First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover was inspired by the long-standing affair between Frieda, Lawrence’s aristocratic German wife, and an Italian peasant who eventually became her third husband; Lawrence’s struggle with sexual impotence; and the circumstances of his and Frieda’s courtship and the early years of their marriage.
Constance Chatterley, married to an aristocrat and mine owner whose war wounds have left him paralyzed and impotent, has an affair with Mellors, a gamekeeper, becomes pregnant, and considers abandoning her husband. One of the seminal class novels of the century, it was considered flagrantly pornographic when first published in 1928. The book also exists in two other completely different versions: The Lady Chatterley and John Thomas and Lady Jane. Lawrence considered Lady Chatterley’s Lover to be definitive, and one least likely to be prosecuted, and although its early banning proved him wrong, a famous obscenity trial some three decades after his death in 1930 finally cleared it for wider dissemination.
I have been having a relatively slow reading month. My work has been occupying majority of my time; I have been working even on weekends. Oh the demands of having a career! The past four weeks has been very tedious and I am still looking for that proverbial light at the end of the tunnel; I sure hope I reach it soon.
Anyway, as it is Friday, it is also time for another First Impression Friday post. I am currently reading D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, just my third novel for the month. Yes, it is a very measly count but I am taking things slowly I guess. One of the books listed as 1,001 Books You Must Read Before You Die Lady Chatterley’s Lover is my first venture into the works of British writer David Herbert Lawrence.
From the synopsis, one can surmise that Lady Chatterley’s Lover has biographical elements as it takes inspiration from Lawrence’s own circumstances. The titular Lady Chatterley is the former Miss Reid, Constance. She married Sir Clifford Chatterley before Sir Chatterley went to join the war. Although Sir Chatterley has survived the war, he survived it wounded, paralyzed from the waist down.
I haven’t made any significant progress yet. I am still stuck in the first parts of the book where I am getting acquainted with the main characters, in particular, Lady Chatterley herself. So far, there seems to be very little conversation and I am relying mostly on Lawrence’s descriptions. I did notice, however, that Lawrence does have a strong language. At times, the writing veers towards the philosophical.
First impression? I am still basically testing the water. Some say that the plot itself is simple (I do get that as well) and some had difficulties unraveling the text. I am, however, interested in learning how it relates to the author’s story. Moreover, I want to understand the intrigue that surrounded the book upon its first publication. Lady Chatterley’s Lover does have a very lowly average rating in Goodreads but I am not letting that dictate how I will move forward with the novel. I hope I get to complete reading it over the weekend!
How about you fellow reader, what book are you going to read this weekend? I hope it is a book that you’ve been looking forward to and I hope you enjoy it. Keep safe, and happy weekend!