Opening Sentence:Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically.
Synopsis:With her soft brown hair, lithe figure and big, wondering eyes, Constance Chatterley is possessed of a certain vitality. Yet she is deeply unhappy; married to an invalid, she is almost as inwardly paralyzed as her husband Clifford is paralyzed below the waist. It is not until she finds refuge in the arms of Mellors the game-keeper that she feels regenerated. Together they move from an outer world of chaos towards an inner world of fulfillment.
Comments:Lady Chatterley’s Lover was originally published in 1928, and was banned in many places. Now it is a classic, readily available to all and sundry and – like many classics – it isn’t worth bothering with. The language and style of writing are fine – the problem lies in content. I found this novel to be bleak, depressing and pessimistic and, if this is truly Lawrence’s view of life and love, then I pity him. Even given the era this was written, with it’s increased industrialization, collier strikes, the aftermath of one war and the spectre of another, surely there was still room for hope? Many people enjoy this work, but it is not for me.
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