Women in Love

Women in Love

Book - 2002
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From one of the 20th century's preeminent novelists and poets comes this passionate tale of romance amid the chaos of modern life. D. H. Lawrence's compelling account of two couples' search for romantic fulfillment is steeped in an edgy eroticism bordering on violence. The literary world reacted with shock upon its 1921 publication: nearly a century later, the novel's psychological penetration continues to captivate readers.
Women in Love reintroduces two sisters, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, who initially appeared in Lawrence's previous novel, The Rainbow (1915). Ursula's relationship with Rupert Birkin, an introspective and misanthropic school inspector, is contrasted with that of Gudrun and Gerald Crich, an overbearing industrialist. Set in a coal-mining town in the English Midlands, their stories explore the disastrous effects of industrialization on the psyche and suggest that rebirth can be achieved only through emotional intensity.
Composed at the height of the author's powers, Women in Love is the novel that Lawrence considered his masterpiece (the characters of Rupert and Ursula are widely regarded as Lawrence's depiction of himself and his wife, Frieda). Rich in symbolism and lyric prose, it offers a complex meditation on the meaning of love in a changing world.
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2002
ISBN: 9780486424583
Branch Call Number: F LAW 2002 NVD


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booklady1 Mar 21, 2014

From page 1 to 293 I found absolutely torturous to read. It was of no interest to me. I found the story incoherent and not very appealing. The only reason I kept on reading was to see if at some point the story would get better. After page 294 you get just enough to stay invested in the story. The characters spent most of there time arguing with each other. They are annoying, and at times very selfish. They are the most unhappy characters I have ever read about. SAD. Gudrun, I just didn't get her. Birkin irritates me throughout the entire story...but I felt real emotion for him in the conclusion of the story. In-addition I love the brotherhood/ friendship between him and Gerald. Ursula was very demanding which had me screaming (AS IF SHE COULD HEAR ME) hahaha!!!!! girl you can fight for love...but you can't force love....or beg to be love. I think the title of this book should be WOMEN DEMANDING LOVE.

Aug 24, 2011

Women in Love is the story of the Brangwen sisters who are very different in their approaches to life and relationships. The novel centers on Ursula's relationship with Birkin and Gudrun's relationship with Gerald Crich, son of the owner of the town's coal mine.

This is my first foray into Lawrence's work, and it will not be my last! In spite of the angst and over-analytical tendencies, it is the most lush, sumptuous writing I've ever had the pleasure to read. I loved it!

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