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    D.H Lawrence

    What's a good novel to start with? Or a collection of short stories if he wrote any? I read some of his poetry.
    Her hair was like a flowing cascade and her breasts were real awesome also.
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    My ***** better have my money.
    Through rain, sleet, or snow,
    my ho better have my money.
    Not half, not some, but all my cash.
    Because if she don't, I'll put my foot dead in her ***.

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    Sons and Lovers, I would say, because of its autobiographic elements... Which I will be re-reading sometime next month.
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    The short story 'The Prussian Officer' got me interested in Lawrence. After that I read The Rainbow and its sequel, Women in Love, which are generally considered his best novels. I can't say that I'm a big fan of his novels but I like his short stories and poetry.

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    I, too, have been wondering where to start when it comes to Lawrence.

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    I personally can't stand Lawrence - I think him a supremely untalented sensationalist. But if you do want to embark on him nevertheless, the short story 'The Rocking-Horse Winner' is the least dreadful thing of his I've read.
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    I've recently read Sons and Lovers and enjoyed it. I would suggest you better start reading it. The short stories I liked are The Horse Dealer's Daughter, The Prussian Officer and The White Stocking.

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    Sons and Lovers is probably the most subtle exploration of Lawrencian themes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lokasenna View Post
    I personally can't stand Lawrence - I think him a supremely untalented sensationalist. But if you do want to embark on him nevertheless, the short story 'The Rocking-Horse Winner' is the least dreadful thing of his I've read.
    I've read some his poetry and a short story and I gotta disagree. Besides the homoerotic atmosphere his story the Prussian Officer adopted, I found it very good and I won't judge his by that.
    Her hair was like a flowing cascade and her breasts were real awesome also.
    My ***** Better Have My Money by Fly Guy
    My ***** better have my money.
    Through rain, sleet, or snow,
    my ho better have my money.
    Not half, not some, but all my cash.
    Because if she don't, I'll put my foot dead in her ***.

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    I too feel Sons and Lovers is a good novel to start with. Love this book. Anyway, just don't start with with Lady chatterly's Lover. It's sooo boring.
    Exit, pursued by a bear.

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    I'd tackle Lady Chatterley's Lover last, and probably tackle Women in Love after Sons and Lovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E.A Rumfield View Post
    I've read some his poetry and a short story and I gotta disagree. Besides the homoerotic atmosphere his story the Prussian Officer adopted, I found it very good and I won't judge his by that.
    Fair enough.

    Lawrence just isn't to my taste, that's all. That shouldn't stop other people enjoying him - as you clearly have done!
    "I should only believe in a God that would know how to dance. And when I saw my devil, I found him serious, thorough, profound, solemn: he was the spirit of gravity- through him all things fall. Not by wrath, but by laughter, do we slay. Come, let us slay the spirit of gravity!" - Nietzsche

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    Is it generally considered that he is boring? I've heard Lawrence highly praised by some of my favorite writers as being nothing less than a genius an equal with Huxley when it comes to insight and poetic language. If that is true I would like to read his work. What kind of themes does he tackle? Who is he most similar to?
    Her hair was like a flowing cascade and her breasts were real awesome also.
    My ***** Better Have My Money by Fly Guy
    My ***** better have my money.
    Through rain, sleet, or snow,
    my ho better have my money.
    Not half, not some, but all my cash.
    Because if she don't, I'll put my foot dead in her ***.

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    I recommend you start with Lawrence's most ambitious novel "The Plumed Serpent". Its plot comprises nothing less than the political takeover, and re-paganization, of Mexico by a group of Nietzschean supermen and women.

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    Quote Originally Posted by E.A Rumfield View Post
    Is it generally considered that he is boring?
    Far from it! He's probably best known for riling up the censors, particularly with Lady Chatterley's Lover.

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    Another one of Lawrence's books that enraged the censors is the novella entitled "The Man Who Died". He had to publish it in France under the title "The Escaped ****". It tells the tale of Jesus, who having survived his crucifixion, leaves his tomb and sees a rooster, and this little flame of life inspires him to embrace the world, carnality included. He travels to an island in the sea and beds a beautiful priestess of Isis, miraculously escaping from any domestic entanglements too!

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