Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928, tells the story of a passionate love affair between an upper-class woman and her husband’s gamekeeper, which was thought to be so shocking in its content and its straightforward use of explicit sexual terms, that it was not officially published until 1960. Its 1961 second edition contained this dedication from the publisher: "For having published this book, Penguin Books were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act, 1959 at the Old Bailey in London from 20 October to 2 November 1960. This edition is therefore dedicated to the 12 jurors, three women and nine men, who returned a verdict of 'Not Guilty' and thus made D. H. Lawrence's last novel available for the first time to the public in the United Kingdom."
Now firmly established as a classic of English literature that was written well before its time, what saved it from being banned forever was its literary merit, upheld by some of the most distinguished writers and critics of the time. Lawrence’s prescient musings on the changes in society and his authentic depiction of two unhappily married people, finding in this most unlikely and potentially doomed coupling the physical and emotional balance that they both crave, are as relevant today as they were then. Have a listen!
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I loved it!
Of its time, yet timeless
Connie, her predicament, her actions, her drive and her foresight. Who she is at the start of the novel, and how she has changed by the end, shows a strong character. I can understand why it would have been shocking to presiding factions at the time, but it was overblown and I'd like to think time has allowed the characters to be seen above the noise of one or two "lewd passages"(!)
Any novel which seeks to explore the ending of an epoch, and the psychological disarray it brings about in people as society's cards are reshuffled. Anything under the literary realism genre: Madame Bovary, etc. You could also make a case for Beauty and the Beast (sort of...)!
It is not a smooth recording or performance by any means - sometimes the narration sounds robotic, and I worried that I'd be better putting a word recognition voice app over the text, but I found that speeding up the narration improved it, and thankfully the accents for each character are maintained throughout.
"This film is faithful to the spirit of the book, unlike the recent TV adaptation which was a travesty and insult to Lawrence's writing(!)"