Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Review: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Title: Lady Chatterley's Lover
Author: D.H. Lawrence
Genre: Classics / Erotica
Publisher: Bantam Classics
First Published: 1928
Pages: 360

Rating: 6 out of 10

While it can't compare to "The Rainbow," this book shares many of its themes of self-realization, and of course, I love Lawrence's elegant writing.

Connie Chatterley is married to a man who has been paralyzed from the waist down. Not only is her husband incapable of performing sexually, but the main character does not love him, rather feeling something between pity and duty. So when Connie meets Mellors, a mysterious gamekeeper who works on her husband's estate, she is drawn to him both romantically and sexually. They begin a heated affair, prompting Connie to reconsider her life.

At the time of its original publication in 1928, this book was considered sordidly shocking. It contains a lot of sex - and I loved the old fashioned descriptions and words used. They simply felt out of place with the X-rated scenes, a combination that I liked.

I loved the characters in this book, especially the three main persons of Connie, her husband, and Mellors, not because they are particularly likable, but because they are written in such a way that you empathize with them and see parts of yourself in them.

I had heard a lot of people complain about how long-winded this book is, and I have to agree - the story frequently gets bogged down by pages and pages of tedium.
A good read, nonetheless.