The first few chapters of this book are very slow going. I almost gave up. It did start to pick up in the third chapter though. The first two chapters are more in an introduction to the characters and what the story is going to be about. The author does a good job of telling a story from a women perspective. It’s interesting to read what Lady Chatterley thinks about men and sexual situations, and the sexual situations she enters into, which is basically what this book is basically about. This book is classified as erotica, but I had a hard time finding the erotic part. It was written in 1928, so what they found scandalous to write about then is very different from what we find scandalous now. There were a few parts with intimate details, but nothing super dirty.
Lady Chatterley’s husband has been left crippled from the war so they are no longer able to physically interact, which leads her to cheat, and him to tell her to have another mans baby. They have interesting and intellectual conversations with Clifford’s friends and just between the two of them. She helps him write his stories. Later on her husband agrees to have a nurse come in to take care of him. He and the nurse grow close. Mrs. Bolton is a women of gossip. She talks forever about absolutely nothing. I had a harder time reading her than the first two, very slow, chapters. There’s more to her though, that we later learn. She was once married and had a stillborn child. Her husband died when they were young. She gets better as the story progress. Clifford, however, gets more annoying.
Throughout the story, Lady Chatterley is utterly unhappy with most everything that happens. She is offended and bothered by most of the things the other characters say and do. She is not a very happy person, nor is she easy to please. She is a little easier to understand later in the story, but for the most part she seems miserable.
She has an affair at the beginning of the story with a man her husband can’t stand. The next affair she has is with the games keeper. The author goes more into the details of when and where for this affair, since it lasts most of the book. He also gets into the details of how and what they are actually doing, into the emotions and thoughts of the charaters. Mrs. Bolton gets suspisious of this affair. Clifford also feels uneasy during the course of it. Connie finds herseslf wanting to have the gamekeepers child and goes on a trip to Venice for the look of a love affair, to prevent Clifford from ever knowing who the real father is. She then lies about the father before telling the truth.
The writing style of this book is definitely older than what I used to reading. Since it was published almost a hundred years ago, that is to be expected. There are some phrases that are hard to understand until they are read a few times, but for the most part it was an enjoyable read. The author did a decent job writing from a womans perspective. It was fairly believable. This book was an interesting read, varying from the absolute most boring writting to a cute love story in the middle of secrets and drama. I would suggest this to someone who enjoys classics, love stories, and historical books. Definitely glad I read it.
Next up: ‘Someone Else’s Love Story’ by Joshilyn Jackson