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Kristel (kristelh) | 3820 comments Mod
Read this way back in 2010. It is a story of an illicit love affair. This book was censored for many years and was first published in Italy and not England and was a subject of an obscenity trial. The affair is between Lady Chatterley and a working man (games keeper) which is one of the themes; unfair rule of intellects over working class. Lady Chatterley discovers she must love with her body as well as her mind. Love and personal relationships are the threads of the novel. A variety of relationships are explored including; bullying and perverse maternal.
Themes:
mind/body
class
industrialization/nature


Book Wormy | 1818 comments Mod
3 Stars

I put this on my TBR list hoping the number would not come up so it goes without saying when this was selected as my April book my heart sank. Having read it I have no idea why I was so against it in the first place I found myself caught up in the story and intrigued to know what would happen. That said it could have been made shorter in some places.

I went into this expecting some tawdry affair with an unsympathetic female lead character. That was not the case. To give Lawrence credit I could actually believe in Constance as a woman. The situation that lead to Constance taking a lover and her choice of lover are to some extent tragic. Sir Clifford and Connie end up with a marriage neither of them signed up for and they are both dealing with it to the best of their ability. The story manages to walk the line so that you feel sorry for those on both sides of the argument. Sir Clifford and Connie both behave badly at points but as a reader you can understand why they behave as they do.

At the end of the story you are left hopeful that in the fullness of time things will resolve themselves to a positive outcome to all involved.

Some quotes I enjoyed:

"They lived freely among the students, they argued with the men over philosophical, sociological and artistic matters, they were just as good as the men themselves: only better because they were women." YASS

"Before Christmas of 1914 both their German young men were dead; Whereupon the sisters wept, and loved the young men passionately, but underneath forgot them. They didn't exist anymore." Ahh young love

"The world is supposed to be full of possibilities, but they narrow down to pretty few in most personal experience." How very true

"how extremely like all the rest of the classes the lower classes sounded. Just the same thing over again, Tevershall or Mayfair or Kensington." People are people as they say

"The desire rose again, his penis began to stir like a live bird." Dead birds don't tend to stir much if you ask me

"Men make so much more of things than they should, once they start brooding." You are not wrong there

"Yes, this was love, this ridiculous bouncing of the buttocks, and the wilting of the poor, insignificant, moist little penis." This book is sooo erotic LOL


message 3: by Hilde (last edited May 04, 2020 05:52AM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Hilde (hilded) | 337 comments Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence - 3 stars
Read April 2020 for my TBR challenge

GR Synopsis:
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.

From the synopsis and all the attention this booked has received over the years, I was expected something different, and that it would be a rather boring read. The sexual content is actually rather tame compared to today's standard, but of course in the time it was written it was considered pornography.

It was actually more about the differences in social class, where Lady Chatterley ends up taking a lover from the working class, and that social status does not necessarily equals higher intellect. Lawrence also did a good job in portraying and acknowledging women as sexual beings. It was better than I thought it would be when I started it, but it most certainly had its dry spots. However, I can't say that I enjoyed per se.


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