Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Classic Romance: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

"His body was urgent against her, and she didn't have the heart anymore to fight...She saw his eyes, tense and brilliant, fierce, not loving. But her will had left her. A strange weight was on her limbs. She was giving way. She was giving up...she had to lie down there under the boughs of the tree, like an animal, while he waited, standing there in his shirt and breeches, watching her with haunted eyes...He too had bared the front part of his body and she felt his naked flesh against her as he came into her. For a moment he was still inside her, turgid there and quivering..."- Lady Chatterley's Lover

  • Author:  D.H. Lawrence
  • Title: Lady Chatterley’s Lover
  • Genre: Classic Romance
  • Publication Date: 1928, 1960
  • Number of Pages:  (audio)
  • Geographical Setting: England
  • Time Period: Early 1900s

Plot Summary:
Constance Chatterley finds herself married to the crippled Mr. Chatterly. Dissatisfied with their relationship which is based only on talking she finds herself in an affair with the gamekeeper of her husband’s estate. Lawrence gives Connie a bold voice speaking her thoughts about love, sex and affair in vivid detail – a racy novel in its time.

Appeal:  Steamy Literary/Classic Romance

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