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Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence - Restored Modern Edition Paperback – August 1, 2009
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Excerpt from Lady Chatterley's Lover - Restored Modern Edition
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He went down again into the darkness and seclusion of the wood. But he knew that the seclusion of the wood was illusory. The industrial noises broke the solitude, the sharp lights, though unseen, mocked it. A man could no longer be private and withdrawn. The world allows no hermits. And now he had taken the woman, and brought on himself a new cycle of pain and doom. For he knew by experience what it meant.
It was not woman's fault, nor even love's fault, nor the fault of sex. The fault lay there, out there, in those evil electric lights and diabolical rattlings of engines. There, in the world of the mechanical greedy, greedy mechanism and mechanized greed, sparkling with lights and gushing hot metal and roaring with traffic, there lay the vast evil thing, ready to destroy whatever did not conform. Soon it would destroy the wood, and the bluebells would spring no more. All vulnerable things must perish under the rolling and running of iron.
He thought with infinite tenderness of the woman. Poor forlorn thing, she was nicer than she knew, and oh! so much too nice for the tough lot she was in contact with. Poor thing, she too had some of the vulnerability of the wild hyacinths, she wasn't all tough rubber-goods and platinum, like the modern girl. And they would do her in! As sure as life, they would do her in, as they do in all naturally tender life. Tender! Somewhere she was tender, tender with a tenderness of the growing hyacinths, something that has gone out of the celluloid women of today. But he would protect her with his heart for a little while. For a little while, before the insentient iron world and the Mammon of mechanized greed did them both in, her as well as him.
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It takes quite a long while to wind up to the point, but that's because the author is taking the time to set up how a good woman could, in essence, cheat on her invalid husband. He wants these people to be real. He also spends quite a bit of time with philosophical conversations between characters, as well as in their heads. The amazing part is that - in a book most people read for the naughty reputation - those conversations only create an intellectual itch, leaving much of the topics unexplored and asking for more thought on the reader's part. There's a lot more depth here than is generally credited.
There are some stylistic things that were kind of jarring to me, such as his repetition of phrases and words, but I think that may have been his purpose, sort of rhythmic incantations almost.
I have to admit too that I'm a bit of a geek; I actually read book introductions. This one was especially good; I was looking forward to reading the book even more than I had been going in. I think I got a lot more out of the book, having had certain things pointed out to me to keep in mind as I read. If you're looking for an edition of Lady Chatterly's Lover, the introduction really sets this one apart.
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The plot is Set around three very different protagonists of the early nineteenth century, all bounded by sex - or the lack of it. This novel is partly to do with the `sexual awakenings' of Constance Chatterley and the love triangle - although sex would be a better word - of Constance; her husband, Clifford and The gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors.
The theme, however, tells of class and the different class groups that people were put into - and even today this still exists. Clifford, an aristocrat, is fundamentally, an upper class man, bounded by his disdain towards the lower classes. His wife, Connie, as she is known, is not regarded in the same upper class group as her husband, but is afforded the same social status as him. Finally, the character of Mellors is particular interesting, he converses in local Derbyshire dialect, and coupled with his job as a gamekeeper, we assume that he is pictured as the stereotypical `working class' man. However, we are told later in the novel that Mellors is in fact an educated man and only talks in this way to adjust to his social rank. Lawrence had a hatred for the upper classes and this, although I won't give away the ending, is demonstrated in the ending of the novel. To sum up: a fantastic novel and a triumph - albeit rare - of the working classes.
Odds are most people have heard of Lady Chatterley's Lover, even if they've never read it or seen any adaptations of it. Actually, most of the adaptations around seem to be pornos rather than actual adaptations of the book - which is not a pornographic novel. As I started reading, I soon realised that it wasn't what I (and probably most people who haven't actually read it) thought it was. It was a very engaging love story. Surprise!
The lady in question is called Constance, or Connie, and she is married to a man crippled from World War I - Sir Clifford cannot walk, in fact, he's pretty much dead from the waist down. At the start of their marriage, the couple lived happily at Wragby Hall, being in tune with one another intellectually. Then came the war, and with that the injury, and the marriage has gone downhill ever since.
One day, she comes across Oliver Mellors, her husband's gamekeeper. There is a physical attraction but it takes a while before they ever get as far as having a tumble in the hay. The novel is about their growing relationship, of divides which are both down to class and standing in society, as well as that of physical and mental attraction. Oh, and sex.
Lady Chatterley suffers from the same affliction a lot of other DH Lawrence writings also have: that of characters being used to discuss a philosophical or ideological point, and it is preachy in places.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've bought a number of older classics for Kindle advertised as "annotated," only to be disappointed to find that the publishers apparently meant something very different... Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Martin
Althoiugh it is not Lawrence's best novel, it is a classic of erotic literature.Published 5 months ago by Mark J. Notzon
If you've not read this book you should. It's a classic tale that's sure to make you think about the way life used to be compared to how it is now.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Goddess
I always judged Lawrence to be highbrow, but after reading "The Fox", I thought better of him. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by sir henry
I love my 1 cup coffee pot. I throw a pod in and a cup of water Then start the big pot if I have company. I only do 1 cup a day so it is perfect. no waste, fast and simple.Published on October 21, 2013 by ossakid
This was not as pictured in the description. The version that I got was old and worn out. I'm disappointed.Published on August 24, 2013 by Crystal L
I do not know why I bought it or why I even finished it, perhaps because it was banned. Poorly written. I threw it in the garbage. D. H. Read morePublished on June 7, 2013 by Sunlightening
I do like the book...and find that our lives have now changed so much since then and that all the intellectual
discussion seems very old. Read more