Title: Lady Chatterley's Lover Author: D. H. Lawrence Genre: Romance Publisher: Tipografia Giuntina
I was walking by a bookstore at Chennai and obviously, I was fiddling with the books. I went to the ‘Classic Book’ section, I have a fascination for them, and I saw Lady Chatterley’s Lover sitting by the side. I at once bought it as I never had the copy and wanted one. Thus my journey with Lady Chatterley started from there.
“A woman has to live her life, or live to repent not having lived it.”
The story is about a young married woman named Constance Reid, married to a upper-class man, Sir Clifford Chatterley who is a handsome and well-built man but becomes paralyzed waist down after the Great War. Sir Chatterley has always neglected Lady Chatterley’s emotional needs and plus his physical limitations all the more forced them to distance from each other. All these frustrations lead her to have an affair with Oliver Mellors but the class difference between Oliver and Lady Chatterley creates a major twist at the entire plot of the book.
“Perhaps only people who are capable of real togetherness have that look of being alone in the universe”
The entire book talks about the class difference between Oliver and Lady Chatterley and it was a major highlight of the book. The dominance of ‘intellectuals’ over the ‘working class’ is portrayed in an unfair manner. ‘Love’ and ‘Martial Relation’ are the two binding glue of the entire novel. The book basically revolves around many different genres of relationship. Oliver Mellor’s troubled marriage where her wife deprives him of pleasure, Tommy Duke’s tussle for a woman who is intellectual as well as desirable. And unlike all these ‘man-woman’ relationships, another relation which can be noticed is the ‘maternal’ relation between Sir Clifford and Mrs. Bolton, his caring nurse, and Lady Chatterley leaves him. As Lady Chatterley believes that love can only happen with the element of the body, not the mind.
“Lady Chatterley’s Lover” is a very nice book and for all the book lovers out there, it should be given a look. D. H. Lawrence has like always created a masterpiece. I think how can such a contemporary story be written such a long time back. It is a beautiful book, it does give a glimpse of the ‘upper-class’ lifestyle.