Throwback Thursday: Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

Who doesn’t love a scandalous-for-its-time romance that pushes patriarchal and class boundaries (and many others)? And is a little strange at the same time? And focuses on a woman’s needs and pleasure? Sign me up for Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Constance, Lady Chatterley, gets married to an aristocrat just like she’s supposed to. But he returns from the war a different man, both physically (paralyzed from the waist down) and mentally. He has zero interest in her wishes and needs, but rather tries to compensate for his physical limitations by gaining other kinds of power and being a snob.

As she wanders the grounds, she’s drawn to Oliver, the quiet and gruff gamekeeper. And he’s drawn to her…and all those feelings and need for connection and intimacy come rushing back.

Just thinking of how scandalous Lady Chatterley’s Lover was when it was published makes me smile and makes me angry at the same time. Did you know it was banned as porn until 1960? I love how it challenges society on love, sex, class differences, divorce, taking a lover, and experiencing life and pleasure. It leaves any shame behind and unapologetically spurns societal restrictions.

And Lady Chatterley’s Lover not a fairy tale either. There’s awkwardness, unflattering language, bold and frank discussions that aren’t always pretty, lots of tension, imperfect relationships, and deeply flawed characters. It’s an intensely compelling journey, though. Characters push through weirdness and darkness, experience deep connections, find confidantes, and truly grow. It does take a while—it’s not the most action-packed, fast-paced novel—but is well worth it, if for nothing but its revolutionary nature and social commentary.  

Rating: 4.5
Steam: Medium
Themes and Tropes: Social Commentary, Pushing Social Boundaries, Affairs, Class Differences
Pair With: Revolutionary Wines. Consider 19 Crimes Revolutionary Blend or 2019 The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Red Blend.  

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