Lady Chatterley's Lover - an anniversary


"Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff." - D.H. Lawrence

I read DH Lawrence's classic Lady Chatterley's Lover last year (read a review of it here), and was absolutely blown away by the story. It was emotional, is was poignant and above all.... it was raunchy. Here is an example of the raunchiness:

"...something in her quivered, and something in her spirit stiffened in resistance: stiffened from the terribly physical intimacy, and from the peculiar haste of his possession. And this time the sharp ecstasy of her own passion did not overcome her; she lay with her hands inert on his striving body, and do what she might, her spirit seemed to look on from the top of her head, and the butting of his haunches seemed ridiculous to her, and the sort of anxiety of his penis to come to its little evacuating crisis seemed farcical".
Anyone else feeling a bit hot? They don't write sex scenes like that anymore, that's for sure.

In any event, this book is about a lot more than good sex, but it was the sex that caused such controversy around the book that the publishers were sued for obscenity and the book was banned in many parts of the world.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the publishers of this book being acquitted from obscenity charges in relation to their publication of this book. The INTERNET WRITING WORKSHOP has a great article today outlining lots of interesting facts about Lady Chatterley's Lover and the legal challenge. Have a read of it here if you are interested.


Has anyone read this book? What did you think of it?

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