birds" or "Monkey Nuts" deal with bold, independent women asserting themselves against or even for the will of men, with mixed results. One, "
Mikey B.
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
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This collection of short stories did not go over well with me. I found the underlying theme in most to be that of domination (power) and the behavior of the dominating and dominated – all this with a distinct psycho-sexual tone. It became really tiresome.

The best story in the lot “The Princess” ended is this fashion – sexual dominance. It really leads one to believe that D.H. had some serious problems he needed work on – the man needed help. Perhaps writing served as a vent, whic
Jan 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
much obliged to meet a peacock named Joey. see: 'wintry peacock' and other tidy tales here.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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It is a wonderful experience to become immersed in Lawrence's world of early 20th century northern England: the life of the working class, encounters with the moneyed, love and lust, games on days off, drinking, miners' strikes. Some have almost an O. Henry-type twist, but of emotions rather than plot.
Apr 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
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A more critical and engaged reader would perhaps be able to speak intelligent about the differences between Volume 1 and Volume 2 and Lawrence's development as a writer over time, but I am not that reader. I think it's safe to assume that everything I wrote about Volume 1 would apply to Volume 2 as well.
Annette Boehm
May 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
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...The stories I did read in this book (five of them) were all depressing. As far as craft goes, there was a lot of telling, not a lot of showing, and that makes reading boring for me. There was an underlying sense of misogyny running through most of what I read, but this may not be true for all the stories. Didn't finish it because it made me feel depressed.
Daniel Rowe
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lawrence is amazing in his short fiction. Excellently written and so powerful. So many layers to the many stories. An excellent read.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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"The Snake" is my favorite.
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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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