Lady Chatterley's Lover, Paperback Book

Lady Chatterley's Lover Paperback

Part of the Wordsworth Classics series

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Notes and Introduction by David Ellis, University of Kent at Canterbury. With its four-letter words and its explicit descriptions of sexual intercourse, Lady Chatterley's Lover is the novel with which D.H.

Lawrence is most often associated. First published privately in Florence in 1928, it only became a world-wide best-seller after Penguin Books had successfully resisted an attempt by the British Director of Public Prosecutions to prevent them offering an unexpurgated edition.

The famous 'Lady Chatterley trial' heralded the sexual revolution of the coming decades and signalled the defeat of Establishment prudery. Yet Lawrence himself was hardly a liberationist and the conservativism of many aspects of his novel would later lay it open to attacks from the political avant-garde and from feminists.

The story of how the wife of Sir Clifford Chatterley responds when her husband returns from the war paralysed from the waist down, and of the tender love which then develops between her and her husband's gamekeeper, is a complex one open to a variety of conflicting interpretations. This edition of the novel offers an occasion for a new generation of readers to discover what all the fuss was about; to appraise Lawrence's bitter indictment of modern industrial society, and to ask themselves what lessons there might be for the 21st century in his intense exploration of the complicated relations between love and sex.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781840224887

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Took me a while to get through this one, some chapters faster than others. I wanted to know what happened in the end but wasn't that invested in the characters. Lots of postulating about mean being real men and the working and middle classes after the end of WW1. Pleased I read it so I could see what all the scandal was about. Mainly interesting as a piece of cultural history.

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Wanted to see what all the excitement was about, I found out. I had a back and forth experience with this book, wanting to just finish it to wanting to see what would happen next. It was ho hum from on the sexual narrative at first but it turned into one of the racier novels I have read. But then again I don't read a lot of novels. But for its time, 1928, even in the jazz age it had to be simply sensational, and certainly labeled as pornography.Aside from the sexual side the story itself had a few messages to deliver also. Lawrence seemed to want to say a lot about the classes and aspects of socialism. The ending came rather abrupt and made me wanting to know more about how things turned out. But alas, no sequel to ruin those things.

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Very mixed feelings about this book.<br/><br/>At first I really didn't like it that much. I found Lawrence's writing to be a bit repetitive. He would come up with a nice way of describing something, and then use the same description over and over - for example "broad dialect" - and I hate when writers do that.<br/><br/>I loved the way this book seemed to slow down. When I started reading, I felt everything about me calm down, my eyes relax and move more slowly across the page as I sank into it. So it was a really nice way to relax.<br/><br/>By the end (last 50 pages or so), I was pretty hooked. I found the ending extremely unpredictable. The Mellors character was also. So all in all, a favorable finish.

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