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One of the most extraordinary literary works of the twentieth century, Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned in England and the United States after its initial publication in 1928. The unexpurgated edition did not appear in America until 1959, after one of the most spectacular legal battles in publishing history.

With her soft brown hair, lithe figure and big, wondering eyes,
Paperback, Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, 364 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Penguin Classics (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)
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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
Aug 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
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
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
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 book with countless sex scenes and not mu
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
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
Jul 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read two famous novels in the Summer of 1971: this, and Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward Angel.

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
Dec 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brittish-lit
Lady Chatterley's Lover has been one of the most controversial books of 20th-century classical literature. Branded as pornography and called "the foulest book in English literature", the book has faced severe censure as no other written piece of British literature, and its copies were hunted down. It is true that the book didn't conform to the accepted standard of morality of English literature, but it is by no means "pornography". If you go by the 21st-century standard, you can laugh at the d ...more
Feb 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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) uppe

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
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
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
Oct 15, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Daniel Clausen
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
It is a novel as we like them with a heroine who wants to live her life physically and morally, but the early twentieth century in England did not allow this kind of situation. Moral values concerning marriage did not let people have extra-marital relations despite the worst that could have happened to one of the two spouses.
The author knew how to go beyond these values and rightly wrote us a magnificent novel with the most exciting descriptions of human relations, whether moral or physical.
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
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
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
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. ...more
Feb 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
“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
Amalia Gkavea
“It's no good trying to get rid of your own aloneness. You've got to stick to it all your life. Only at times, at times, the gap will be filled in. At times! But you have to wait for the times. Accept your own aloneness and stick to it, all your life. And then accept the times when the gap is filled in, when they come. But they've got to come. You can't force them.” ...more
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
Roman Clodia
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

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!

Dave 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
Matthew Ted
[19th book of 2021. Artist for this review is English painter William Etty, who was the first significant British painter of nudes.]

As a warning: there will be foul language, sex and nudity (portraits) in this review.

This is a messy, clumsy, heavy-handed novel with, credit to Lawrence (if credit is due), quite vulgar exchanges and explicit sex scenes for the time. Of course, this novel is infamous for its trial and its banning and the uproar it caused. With writers like Bret Easton Ellis in the
Feb 11, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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... ...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 re ...more

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