“Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D. H. Lawrence

I’ve got mixed feelings about this book. First of all, I was reading “Lady Chatterley’s Lover” by D.H. Lawrence and was wondering, how it has happened so that I hadn’t read it when I was young and very eager to read all foreign classics. Secondly, I felt that the explicit language and scenes are too much for me to be able to truly enjoy the book.

That being said, I have to admit that if you look broader at the idea of the book and at the characters, you might see much more than a scandalous – for those times – affair between a gamekeeper and the Lady.

Some phrases in the book struck me as extremely modern and up-to-date. For example, Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper, writes in a letter to Lady Chatterley: “If you could only tell them that living and spending isn’t the same thing!” Does not it ring true also nowadays, when some people are concentrated on the things, they temporarily cannot have due to the pandemics, while forgetting about more serious issues and more simple ones?

I wouldn’t recommend this book for those, who cannot see beyond the intimate scenes and too direct language. If one treats it as the centre of the story, I doubt that one can see anything else. While the book certainly opens for thinking and for discussing the issues that are always modern: different opportunities for different social classes, and the hardships of those, who feel they don’t belong to the class they were born to.

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