Reason 1. It has a great 1st paragraph and hook line. Especially relevant today.
Reason 2. He wrote great sex scenes even by today’s standard.
Reason 3. He shows you can be intellectual and sexual at the same time.
Let’s go back and talk about the first paragraph specifically.
“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened; we are among the ruins; we build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes, it is rather hard work; there is now no smooth road into the future; but we go around, or scramble over the obstacles, we’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”
That is a very significant and rather important first paragraph that will hook the reader I think It hooked me. Especially now at the end of a pandemic with government ordered quarantines and riots over the police killing of black men and the epidemic of mass shootings. This was an important first paragraph. Even though it was written by a dying D. H. Lawrence in 1928. What it encourages me to do is to work toward better first paragraphs in my writing.
Let’s look at number 2. D. H. Lawrence wrote great sex scenes. They were full of movement and feeling. For example.
“He roused in the woman a wild sort of compassion and yearning, and a wild craving physical desire. The physical desire he did not satisfy in her; he was always come and finished so quickly, then shrinking down on her breast, and recovering somewhat his effrontery while she lay dazed disappointed lost.
But then she learnt to hold him, to keep him inside her when his crisis was over, And then there he was generous and curiously potent; he stayed firm inside her given to her while she was active, coming to her own crisis.”
D. H. Lawrence also wrote more explicitly about sex using language that is baser. But his subtlety here is remarkable. But not for his time. Just ours.
The third reason to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover is that there is some real mental gymnastics here there are themes around the woman’s place, sexuality and class systems. Some real things to think about between the sex scenes.
The three reasons to read Lady Chatterley again are to discover a great first paragraph, second to learn his style of writing sex scenes and third to enjoy the intellectual gymnastics of a book that discusses many important relevant social topics.
Those are three reasons to read Lady Chatterley’s lover by D.H. Lawrence.
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