Lady Chatterley's Lover
Perhaps the most famous of Lawrence's novels, it is no longer distinguished for the once-shockingly explicit treatment of its subject matter--the adulterous affair between a sexually unfulfilled upper-class married woman and the game keeper who works for the estate owned by her wheelchair bound husband. Now that we're used to reading about sex, and seeing it in the movies, it's apparent that the novel is memorable for better reasons: namely, that Lawrence was a masterful and lyrical writer, whose story takes us bodily into the world of its characters.
Of the many exquisite books written by D.H.Lawrence, the book which has gained the most popularity has been Lady Chatterley's Lover. Most famous because of its obscenity trial during the 1960's, Lady Chatterley's Lover is far from a "dirty book." Rather, through his usage of local vernacular and an in depth look at the true relationship between two humans, Lawrence has successfully portrayed sex as sacred in a world where sex is viewed as nothing more than physical pleasure. This novel is a masterful example of a writer going back to everyone's common roots and emerging with a thought provoking masterpiece designed to affect a change within its readers. Good literature announces to the world a common truth that needs to be shared, but great literature, like Lady Chatterley's Lover, provokes a revolution within the human psyche. Lady Chatterley reshapes the individual's views on sex, love, and everything accompanying what Lawrence viewed as the ultimate act. Lady Chatterley's Lover is a true masterpiece that takes a stand against the sex-obsessed culture we live in today.--Submitted by Ann
I loved this book. I am 60 years old (a young 60, or the new 40 as they say). I wish I had read this at 20, so I could compare my feelings for it today (hopefully, I would still remember the story). It could have been written today in that society is still the same only computers have been substituted for the coal mines. The coldness of some people; their selfishness; some men's total inability to think of the woman's lot in life-only their own; class distinction; rich vs. poor; the rich living off of the backs of the poor. The cruelness of gossip and jealousy, all so "popular" today, even more so with young girls and bullying, as mentioned in the storeyline. At first I had to ask myself if DH was actually a woman, as his thoughts are so familiar to me! But after reading about his childhood, I understand more his feelings.--Submitted by Kathi Gray
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