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July 21, 2018

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Classic: Women in Love

by N@ncy

 

Notes:

July 13, 2018 – page 65
Just read the first chapters…. this book is impressive!
E.M. Forster said of D.H. Lawrence in his obituary notice: “the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation.

July 14, 2018 – page 165
How can I describe D.H. Lawrence’s writing?
Impatient fury!

July 15, 2018 – page 185
Managed to read a few chapters of Women in Love while taking my daily 1 hour walk. This book is tedious and thank goodness I’m listening to an audio book while improving my health! I would never have gotten this far if I was reading the paperback. Sad…but true.

July 16, 2018 – page 230
Sunny morning walk but D.H. Lawrence gives me chapters about the nothingness of life, a bestial rabbit named Bismarck and a marriage proposal that felt like a death sentence! Now I want to read a biography about the author…he has some serious issues!

July 17, 2018 – page 261
Rupert and Gerald (main characters) meet. Gerald is bored.
What can we do to be released from this ‘ennui’?
Eat, drink…or according to D. H. Lawrence the best thing the boys can do is strip naked and wrestle!
Thank goodness we have Netflix to fill in our ennui-hours!

July 17, 2018 – page 280
Love triangle: Hermione-Rupert-Ursula
A lover’s spat that took an hour to listen to
….jealousy, rotten spiritual intimacy, foul false liar….
rings are tossed and scattered in the mud.
#LoveIsABattlefield

July 19, 2018 – page 332
Just four more chapters to go ( = 2 morning walks).
Ursula is married….Gudrun is still resisting that fate in life.
I feel both girls are going to end up in tears.
D.H. Lawrence was praised for his experimental writing techniques.
Is repeating every gloomy word in the dictionary a technique?
..abyss, chasm, hollow, bare, void, nothingness, bottomless pit
…..an angry sunset!

 

Conclusion:

The last chapter sounded ominous…
“Try to love me a little more and
want me a little less.”
The great tides of darkness plunge over this love affair.
“…but always it was this eternal seesaw
…one destroyed so that the other could exist.”
This was THE most intense love-hate story I have ever read.
D.H. Lawrence is not for the fainthearted!

 

Last Thoughts:

  1. Am I glad I read it?
  2. Not so much.
  3. I  do respect the opinion that Lawrence is
  4. …considered one of the great English writers.
  5. He just did not appeal to me….pas de tout!
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jul 23 2018

    I had to read this for my final years at school – I’m not sure why anyone thought it was a great idea to inflict this on 17 yr olds.

    Having tried to read more of his work since, thinking I just needed maturity to get what he did, I now think he is the most over-rated author in the English speaking world….except perhaps for Ernest Hemingway. Or perhaps I just need testicles to understand them both better!!

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    • Jul 23 2018

      This book was beyond awful.
      I read Sons and Lovers…..and barely got through it.
      I agree…D.H. Lawrence is very overrated and his books
      are on several ‘best lists’ . I’m clueless and feel I must be missing something.
      It was all about sex, death, nothingness and wanting a relationship (Rupert/Ursula) that would go beyond love. Where was D.H.L. expecting love to go…into cyberspace?
      Luckily I was listening to the book a morning walk so I could moan and groan
      and only the birds heard me!

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