Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

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15 Critic Reviews

I wouldn’t say I really enjoyed this book, but I’m glad I’ve read it. I can see that it took a lot for Lawrence to not only write this, but to get it published as well, and I think that’s what writing is all about at the end of the day; taking risks.
-Book Monkey

Synopsis

Introduction by Kathryn Harrison
 
Inspired by the long-standing affair between D. H. Lawrence’s German wife and an Italian peasant, Lady Chatterley’s Lover follows the intense passions of Constance Chatterley. Trapped in an unhappy marriage to an aristocratic mine owner whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent, Constance enters into a liaison with the gamekeeper Mellors. Frank Kermode called the book D. H. Lawrence’s “great achievement,” Anaïs Nin described it as “his best novel,” and Archibald MacLeish hailed it as “one of the most important works of fiction of the century.” Along with an incisive Introduction by Kathryn Harrison, this Modern Library edition includes the transcript of the judge’s decision in the famous 1959 obscenity trial that allowed Lady Chatterley’s Lover to be published in the United States.
 

About D.H. Lawrence

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The son of a miner, the prolific novelist, poet, and travel writer David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, in 1885. He attended Nottingham University and found employment as a schoolteacher. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911, the same year his beloved mother died and he quit teaching after contracting pneumonia. The next year Lawrence published Sons and Lovers and ran off to Germany with Frieda Weekley, his former tutor's wife. His masterpieces The Rainbow and Women in Love were completed in quick succession, but the first was suppressed as indecent and the second was not published until 1920. Lawrence's lyrical writings challenged convention, promoting a return to an ideal of nature where sex is seen as a sacrament. In 1928 Lawrence's final novel, Lady Chatterley's Lover, was banned in England and the United States for indecency. He died of tuberculosis in 1930 in Venice.
 
Published June 15, 2014 by Wordsworth Editions. 273 pages
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Critic reviews for Lady Chatterley's Lover
All: 15 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 4

Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Nicola Barr on Oct 23 2010

The novel has undoubted raw power. One feels the frustrations of every character – Lady Chatterley, trying to do her duty but numbed by her war-injured, impotent husband...the gamekeeper Mellors with his odd, pitiful history of abuse at the hands of sexually aggressive women. And their strange – perhaps ludicrous – union...

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Nicola Barr on Oct 23 2010

In its situation and its telling, it brims with the revolutionary angst of a country in need of but still a long way from massive social transformation.

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Open Letters Monthly

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Reviewed by Rohan Maitzen on Sep 12 2014

Overall, though, what struck me most about the book is its melancholy: I didn’t expect it to be so sad so much of the time.

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AnnArbor.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Apr 29 2010

“Lady Chatterley’s Lover” is a very explicit story of sex and love, but it’s the underlying sociological elements that make this novel a classic.

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AnnArbor.com

Good
Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Jul 31 2009

Although some harsher critics still claim that the book is not really literature at all. Nonsense. I love a potent novel that isn’t afraid to drop a few f-bombs along the way- all the better!

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That's What She Read

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Reviewed by Michelle on Apr 04 2012

Lady Chatterley’s Lover is not a novel about which readers can rave about how amazingly awesome it is. Instead, it is a novel that requires careful reading and even more careful thinking about what was read.

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Chrisbookarama

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on Apr 03 2012

Despite hating everyone, the writing is as good as you would expect. A book like this doesn’t last because of stinky writing. Yes, the “love” scenes are ridiculous and there is copious use of the F-word but there are some memorable moments.

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Booking in Heels

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Reviewed by Hanna W on Jun 01 2011

So the moral of the story - it's not much good for getting your rocks off, but it's a good read nevertheless. Just don't tell your partner they remind you of a game-keeper - they tend to not be overly thrilled.

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Pages of Julia's Blog

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Reviewed by pagesofjulia on Sep 27 2011

...it’s still being challenged today all over the country. But as usual in dealing with banned books, I say let the individual decide. If you don’t like reading about body parts, steer clear. But this is a fine book, and you’d be missing something.

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Literary Musings

Good
on Jan 12 2011

Lady Chatterley's Lover is well worth the read. I'm even hoping to add more D.H. Lawrence to my nightstand.

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A Striped Armchair

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on Sep 26 2009

So to sum up: the poor book had a lot going against it when I began, due to my misplaced expectations. However, Lawrence managed to overcome that, and I’m very glad I read this novel.

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Book Monkey

Above average
on Mar 16 2012

I wouldn’t say I really enjoyed this book, but I’m glad I’ve read it. I can see that it took a lot for Lawrence to not only write this, but to get it published as well, and I think that’s what writing is all about at the end of the day; taking risks.

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Literally Jen

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on Mar 17 2014

I didn’t find anything of value in this book, other than that it is a perfect example of how not to write.

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Fly High

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Reviewed by Maria Grazia on Sep 13 2010

It is not a perfect novel, but it is a novel which has had a profound impact on the way that 20th-century writers have written about sex, and about the deeper relationships of which, thanks in part to Lawrence, sex can no longer be ignored as a crucial element.

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Reviewed by Lora on Jul 07 2011

...Lawrence was an awakener. He anticipated the sexual revolution, which no longer positioned men and women as purely spiritual human beings but instead as flawed individuals, who understand the power of their body and the means to satisfy its growing needs.

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