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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Book Beginnings: Lady Chatterley's Lover

Today I am linking up to Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader where readers share the first sentence of the current book they are reading.

"Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We've got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.
This was more or less Constance Chatterley's position. The war had brought the roof down over her head. And she realized that one must live and learn."

I must confess, I am intrigued by banned books. A banned book deemed a classic...even better. I have previously read D.H. Lawrence's The Rainbow but I was not prepared for Lady Chatterley's Lover. The introduction is quite breathtaking in describing the discontentment of the characters. It is easy to see how Lawrence's use of vocabulary in this novel would not have been favored by the masses at the time of its release. In the past few years, many novels have been published with the intent on shocking the reader by detailing what was once deemed romance in explicit detail. However, the themes addressed in Lady Chatterley's Lover set it apart from those current books as it tackles large issues of the time such as the class system and social conflict.

About the Book ( from wikipedia)Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence was first published in 1928. The first edition was printed privately in Florence, Italy, with assistance from Pino Orioli; an unexpurgated edition could not be published openly in the United Kingdom until 1960. (A private edition was issued by Inky Stephensen's Mandrake Press in 1929.) The book soon became notorious for its story of the physical (and emotional) relationship between a working-class man and an upper-class woman, its explicit descriptions of sex, and its use of then-unprintable words. The story is said to have originated from events in Lawrence's own unhappy domestic life, and he took inspiration for the settings of the book from Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, where he grew up. Lawrence at one time considered calling the novel Tenderness and made significant alterations to the text and story in the process of its composition. It has been published in three versions.

About the Author (from wikipedia): David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who published as D. H. Lawrence. His collected works, among other things, represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization. In them, some of the issues Lawrence explores are emotional health, vitality, spontaneity and instinct. Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile which he called his "savage pilgrimage."



Happy Reading,
Rebecca

7 comments:

  1. I've always wondered. For some reason, I always thought this book was just erotica. You make it seem more deeper. I will look for a copy. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. It has been eons since I read this one, but I remember how shocking and wonderful it seemed back then, when I was young. I should reread it at my older age and see how it seems...LOL

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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  3. I just realized I've never read this book! It's one of those books that were whispered about among my girlfriends in high school. I'm curious as to how it compares with what's out there nowadays.
    Here's the link to my Friday post: INTERIOR DESIGNS.

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  4. I read it some 20 years back!


    Here is my POST.

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  5. I've never read this either. Banned books almost always make my TBR just because I need to find out why it was banned :)

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  6. I have never read this one though I really want too! Somehow I missed this in my reading but I love all the scandal it caused!

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  7. I have never read this book either. Wonder why it was banned? Romance??

    Thanks for sharing.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

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