A book review. Ish.

It’s not really a book review at all. It’s a list of the things I love most about D. H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, which I am listening to on audiobook.

1. The way they talk about their ‘crisis’ for an orgasm.

2. Listening to the intimacies of a love affair being explained in a broad Yorkshire accent.

3. When Connie is being described as young and virile and, in amongst it all, her breasts are said to be ‘longish.’

4. The way he talks about her bum as her ‘tail.’

5. The gamekeeper’s long rant about ‘lesbians,’ which leads me to think lesbians must have been something different in 1929. For example, he talks about how he hates lesbians because when he sleeps with a lesbian, they are really selfish in bed. Surely a lesbian, in our sense of the word, wouldn’t be sleeping with him at all?

6. Connie’s constant need for reassurance that makes me want to tell her to shut up; “You do love me, don’t you?” “Don’t you want me?” “Don’t you love me?” “Tell me you love me?” “Do you love me?”

7. Ivy Boulton’s long rambling descriptions of her husband, Ted, and how he died and how he was a miner and how she loved him.

8. The way Connie is said to have a ‘mound of Venus’ and the gamekeeper talks about his ‘John Thomas.’ Brilliant.


8 responses to this post.

  1. The old ways to do sex talk is lost, I am afraid.


  2. This may help answer your question about lesbians:
    “…When early sexologists in the late 19th century began to categorize and describe homosexual behavior, hampered by a lack of knowledge about the female homosexuality or women’s sexuality, they distinguished lesbians as women who did not adhere to female gender roles and incorrectly designated them mentally ill – a designation which has been reversed in the global scientific community.”
    Wiki – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lesbian


  3. so strange… I bought a copy of this at a flea market this past weekend! the best part though is that it’s a specific paperback edition that was banned in the UK and USA in the 50s!


  4. I remember approaching this book with some kind of reverence and major expectations of forbidden fruits when I was about 15! Pretty tame compared to what is going around now. But I loved it!


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