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Lady Chatterley's Lover is a novel by D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1928. The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical (and emotional) relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable words.

The story is said to have originated from events in Lawrence's own unhappy domes
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Paperback, Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition, Graphic Novel, 364 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Penguin Classics (first published 1928)
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Madeline
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
"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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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
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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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
J
“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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Desislava
On the whole, I would say that this book is considered a classic mostly because of its legendary troubles with the censors. Don't get me wrong - it was an alright book, interesting enough to hold my attention for the most part. However, I don't think that I'll be recommending it any time soon.

My biggest problem with this book is how the female protagonist is completely a male fantasy. The book's message is simply that men like women who are able to climax at the same time as their partners witho
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Rebecca
This book's an inversion of erotic. Love the claim that women who like sex with men are lesbian. All hail that reasoning.

*bathes in bleach*
Sally Howes
This is the story of Lady Constance Chatterley, or 'Connie', her loveless marriage to Sir Clifford Chatterley, a man rendered both physically and emotionally crippled and impotent by the First World War, and her love affair with their gamekeeper, Mellors, a unique character who has deliberately retreated from opportunities for social and economic advancement and returned to his working class roots. The story is completely character-driven, which is why its grand themes of the immutability of the ...more
Ghada
من المجحف ان تُقيم رواية من جانب واحد وهذا ما حدث للراوية منذ زمن وحتي الأن لبعض من قرؤاها حيث قيمت من منظور المشاهد الجنسية وجدت ذلك من خلال البحث عن الرواية وما اثير عنها من جدل
مع ان تلك المشاهد اتت في سياق السرد بدون اقحام ومن دون ابتذال..
بالطبع لا زالت الف باء في قراءتي ولأول مرة اتعرف على الكاتب والشاعر د. ه. لورانس
واثناء ذلك قرأت مقالة لذات الكاتب( رؤية ذاتية لليدي تشارتلي ) وبها شدتني اكثر للقراءة
الرواية اعطت موضوع التمايز الطبقي في تلك الفترة النصيب الاكبر فيها كما هو جلياً في الحوار
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Tara E
This book shouldn't be banned. It should be incinerated for causing boredom. This is a book that made me want to gouge my eyes out for trying to read through it - which I did for book club purposes.
The sex was the most interesting part of an otherwise tedious and boring rant amongst vapid and unlikeable characters.

It is one book I thoroughly encourage all my friends not to read.
Pablo
I'm very impressed with how well D.H Lawrence was able to get into the characters sexual intercourse scenarios without falling into the vulgar or unnecessary*. For example, he can go over orgasms for paragraphs, after pages of actual intercourse to describe the passion of the moment that defines the relationship and the type of romance there is. The millions of thoughts while probing their bodies, minds and souls. It's not a sex description as in a scene, is more about the metaphysical aspect be ...more
Meg
One of my more conservative acquaintances approached me a few years ago, cmpletely outraged that a novel classified as a classic could be filled with as much "filth" as Lady Chatterley's Lover was. (I think that she believed that only reading 'Classic novels' made her superior to myself, who as a uni student developed a taste for Mills and Boon in addition to my other literary tastes). Perhaps, replied I, she should read Philosophy in the Boudoir by the Marquis de Sade to get a bit more perspect ...more
Katerina
Самым ярким впечатлением от книги были алые штаны, в которые Меллорс, тот самый любовник, предлагал одеть всех мужчин, с целью обретения гармонии, счастья и финансовой независимости. Люди, которые рисуют к этой книге обложки, явно не понимают, какой потенциальный хит упускают.

Теперь коротко о главном.
Есть ощущение, что одному человеку приходилось довольно часто (и, надо сказать, небезынтересно) рассуждать о судьбах родины, но женщины от этого не кидались давать ему во все места, отчего его белая
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Lisa
After reading Twilight (so chaste) I was up for a bit of consummation and, having read this as a teenager and with no real memory of it other than the odd lewd bit that stuck out, thought I'd give it another go and see if it resonated any more deeply now that I'm a little older and, ahem, wiser...

I really wish that I hadn't bothered, as this felt like a real chore. Maybe it was Connie's initial apathy that rubbed off on me, but the writing left me cold. It was incredibly repetitive and the descr
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Rebecca
Banned from multiple countries for sex scenes that are pretty much standard in most romance books today and language you can hear in any R-rated movie, this book is one of the great legends of erotica. I was interested to see how it held up.

It rather reminds me of Brideshead Revisited, in that melancholy-people-ruining-their-lives kind of way. It's so very much an artifact of its time. There's a vague longing for good-old-days-that-never-were, a disillusionment with life, a distrust of glamour,
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Grace Elliot

I read Lady Chatterley's Lover more years ago than I care to remember and didn't think much of it. For want of anything better to do recently I decided to re-read it, and discovered a gem of a classic.
What seemed irritating and petty all those years ago, today seems insightful and meaningful. I didn't particularly like any of the characters BUT I could understand them and why they acted as they did. I was hooked and had to keep reading to see if the facade of civil relationships would stand und
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Jean
As a teenager, I loved Lady Chatterly's Lover. D.H. Lawrence seemed such an insightful man--he understood women so well! He was able to spout philosophy and to comment on the ridiculousness of philosophy. The industrialists were his bad guys and love was the only thing that gave life meaning.

Errmmm . . .

Fast forward fifteen years to this latest reading. I re-enter Lady Chatterly (pun intended) with high expectations. At first, I'm not disappointed. Lawrence does a fine job of exploring a middle
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Natalie
This is such a great book. Lawrence is one of the greatest writers I have ever read. He has a habit of using the same word over and over in the same sentence or paragraph, but Lawrence somehow makes it into brilliant writing. It has the effect of making you think you’re thinking; it’s as if, thinking privately to yourself, you’ve seized on one word that seems particularly apt, and you keep mulling over it. It’s easy to lose yourself in these paragraphs, mistaking his writing for your own musing ...more
Monica
Perhaps its because the morals society bares today is so different than it was for D.H. Lawrence's time, but I thoroughly did not enough this book. Constance Chatterley was just not a character I could find myself relating to, nor ever wanting to. (Spoiler) Even though she ends up with the games keeper in the end, its so evident that the only reason she ended up with this guy was because of the fact that he is able to have children. They don't have a real relationship beyond anything sexual, and ...more
Alex
Here's what I think happens with this book: I think people think it's Victorian. The title sounds Victorian, right? And it's about...I think we call them the landed gentry*? and their dissolution, which is a major theme of the late Victorians. Lawrence even puts sort of a Victorian feel into his writing, which I believe (and hope) he's doing on purpose. (Does he do that in his other books?)

* which I always thought meant, you know, they had landed somewhere. Like Iceland? I always pictured well-
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Datsun
Is it dated? Yes. I have a sneaking suspicion that the most current thinking does not trace all of a woman's choices, feelings and impulses to her womb. And so much of the story relies on the vagaries of initiative that are attributed to Lady Chatterley's womb. But the language is lush. Having seen some of the countryside that is written about, the images that Lawrence evokes and the moods he suggests are vivid.

And it is sexy. Not titillating in the manner of Maxim or FHM or those webcam models
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Simona
A differenza di quanto letto nei vari commenti relativi a questo libro, devo ammettere di non averlo trovato né scabroso, né indecente, né tantomeno scandaloso, anche se forse può essere valutato in questo modo per l'epoca.
E' la storia di Constance, prigioniera in un matrimonio con un uomo che non ama, Clifford Chatterley, anche lui prigioniero, sia fisicamente (essendo paralizzato) che intimamente, in quanto non può procreare e soddisfare i bisogni fisici della moglie. A questo punto, Lady Cha
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Lee Razer
Could have used more smut. When John Thomas and Lady Jane are properly covered up there's dreary philosophizing in their stead: about how Connie thinks everything is nothingness, and how industrialization is emasculating British men, and how Mellors thinks strong willed women should be shot. Though there's also a sharp critique of the English class system, not that that is all that rare a beast by these days.

Much more entertaining are passages like this lovely, in which Connie bemoans the withdr
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Maureen
Sep 03, 2008 Maureen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: novel
Well. Like everyone else of my generation, I read the copy of this book that was surreptitiously passed from student to student at my high school. It was considered a rite of passage to have read this book by the end of senior year. We did not read it for the Lawrence's succulent prose, but for the sex scenes and to see the word fuck in print.

Everyone is waaay too jaded these days to be shocked by this story of an affair between Lady Constance Chatterly and the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. Still
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Gabriele
"L'Amante di Ladu Chatterley's" è un romanzo il cui fulcro principale è la denuncia della società, Europea ma soprattutto Inglese, del post prima Guerra Mondiale. Lawrence considera la società "menomata" come il marito di Lady Chatterley, la quale sembra essersi dimenticata delle passioni per rifugiarsi in un mondo capitalista, freddo, alla continua ricerca di nuovi metodi per fare soldi e successo.
La protagonista si contrappone a tutto ciò e viene utilizzata dall'autore come veicolo per riscopr
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Debbie Moore
It took me 35 years to read this book to understand why it was banned here in the U.S. I just wish it didn't end. D.H. Lawrence, thank you.
Brian McLaughlin
Part of me doesn't want to give this 5 stars, but how can I not? The book is maybe not groundbreaking but it is so subtly important to the development of literature. D.H. broke down the puritanical barrier in literature to construct a plot whose passion lives in taboo. The overt use of the four-letter "f" and "c" words may seem harsh at first, but you become accustomed to them. This natural progress parallels nakedness and the sexual act itself. A naked body can be somewhat startling at first, u ...more
Anuja
Lady Chatterley's Lover was nothing like I thought it would be. The book probably stirred a controversy at its time only because people were not used to reading something like it back then and I can imagine people in the early 20th century (and people in the 21st century with the mindset of early 20th century people) being scandalised by it. But it is far from so at this modern day and age.

But leaving that aside I personally found the whole book rather pointless and it seemed flat in the sense t
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Kat Powell
The only reason I can see that this book is so recommended as a classic and a must-read is the fact it was banned for so long. Maybe it did change literature but my goodness we must have been prudes to take offence at such banal sex!

The first chapter or two setting the scene were quite interesting but after that Lady Chatterley just got more and more insipid and selfish, yes she was depressed but apparently the only reason being was that she needed a good seeing to. Which was so thoughtfully po
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