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Saturday, October 21, 2006

We Loved Women in Love

Women in Love, the classic by D.H. Lawrence, was a great book for discussion! Of course, it has been discussed and written about regularly since it’s publication. We decided there are probably still college courses devoted to D.H. Lawrence! We got into some of the themes of the book, such as Lawrence as visionary foreshadowing the women’s liberation movement vs Lawrence as a male chauvinist. Reasons for Gerald’s going off into the snow were discussed. The discussion brought out differences between the British social class system and Americans’ espousing of equality. We agreed that Lawrence was a great writer and that he created characters with depth. Nora gave us some history of D.H. Lawrence and Patty emailed some more, and it was in the historical context of Lawrence’s life and times that we mostly discussed the characters. Although the book is still interesting to read, the general feeling was that it is dated in many ways. The characters’ abilities to become deeply engrossed in minor details of their lives and relationships seemed to contrast with today’s speedy society in which we don’t have time for such luxuries and accept each others foibles rather than obsessing over them.

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