Banned Books Week starts September 24, and that's this coming Friday. An online friend and I plan to read Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence, first published in 1928. For me it's a re-read, so even if I fail to finish it, I'll be able to discuss the book. The discussion here will last at least a month, as long as there's any interest.
Just so you know, there are sexually explicit scenes, which is why the book was banned in the United Kingdom until 1960 and, thus, first published in Italy. (I read the "complete, unexpurgated" version in the United States in the early 1970s.) Constance, the Lady Chatterley of the title, is a young married woman whose husband, Clifford, has been paralyzed and rendered impotent. Her sexual frustration leads her to have an affair with the gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS (choose one at a time, in any order)
1. What do you think of Lady Chatterley? the gamekeeper? the husband? the situation?
2. Edwin Muir said about D. H. Lawrence that “we remember the scenes in his novels; we forget the names of his men and women. We should not know any of them if we met them in the street.” Do you think this applies in the case of Lady Chatterley’s Lover?
3. Did you notice the nature imagery in the novel?
4. Did you pick up on the theme of resurrection?
5. Do you think the novel is obscene or vulgar?