It took a few pages to really get into this novel, then I took a whole lot more before I began to see a complete picture of the relationships and the purpose of the work. By no means easy reading! I enjoyed Lawrence's descripions and his characters were very complex. At mid point I dicussed the novel with a few friends and realized to my suprise I understood and enjoyed it more than I thought. Isn't it funny how we can misunderstand ourselves? I think that Lawrence portrayed his characters in this sort of strange "self unaware" (I am sure this is not a proper word but I lack the sense to say it better.) way and that they are continually rediscovering themselves throughout the book. Overall a good book to read, FULL of sensuality but not exactly fun.