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Women in Love explained Women in Love, review Women in Love, trailer Women in Love, box office Women in Love, analysis Women in Love, Women in Love 84f4 An Analytical Study Of Sexual Depravity And An Epic Of Vice Were Two Of The Critical Expressions Which Greeted The Publication Of Women In Love Yet Lawrence Regarded This Novel As His Best Book And F R Leavis Considered It Lawrence S Supreme MasterpieceThe Novel Tells Of The Relationships Of Two Sisters, Ursula And Gudrun, Who Live In A Midland Colliery Town In The Years Before The First World War Ursula Falls In Love With Birkin A Thinly Disguised Portrait Of Lawrence Himself And Gudrun Has An Intense But Tragic Affair With Gerald, The Son Of A Local Colliery OwnerThis Book Is A Sequel To The Rainbow , And Contains Some Of The Clearest Statements Of Lawrence S Beliefs It Contains Much Philosophical Discussion And Descriptions Of The Characters Emotional States And Unconscious Drives, And Many Of The Ideas Arc Expressed Through Elaborate Symbolism The Characters And Relationships Are Probably Based On Those Of Lawrence And His Wife Frieda, John Middleton Murry And Katherine Mansfield

  • Paperback
  • 416 pages
  • Women in Love
  • D.H. Lawrence
  • English
  • 03 October 2018
  • 9780486424583

About the Author: D.H. Lawrence

David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel



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    Username PBRYANT999Password FlibbertygibbetENTERWelcome to the GOODREADS AUTOREVIEW PROGRAM Thank you for participating in this preliminary trial Please enter the title of the book you wish to reviewWOMEN IN LOVEPlease enter the author name D H LAWRENCESelect type of work from the drop down menuNOVELSelect century this NOVEL was written in20THHave you personally read any works by this author previously YESHow much enjoyment did you derive from these works please choose from drop down menuMODERATEIs this NOVEL one of the 1000 BOOKS YOU MUST READ BEFORE YOU DIE YESDid you read this NOVEL out of a sense of having to YESHow many of your Goodreads Friends have read this NOVEL 71What is the average star rating they have given this NOVEL 3.2Is there a film version of this NOVEL YESDid you see this film YESHow did you rate this film on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 poor and 10 excellent 3.4How would you rate the quality of your sleep in the preceding three days film on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 poor and 10 excellent 3.4Do you wish to proceed with the GOODREADS AUTOREVIEW YESPlease indicate how long the AUTOREVIEW should be in word count.138Processingone moment please.Please review the following autogenerated review of WOMEN IN LOVE When reviewed please click either SUBMIT or REWRITETEXT FOLLOWSPossibly it s not so surprising when a than slightly fanatical working class autodidact rewrites the Old Testament in order to put back all the sex that the original author left out That it then astonishes, infuriates, bores and nauseates in jarring alternating spasms is completely expected That Ken Russell made a movie of it was likewise predictable but that his movie was a model of good taste was a great disappointment come on, Ken, where were the tits and bums and the giant plastic phalluses and the naked nuns DH Lawrence was a unique novelist If he d never existed we really wouldn t have had to invent him I m thinking that now he s subsided entirely into Eng Lit courses where he lurks like a half submerged lamprey, luring the innocent with his new aginess and biting their soft parts with his fascism.SUBMIT

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    I can review this only in relation to its precursor, The Rainbow review here My JourneyI went straight from the flames of floral, rural passion in The Rainbow, to this often brittle discussion of the abstract, set in a mechanical age, where animals metaphorical and literal are key, and death s shadow hovers hungrily It s beautiful, entrancing, but also opaque and frustrating.I travelled with Ursula from her teenage years in the balmy countryside, where people act on their desires, to her earnest twenties first in a grimy northern mining town, then in the frigid, glistening ice of the Tyrollean Alps It s not such a linear narrative as The Rainbow a series of episodes chapter lengths vary hugely between 3 and 50 pages.It seems to ask Must the rainbow hues leach out of life Gudrun s ever colourful stocking notwithstanding Must passion end in death not necessarily the little one This is a novel of ideas, but I often felt unequal to them There was so much to wrestle with, I was stripped bare by the dizzying mix of themes, language, passions, lives and deaths I had to submit to the experience, though in a rather different way to The Rainbow.My status on finishing was a single word, Eviscerated Ruminating further, a conversation towards the end is pertinent One character tells their partner It s over , and the reply is But it isn t finished There must be finality In writing this, I think I have found finality I will return to Lawrence, though Lawrence wrote this after Wilde, during a war WW1 , and before Waugh It has the self consciously clever dialogue of the first and last, in the context of warring relationships all conflicted between love and hate, artifice and instinct, life and death murderous desire, even.The intellectual sparring matches have a theatrical quality, as if the protagonists are speaking for posterity Then the audience departs, the mask falls, and naturalistic passion, action and imagery blossoms, such as the blissful release for Birkin, rolling naked in the primroses He wanted to touch them all to saturate himself with the touch of them all It was such a fine, cool, subtle touch all over him, he seemed to saturate himself with their contact The rarer physical assaults lapis, wrestling, and in the snow have greater visceral power as a result.It seems to say that whatever persona we try to present, however much we try to assert our will a recurring theme , we re all animals underneath AnimalsWhat a carnal carnival of animals this is People are likened to, amongst other things smiling wolf, hermit crab, pouncing hound, octopus, restless bird, slithering sea lion , funeral bird, feeding on the miseries of the people , small cat, dog, cockerel, bird of paradise, rabbit, wild animal, shrew, stallion, hopping flea , fish, weasel, voice like a gull, water spiders, horses, python, eyes as keen as a hawk , water rat, elegant beetle , seal, eyes blazed like a tiger s , bat, amphibious beast, eagle, humble maggot , wearing startling colours, like a macaw , eels, various insects, and strange moths Gudrun s art typically features animals and birds, her friendship with Loerke is kindled by a picture of his statue of a naked girl on a horse, and there are actual animals at key points in the story Ursula and Gudrun watch Gerald violently beat his horse to submission, when it is terrified by a train Gudrun confronts an alarming herd of cattle, but finds inner strength and euythmics A chapter is devoted to Birkin s cat given to him by Hermione, and still part of the power she wields over him Another chapter is about a vicious pet rabbit called Bismarck that draws blood from Gerald and Gudrun.PlotThere are four main characters Ursula Brangwen and her sister Gudrun, only a year younger They are very close, but it s also fiery relationship Both teach at the grammar school Ursula as a general teacher and Gudrun just art she is really a sculptor, has travelled abroad, and lived in Bohemian London They become involved with Rupert Birkin, a school inspector, and Gerald Crich, eldest son of a wealthy colliery owner Birkin and Gerald have a deep and conflicted relationship with each other Women in Love or Men in Love The Crich family is large, the mother mentally unstable, and the father physically declining We know nothing of Birkin s family The four go to Innsbruck, where Loerke, a German artist, is added to the increasingly toxic mix of relationships.Ursula and Gudrun are fiercely independent women, in thought and deed, including their relationships They are not afraid of what other people think The problem is that that often can t decide what they think and so cannot decide what they should do and not do His licentiousness was repulsively attractive and she was far, far from being at ease with him And yet The men s attitudes to women are not as positive or equal At times, they re exploitative, at other times, women are considered second best, albeit decorative and convenient Towards the end, I feared Lawrence was going to quash all that and have them either settle for conventionality, or suffer for not doing so Recurring ThemesIs it better to look at things as a whole, or take them to pieces I really don t want to be forced into all this criticism and analysis of life I really do want to see things in their entirety, with their beauty left in them In this review, I ve opted for the former.It is set in age of change mechanisation, social mobility, equality, and philanthropy To the father, in Christ, he was one with his workmen , but to his son, they were his instruments and What mattered was the great social productive machine Primarily though, this is about relationships The types of love, relationships, and marriage considered and entered into is very broad minded for the time, such as a mutual union in separateness It also explores how if sex and friendship relate She had had lovers, she had known passion But this was neither love nor passion It was the daughters of men coming back to the sons of God, the strange inhuman sons of God Homosexuality, bisexuality, and non monogamous relationships suffuse the story It s not just the famous naked wrestling is far less ambiguous than I expected I believe in the additional perfect relationship between a man and a man Later, You are enough for me, as far as a woman is concerned You are all women to me But I wanted a man friend, as eternal as you and I are eternal to make it complete, really happy, I wanted eternal union with a man too another kind of love Conflict and duality are present in all the main relationships love, hate, and whose will will triumph , violence and coercion too Always it was this eternal see saw, one destroyed that the other might exist, one ratified because the other was nulled Ultimately, One of them must triumph over the other.There is no escape, It was a fight to the death between them or to new life though in what the conflict lay, no one could say and She felt an approaching release, a new fountain of life rising up in her Yet underneath was death itself Quotes A strange enmity very near to love I hate subtleties I always think they are a sign of weakness The lake lay all grey and visionary, stretching into the moist, translucent vista of trees and meadow It was rather delicious to feel her drawing his self revelation from him And her dark eyes seemed to be looking through into his naked organism She wanted the secret of him, the experience of his male being She seemed to become soft, subtly to infuse herself into his bones, as if she were passing into him in a black, electric flow Her being suffused into his veins like a magnetic darkness They always kept a gap, a distance between them, they wanted always to be free of each other Yet there was a curious heart straining towards each other She seemed to grip the hours by the throat, to force her life from them It was a sunny, soft morning in early summer, when life ran in the world subtly like a reminiscence The heavy gold glamour of approaching sunset lay over all the colliery district, and the ugliness overlaid with beauty was like a narcotic to the senses over all the amorphous squalor a kind of magic was cast The broad dialect was curiously caressing to the blood In their voices she could hear the voluptuous resonance of darkness, the strong, dangerous underworld, mindless, inhuman They sounded also like strange machines heavily oiled Why should you always be doing Often, I wanted the characters to do doing and less talking He saw her face strangely enkindled, as if suffused from within by a powerful sweet fire His soul was arrested in wonder She was enkindled in her own living fire Arrested in wonder and in pure, perfect attraction, he moved towards her On the water, lanterns were coming alight, faint ghosts of warm flame floating in the pallor of the first twilight The earth was spread with darkness, like lacquer, overhead was a pale sky, all primrose, and the lake was pale as milk in one part Away at the landing stage, tiniest points of coloured rays were stringing themselves in the dusk All round, shadow was gathering from the trees Pain gradually absorbed hi life Gradually it drew away all his potentiality, it bled him into the dark, it weaned him of life The men were satisfied to belong to the great and wonderful machine, even whilst it destroyed themTheir hearts died within them, but their souls were satisfied I want you to drop your assertive will I want you to trust yourself so implicitly, that you can let yourself go He kissed her softly like dew falling Her father was not a coherent human being, he was a roomful of old echoes Wrestling, They became accustomed to each other, to each other s rhythm, they got a kind of mutual physical understandingas if they would break into a oneness working into a tighter closer oneness of struggle, with a strange, octopus like knotting and flashing of limbs in the subdued light of the room the strange sound of flesh escaping under flesh Often, in the white interlaced knot of violent living being that swayed silently, there was no head to be seen, only the swift, tight limbs, the solid white backs, the physical junction of two bodies clinched into oneness The earth seemed to tilt and sway, and a complete darkness was coming over his mind He did not know what happened The talk went on like a rattle of small artillery the continual splatter of verbal jest, designed to give a tone of flippancy to a stream of conversation that was all critical and general, a canal of conversation rather than a stream The attitude was mental and very wearying H s face There was something of the stupidity and the unenlightened self esteem of a horse in it Her pity for him was as cold as stone, its deepest motive was hate of him, and fear of his power over her, which she must always counterfoil She was like a flower just opened in the rain, the heart of the blossom just newly visible, seeming to emit a warmth of retained sunshine And now, behold, from the smitten rock of the man s body, from the strange marvellous flanks and thighs, deeper, further in mystery than the phallic source, came the floods of ineffable darkness and ineffable riches She had her desire of him, she touched, she received the maximum of unspeakable communication in touch, dark, subtle, positively silent, a magnificent gift and give again, a perfect acceptance and yielding, a mystery the immemorial magnificence of mystic, palpable, real otherness He seemed to be gathering her into himself, her warmth, her softness, her adorable weight, drinking in the suffusion of her physical being, avidly He lifted her, and seemed to pour her into himself, like wine into a cup So she relaxed, and seemed to melt, to flow into him, as if she were some infinitely warm and precious suffusion filling into his veins, like an intoxicant She reached up, like Eve reaching to the apples on the tree of knowledge touching his face with her infinitely delicate, encroaching wondering fingers Her soul thrilled with complete knowledge This was the glistening, forbidden apple, this face of a man To know him, to gather him in by touch She wanted to touch him and touch him and touch him It was a rather stiff, sad meeting, like a verification of separateness than a reunion There they sat down, folded together, folded round with the same rug, creeping in nearer and ever nearer to one another, till it seemed they had crept right into each other, and become one substance His heart went up like a flame of ice They found themselves in a vague, unsubstantial outdoors of dim snow and ghosts of an upper world, that made strange shadows before the stars It seemed conscious, malevolent, purposive in its intense murderous coldness The first days passed in an ecstasy of physical motion, sleighing, skiing, skating, moving in an intensity of speed and white light that surpassed life itself, and carried the souls of the human beings beyond into an inhuman abstraction of velocity and weight and eternal, frozen snow It was a fight to the death, she knew it now Either the heart would break, or cease to care MoonyOne of my favourite passages, from the chapter titled Moony Throwing stones at the moon s reflection Darts of bright light shot asunder, darkness swept over the centre There was no moon, only a battlefield of broken lights and shadows, running close together Shadows, dark and heavy, struck again and again across the place where the heart of the moon had been, obliterating it altogether The white fragments pulsed up and down, and could not find where to go, apart and brilliant on the water like the petals of a rose that a wind has blown far and wide He saw the moon regathering itself insidiously, saw the heart of the rose intertwining vigorously and blindly, calling back the scattered fragments, winning home the fragments, in a pulse and in effort of return Throw another stone Flakes of light appeared here and there, glittering tormented among the shadows, far off, in strange places among the dripping shadow of the willow on the island Amusing Bafflement Chapter VI has three references to inchoate eyes , whatever that means He rocked on the water perfectly, like the rocking of phosphorescence Yes, he s in a boat, but even so Her soul was destroyed with the exquisite shock of his invisible fluid lightning Ah much, much, many days harvesting for her large, yet perfectly subtle and intelligent hands upon the field of his living, radio active body Ugh or LOL Picture sourcesCarpet of primroses colliery peak

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    Probably it s always going to be a mistake to reread a book you loved in your youth I haven t read Lawrence for a long time I believed I had his triumphs and failures pretty clear in my mind Sons and Lovers, the early stories, The Rainbow and Women in Love all masterpieces everything that followed going from bad to worse So it was a shock to discover that Women in Love probably belongs in the latter category There are, of course, flashes of his unique genius but they are few and far between As is frequently the case in his later novels Lawrence is here on his soapbox, sermonising and ranting His fabulous electric insights into the beauty of the natural world are virtually absent There s something of the angry teenager in Lawrence he s always on some protest march and his target is always the established order The four central characters in WIL, with the exception perhaps of Ursula, come across as outgrown children with relentlessly outsized emotions Every moment is a dark night of the soul or an epiphany They simply do not do ordinary emotion He also has the teenage urgency to exalt his own love over everyone else s, as if what he knows as love is mysteriously denied to all us mere mortals How can I say I love you when I have ceased to be we are both caught up and transcended into a new oneness where everything is silent, because there is nothing to answer, all is perfect and at one We don t though feel this at all They are just empty words This is a problem in this novel the characters do not effectively dramatise Lawrence s lofty ideas The novel is all caught up in the subjectivity of its author Lawrence s mouthpiece in this novel is Birkin In every novel he wrote he had to have a mouthpiece and usually this is the character you most feel like slapping in the face On the positive side Lawrence can be brilliant at understanding women Forget the overblown kitsch of the wrestling scene the best moment in this novel is when Ursula gives vent to her rage at Birkin It s a brilliant depiction of primeval female fury directed at the cajoling bullying instinct of the male I noticed Lawrence has a habit of placing opposition in his character s feelings This kind of thing She was happy and yet she was resentful He was curious and yet he was bored They were resigned and yet they were hopeful He does this all the time I suppose it does have a place as this novel is about will the wrestling of one will against another, whether it s an individual or society as a whole Lawrence is trying to forge a new concept of will Ultimately the eternal snow capped mountains will impede this dawning of a new day in human volition One of the reasons I loved this novel in my youth was that I idolised Katherine Mansfield and Lawrence uses her for the character of Gudrun and her husband John Middleton Murray for Gerald Lawrence met Katherine Mansfield and John Middleton Murry when they wrote to him in 1913 to ask for a story to publish in Rhythm the magazine they edited together in London When the Lawrences came to England the two couples met and established an immediate rapport Katherine and John were witnesses at their marriage and Frieda gave Katherine her old wedding ring, which Katherine wore for the rest of her life Katherine and Frieda never became real friends Katherine s affinity was always with Lawrence There was tension in the relationship because Lawrence was deeply attracted to John, wanting to establish a blood brother bond with him John was also attracted to Frieda, with whom he had an affair after Katherine died The two couples lived close to each other, first in Berkshire in 1914 and then in Zennor Cornwall in 1915 There were innumerable quarrels and the friendship was broken off several times Lawrence once wrote to Katherine a fellow consumptive You are a loathsome reptile stewing in your consumption I hope you will die Katherine understood Lawrence and even forgave him, writing in her Journal that Lawrence and I are unthinkably alike So, Women in Love heavy on verbiage, rubbled with repetitive pseudo philosophy, burdened with three of most unlikeable characters you re likely to meet in a novel all year and yet here and there dazzlingly brilliant as Lawrence was when he stepped down from his tiresome soapbox.

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    Ever noticed how many people hate DH Lawrence Often for opposite reasons by the way there are those who condemn his misognyny, while others allege him to be too doting of the fair sex Which is it Sometimes he s damned for being too obscene, but elsewhere dismissed as overly fussy about flowers and horses He even gets clubbed for creating self absorbed characters, just after someone has taken a swipe at him for promoting a harmful ideal of sacrificial love All of these folks can agree that they strongly dislike to read Lawrence s books, but from hearing them converse, one might almost conclude that the entire group can hardly be discussing the works of a single author The variety of accusations are impossible to reconcile.I think it is just this pattern of polarized criticism of his work that ought to point us to the obvious power Lawrence held as a novelist If a single man can provoke simultaneous accusations of depicting egotists and martyrs, obscenity and prudery, sexism against women and reverence for women, then obviously he is hitting his mark in there somewhere as an artist Lawrence s critics might not all reach the same specific conclusions about the dreck they ve just endured, but they are united in judging him a failure.Now there are plenty of worthy theorists whose tidy explanation of these contradictory responses among Lawrence s critics is that they are not, in fact, contradictory On the contrary, these psychologists argue that such disparate elements in Lawrence s writing are unassailable proof, not of the man s status as a literary genius, but of his latent homosexuality.My two objections are strenuous, but almost too obvious to mention First, the fact that Lawrence wrote a lot about women, love, the self, and sex proves nothing whatsoever about his being gay It only proves that he was a human, and that his particular strategy for facing his complexity as a human was to write books about it I happen to think it a great approach, and I find the results to be outstanding and insightful So I m happy he turned his feelings and thoughts into novels Others however will stick to the view that he would have been better off at a gay bar.The second problem with this dismissive response to Lawrence is that it doesn t answer the original question how is it that Lawrence s critics say such opposite things when they complain about him, and so vociferously To call him gay will never do, because simply to accuse a writer of being gay does nothing to explain how he can bring about this sharp contrast in opinions.I think the truth is that Lawrence is guilty of all of the seemingly dichotomous charges being laid at his feet But what has caused such alarm in others is a cause of tremendous joy in me If you couldn t already tell, I m a Lawrence fan I love his books, and especially this one Sons and Lovers is also brilliant It is full of beautifully made scenes in which you can actually feel the orchestrated and opposing emotions and thoughts of two different characters at the same time Often these are scenes of disagreement, between lovers, between sisters, and between best friends As I read, I was pulling for everyone because everyone is sympathetic.Lawrence s descriptions of nature are often so powerful because of the barely restrained beauty of his objects, and because just as you are beginning to enjoy the ride, violence spills onto the scene and you are swept onto the next chapter The scene where Gerald is trying to impress his girlfriend by riding his horse up to the edge of the train track as the engine flies past is a perfect demonstration of this ability Lawrence posesses The best part of this book is at the end when Gerald dies in the Alps while trying to understand life, and then the final mysterious dialogue between the remaining lovers, Rupert Birkin and Ursula Brangwen Read the book.

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    I want to find you, where you don t know your own existence, the you that your common self denies utterly But I don t want your good looks, and I don t want your womanly feelings, and I don t want your thoughts nor opinions nor your ideas they are all bagatellas to me If you ve already experienced gag reflex, then you know what to partly expect from this book Yet to say this was all this book was about, would mean I did not take the time to read all of it After having had friendly debates about men, women, and the ways in which they love, you will appreciate dialogue that toys with the questions Who is the wife Who, the mistress And what of the playboy Publish this book today and it will center on the complexities of dating This is considered the most important work by the most important twentieth century English novelist most likely because of the way Lawrence tends to write about desire and passion He does this perfectly in Sons and Lovers and he takes it to an even disconcerting level in this novel Perhaps what he does most beautifully is stick with themes and setting choosing instead to define his characters by the way they live and think Pierce through into an inner thought, travel through some idea, and this is how you get to sense each character You ve got to lapse out before you can know what sensual reality is, lapse into unknowingness, and give up your volition Find love in the form that works for you, is the message from Women in Love. It is a debate about the different forms of love and the choices each one has to choose his or her own kind of love married love or partnership, passionate love or spiritual love The story focuses on feminist sisters, Gudrun and Ursula, and their significant others, Gerald and Birkin Gudrun and Ursula are teachers who stand apart in society because of their ideals, even by the way they dress and interact with others yes, a good shade of pink or yellow or jeans in the midst of suits always symbolizes the middle finger in the air Is one woman born a mistress Is the other settling for marriage or choosing love To think, this was first published in a 1916 male repressive society, and yet these are female characters making such radical lifestyle choices, like Gudrun leaving home to live in London as a single artist.Every December, Lawrence and I have our yearly encounter In 2013 it was with Sons and Lovers. Last month, Women in Love. Though I saw him strike some universal themes with this work, I preferred the characters and story of Sons and Lovers, especially at those moments when the prose here deviated to this sort of madness his body stretching and surging like the marsh fire, stretching towards her, his hand coming straight forward like a stem Her voluptuous, acute apprehension of him made the blood faint in her veins, her mind went dim and unconscious And he rocked on the water perfectly, like the rocking of phosphorescence Seriously, why did that last sentence even take place In her literary critique of this book, Virginia Woolf wrote, one feels that not a single word has been chosen for its beauty, or its effect upon the architect of the sentence Oddly, this is why I love D.H Lawrence s unpredictable prose and weird word repetition it rubs off, I ve been repeating sangfroid for days now.

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    But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions Women in Love 1920 is a novel by British author D H Lawrence, a sequel to his earlier novel The Rainbow 1915 , following the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters, Gudrun and Ursula Gudrun Brangwen, an artist, pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich, an industrialist Gerald will inherit a colliery, and since coal mining takes a hit in The Rainbow as an emblem of industrialization s defiling of natural midland England, we really struggle to see how this relationship between art and coal could possibly work They would never be together Ah, this awful, inhuman distance which would always be interposed between her and the other being There was nothing to do but to lie still and endure She felt an overwhelming tenderness for him, and a dark, under stirring of jealous hatred, that he should lie so perfect and immune, in an other world, whilst she was tormented with violent wakefulness, cast out in the outer darkness Lawrence contrasts this pair with teacher Ursula Brangwen and Rupert Birkin, an alienated intellectual who articulates many of the opinions on men and women, love and democracy associated with the author Lawrence Birkin and Ursula debate for hours the nature of love, on this kind of near Buddhist, unknowing level You ve got to lapse out before you can know what sensual reality is, lapse into unkowingness, and give up your volition You ve got to learn not to be before you can come into being Or I want to be gone out of myself, and you to be lost to yourself, so we are found different But this battle to define love also has sweetness in it They looked at each other and laughed, then looked away, filled with darkness and secrecy Then they kissed and remembered the magnificence of the night It was so magnificent, such an inheritance of a universe of dark reality, that they were afraid to seem to remember Gerald and Rupert also have a strong attraction to each other There s a naked wrestling scene, evidence of Birkin s feeling that he needs an intense though different love of a man as much as he needs the love of a woman Intense is the order of the day always for each of these people.Much of the novel is anguished, overheated talk, founded in powerful or, if you choose, just overwrought, youthful psychological and physical attractions And they repel each other, too, or maybe it is best to describe them all as colliding with each other in love so intense it is on the edge of hate Lots of fighting sometimes leading to tenderness Most of the action, such as it is, happens in England and concludes on holiday for the foursome and a few other characters woven in and out in the Tyrolean Alps This is Lawrence s favorite of all his novels, and the one most drawing on his life, Ursula s character based on Lawrence s wife Frieda and Gudrun s on Katherine Mansfield, while Rupert Birkin s has elements of Lawrence himself, and Gerald Crich is partly based on Mansfield s husband, John Middleton Murry As we know from The Rainbow, Ursula is a schoolteacher, Gudrun a painter Early on they establish that men and love are superfluous Then Ursula meets Birkin, and they proceed to a tempestuous raging relationship, equal parts heat and light Also early on the two best and quite different friends, Rupert and Gerald, have a similar conversation about women and love as superfluous, but then Gerald sees Gudrun, and they eventually develop a relationship, a case of opposites attracting There s heat, again, but less light, and the heat that is generated between them is that such as draws a moth to the flame The two couples take a holiday together in the Alps where Ursula and Birkin resolve some of their basic differences, and Gudrun and Gerald decidedly do not resolve their differences I love you, I hate you, I ll be destroyed by you, I ll destroy you So much a struggle of wills And then a dramatic conclusion in the snows of the Alps It sounds here like I am not liking it, but Lawrence writes so passionately, you either have to laugh and throw this across the room or you must embrace him that passionate love heat thing seems to apply to his readers, too , and I seem to have fallen into bed with him or replace with wrestling metaphor here, but you get the point.A 20 second clip from Ken Russell s 1969 film adaptation, which made a through line of romantic celebration Woodstock was 1969 from Lawrence to the sixtes Glenda Jackson won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Gudrun scenes Gerald s trying to force his mare to stay close to a passing train, to assert his dominance over it, torturing it bloody it in the process This is cruel Gerald, control freak, the very image of the very male boss who must dominate, master, in an assertion of power and strength Gudrun, the artist, sees this, is nevertheless confusedly attracted to him he s a rich and powerful and repellent alpha male, in the way of bad boy romances , though she also fears he will dominate and possibly destroy her will Gerald s father, the owner of the coal mine, dying, refusing to give in to the dying of the light, produces some small but important vulnerability in Gerald, that leads him in the middle of the night to sneak into Gudrun s house, and bed We have hope for him and them on this night Gudrun running and dancing among the cattle, the nature child Birkin asking for Ursula s hand in marriage, unplanned before Ursula s traditionalist father, which ignites a weeks long struggle before she comes to her final decision.Simone de Beauvoir said of the novel that it was phallocentric, but I okay, I m a male saw of a balance in the struggle between men and women Ursula and Gudrun are the strongest voices and spirits in the story, in spite of a certain male power that is present Women assert themselves against male dominance and find their voices and control over their bodies, in my reading They get what they want, they don t accept what is not good for them She was not herself she was not anything She was something that is going to be soon soon very soon But as yet, she was only imminent Women in Love is a novel of ideas, but Lawrence s lyrical prose is also Expressionistically emotional, supercharged with erotic energy It took a while to heat up, this novel of his twenties, and the twenties of these four young people, but I finally fell in love with it again Maybe it was the mid point of the book where it had its hooks in me, when they seem to all give in to each other and have fun for a time, dancing, boating, with long wine soaked conversations Like The Rainbow, which I actually liked better, with its primeval depictions of working class England, Women in Love challenged Victorian conceptions of sexuality It was great to return to it after than 4 decades I can certainly see how Lawrence might be disliked for all the too emotional writing, but for me it perfectly captures the late sixties and early seventies counter cultural focus on freedom, imagining as it begins to do alternate conceptions to mainstream industrial corporate society hey, communes.And sometimes the prose can be lyrical and lovely and soft A dozen or boats on the lake swung their rosy and moon like lanterns low on the water, that reflected as from a fire In the distance, the steamer twanged and thrummed and washed with her faintly splashing paddles, trailing her strings of coloured lights, and occasionally lighting up the whole scene luridly with an effusion of fireworks, Roman candles and sheafs of stars and other simple effects, illuminating the surface of the water, and showing the boats creeping round, low down Then the lovely darkness fell again, the lanterns and the little threaded lights glimmered softly, there was a muffled knocking of oars and a waving of music A 5 minute scene from Women in Love by Ken Russell

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    The best book I probably will ever read I think I fell in love with Lawrence and his ideas Am I sick

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    No Pot O Gold Past the End of The RainbowThis was a letdown from The Rainbow 1915 , which stirred and sizzled, was better written and seemed momentous In it, Ursula Brangwen came of age and defied the conventions of the unsophisticated environs in which she was raised, so she could selfishly search for satisfaction of the senses in a university town.With Women in Love 1921 , D.H Lawrence continues his look at marriage and the relationships between men and women Ursula is now a teacher who has a relationship with Rupert Birkin as coequals modeled on Lawrence and his wife who work to resolve their disputes and aspire to understand and honor each other s uniqueness On the other hand, her younger sister Gudrun Brangwen a young teen at The Rainbow s end now a sculptor, embarks upon and survives a fateful relationship with the indifferent industrialist Gerald Crich, an affair damned to failure by the uncompromising constitutions of each.To be sure, Lawrence has something instructive to say about love and marriage, how it requires work, respect and compromise Unfortunately, this did not work for me It was too dry and perhaps a bit didactic By comparison, I admired and enjoyed both Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow Two out of three ain t bad.

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    This is another old review, written for another website back in 2003, my memory of this book is shoddy at best.I believe D H Lawrence, despite writing constantly about men and women in a risqu manner for his time, is gay Why do I say this Because of the three Lawrence novels I ve read to date in only one does he even get close to writing an authentic relationship between a man and a woman It s not in the two novels I would expect though In Lady Chatterly s Lover and in Women in Love Lawrence writes about women as if they are an alien species that he has heard about but never seen In each book during the sensual scenes because honestly there is no real sex in Lawrence s books and I m really at a loss why everything he wrote was deemed pornographic, even for the tighter laced post Victorian era he wrote in between a man and a woman I really expected him in earnest to write that women have teeth down there You know in their loin regions Oh, and before I start the review proper the one novel that he seems to write women well is in The Rainbow, the first novel in the Trilogy that follows with Women in Love and ends with Aaron s Rod But, as one last pre review aside, The Rainbow could have just been called Jude the Obscure Part 2 since it read exactly like a Thomas Hardy novel.So, anyway Women in Love is by some strange group of polltakers considered the most widely read English novel of the 20th Century 2011 addition I have no idea where I came across this fact I doubt this, and if I m wrong then people really need to get out and read of the 20th Century Classics The story involves two sisters the women who will fall in love , and two men the recipients of this affection Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, the daughters of the protagonist of The Rainbow, begin the novel by having a discussion about marriage Ursula, the eldest daughter, is a schoolmistress a teacher Her sister, Gudrun, has just begun teaching also after a time away from their provincial hometown life Gudrun was an artist of some merit that fluctuates throughout the novel to fit the scenes, but by an average account she made a modest success during her time in London Why she returned to the backwoods home she grew up in is never quite explained, but she is back home, and that is enough for the novel.The two sisters begin the novel by talking about marriage Ursula for some unknown reason doesn t think she needs to get married, and this shocks her bohemian sister who for some reason can t understand why her sister would go against social customs This scene is stupid in light of the novel taken as a whole Both women throughout the novel change their opinion on this question with gusto The reader after awhile has to wonder if Lawrence just happened to put words into the character s mouths to play devils advocate, or if he is trying to say something like women have a flippant nature Besides very radical shifts in opinion the women are given very little description besides the color of clothes Gudrun is wears and that each are quite beautiful What do they look like exactly Well Lawrence is a bit vague on that I never could quite get a mental image of either of them Only one woman in the whole book is ever described in detail and she s a boyish built shorthaired baby talking lispy nymph, who warrants pages of description but who is pretty much unnecessary for the plot.The women really aren t important to the novel though, even though they are in the title The real characters are the two men, Birkin and Gerald Birkin, a self portrait of Lawrence, is a local teacher also Sometimes he s a preacher though I couldn t tell which he really was Once he was even something like the principal of the school Oh but who cares for consistency, especially since he never seems to go to work or have any material responsibilities The details aren t important anyway, but I ll get to that in a bit Birkin is basically an opinionated bore, dressed in a Heathcliff esque Wuthering Heights reference, not the lazy cat brooding manner who spouts off his quasi naturalism to anyone happening to cross his path Birkin s angry all the time, quite violent in speech and sickly He is never painted in a good light and doesn t represent a very good model for Lawrence s personal philosophy if this is what he is trying to achieve with the character Ursula falls in love with this pig headed fool.Gudrun falls in love with the other man, Gerald Gerald s from a rich family that owns all of the coal mines in the surrounding area He s quite good looking in a Germanic Nordic way, and is the most richly described character in the book He s just about as flippant as the women are though as fitting the bottom to Birkin s top He likes being a captain of industry He hates being a captain of industry He is having the time of his life with his adventurous lifestyle Everything bores him to tears He s a spineless worm around Gudrun He s a domineering patriarch towards Gudrun Why does he change Sometimes we are given hints, sometimes the changes come after talking to Birkin, but most of the time they just seem to change in order to have something else for Birkin to expound about One other thing about Gerald, Birkin loves him quite passionately and believes that a pure love between two men is stronger than any love a man and a woman can share.So, what is the novel about Basically these four people squabbling over each other and having a lot of fights based on strongly held ideals Not much happens in the novel Events take place in the background, but the plot is never driven There are not enough characters to create any intrigue over the romantic outcome, and the characters all seem to fall right in line with their respective partners too easily Of course they fight, but every time one of them really gets angry the other one always seems to come crawling back in beaten submission to the gloriousness of the other This is played out in just about every possible permutation with the exception of Gudrun who only fluctuates between icy bitch and vaguely interested in Gerald but she is a woman in love don t forget The novel breaks down to being about the ideas that Birkin holds and to a lesser extent the ideas of the other characters None of the other three hold ideas drastically different from Birkin s though they just aren t quite as passionate about them and that works as a set up for Birkin s angry assaults.So what are the basic ideas I ll explain them this way first If you ve ever read Ayn Rand s Fountainhead or Atlas Shrugged take away the plot, keep the characters and everything about them, then remove the strong capitalist overtones but keep the strong individualism, bull headedness, and the way the strong characters dominant and lay themselves prostrate to each other and you ve got the general idea of this novel Or better yet read anything by Neitzsche and take away all the bookishness of his philological learning and just keep the random attacks on everything in modern society and you ve got a pretty fair picture of Birkin And Birkin is the novel.If those descriptions don t help basically Birkin believes that everything in modern society is diluted, horrible, weak and wrong Everything good about the world has been bastardized into a pale spectre of it s true self, and life is basically lived inauthentically by just about everyone Only a few people are aware enough to realize this, and for those few living just a few pure moments is valuable then living a lifetime like the masses do Maybe if I hadn t read many other books that deal with this same idea I would find the ideas in this novel novel, but honestly nothing said was very interesting to me I d heard it all before, and read it in either eloquent manners or with plots that sustained my interest beyond the constant preaching When modern society isn t being critiqued to death various forms of love are being argued These arguments could all have been taken straight out of Plato s Symposium with Birkin as the wise but assholeish Socrates at the helm.On the topic of love, there are only two scenes where passion takes any kind of substantial form The first is between the two men when they decide to wrestle each other During this scene their oneness gets penetrated by the other, and Birkin is surprised when Gerald rises up in a welcoming motion over powers and tops him The only other scene is between Ursula and Birkin This scene deals mostly with the mightiness of Birkin s loins, and the realization that not all truth of the world springs from the phallic center of man but deeper mystery s lie in the whole body of a man man meaning man, not a pre PC word for people Both scenes are quite homoerotic and added to my feeling that Lawrence only included the women to the novel as a social convention The real love story is between the two men The ideal a woman can fill in Lawrence s world is as an attractive beard that will act as a shield between the sensitive man and a harsh world.I did like the book though, all criticism aside I think that Lawrence is a very talented writer and worth being read Even though the content of the book did little for me his writing style was wonderful and his description of place is amazing I d highly recommend The Rainbow to people interested in trying out Lawrence though Actually I would recommend reading Thomas Hardy to anyone interested in the topics of pastoral English life during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and it s interplay between tradition and modernity as it relates to individual versus society This novel, while considered a classic, I think boils down to being an angry book by a man angry about the treatment his earlier books had received It was difficult not perceiving this book as a five hundred page rant by Lawrence.This wasn t much of a consumer review, but basically I d say if you are interested in reading the canon of 20th century English novels then you should check this out If you are looking for a nice easy read I d avoid this one and settle for something interesting from the same time period Who would I recommend Well Thomas Hardy as I said, or Anton Chekov I m sure there are many other wonderful late 19th century writers who tackle Lawrence s terrain in a enjoyable manner I just realized that I m only recommending 19th century authors in lieu of this 20th century writer Maybe Lawrence would have been a better fit to the previous century As a last stalwart against the High Modernist tradition emerging in the early 20th century he comes across as a bitter and reactionary opponent to the coming times, but his anger makes most of his arguments seem half baked and impotent.

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    This is not just because the narrator talks too fast and is really hard to understand, it s also because I m just too old for this book In my idealistic youth I would have found the ramblings of these people inspiring but now I m bored They go on and on about how the world is awful and I just had enough and can t finish it.

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