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Book Title: The Virgin and the Gypsy|
The author of the book: D.H. Lawrence
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Reader ratings: 3.4
Edition: Dodo Press
Date of issue: September 1st 2005
ISBN 13: 9781905432646
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Can someone tell me why DH Lawerence is so well loved as a fiction writer? I am speaking strictly on fiction here as I have not read enough of his poetry to comment on that genre. At this point I've read Sons and Lovers, Lady Chatterly's Lover, and now The Virgin and the Gypsy and I just get mad trying to figure out why people think these books are good. He doesn't really know anything about women, his writing is not "sexy", provokative, endearing, illuminating, or any other emotionally loaded adjective that seems to get associated with his books. In fact, I'm pretty sure he hates women, and while his actual writing style isn't bad per sey, his storytelling ability is far from thrilling, his characters are poorly designed, and his ideas about relationships (while possibly historically defendable)leave me without the slightest inclination to care about these people one way or the other. I don't care if they stay together or break apart or burn in hell, they are awful (and I'm not talking morally). I have now officially given up. I will perhaps in the future start reading his poetry out of my own sheer curiousity, but as for fiction I am done. I know this isn't exactly a review of the book, The Virgin and The Gypsy, but here's some advice-- save yourself three hours (it's a short book, only about 120 pages) and read something COMPELLING or at least something with a story. This book was boring as hell, had no story, the characters were wooden and unimaginative, and I wish that damn flood at the end killed ALL OF THEM including the author for making me sit through 3 hours of bad writing.
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Read information about the authorDavid Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, human sexuality and instinct.
Lawrence's opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his "savage pilgrimage." At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents. E. M. Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as "the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation." Later, the influential Cambridge critic F. R. Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence's fiction within the canonical "great tradition" of the English novel. He is now generally valued as a visionary thinker and a significant representative of modernism in English literature.
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