Monday, August 26, 2013

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence

This Ain’t No Lady (Wayward Women Week)

Unless you’re living under a rock, almost everyone has heard of the book Fifty Shades of Grey, even if you haven’t read it—like me.  Apparently the series of three books is so steamy, it advanced global warming a couple of notches.  I understand that the trilogy takes passion and sex to a new level.  If you’re not quite ready for that degree of intensity, there are other tamer versions of lust, infidelity, and romps between the sheets that you may want to consider. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence, for example, is a 1928 novel that was so notorious it was banned in England until 1960. It has detailed sex scenes that may require a few ice chips to cool you down.  The novel is about poor Constance Chatterley’s quest for happiness, or at least an escape from the real world.  When her husband comes home from the war, he’s paralyzed from the waist down.  This puts a major crimp in all efforts of the horizontal mambo. And as if that wasn't inconvenient enough for Connie, he also seems to be drifting away from her emotionally. Connie can’t take it anymore.  She’s numb inside, an empty shell and desperately needs something to bring her back to life.  Even her father sees her dilemma and urges her to have a fling. “Why don’t you get yourself a beau, Connie? Do you all the good in the world.”  And like a good daughter, she takes his advice and seeks out the comforts of the gamekeeper, Oliver, at her estate.  Oliver is all man. This strapping, red-haired handyman is a very capable in many aspects.  Although he is obviously beneath her in status, that doesn't stop her from being beneath him, literally. But are they just physical frolics, or does it lead to more?   Read it to find out. Get a glass a wine and a highlighter and get ready for some spicy evenings!

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