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Women in Love free read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook É ➣ [Epub] ➝ Women in Love By D.H. Lawrence ➭ – Helpyouantib.co.uk Widely regarded as D H Lawrence's greatest novel Women in Love is both a lucid account of English society before the First World War and a brilliant evocation of the inexorable power of humAtionships Ursula's with Rupert Birkin a school inspector and Gudrun's with industrialist Gerald Crich and later with a sculptor Loerke uintessentially modernist Women in Love is one of Lawrence's most extraordinary innovative and unsettling works. “But better die than live mechanically a life that is a repetition of repetitions” Women in Love 1920 is a novel by British author D H Lawrence a seuel to his earlier novel The Rainbow 1915 following the continuing loves and lives of the Brangwen sisters Gudrun and Ursula Gudrun Brangwen an artist pursues a destructive relationship with Gerald Crich an industrialist Gerald will inherit a colliery and since coal mining takes a hit in The Rainbow as an emblem of industrialization’s defiling of natural midland England we really struggle to see how this relationship between art and coal could possibly work “They would never be together Ah this awful inhuman distance which would always be interposed between her and the other being There was nothing to do but to lie still and endure She felt an overwhelming tenderness for him and a dark under stirring of jealous hatred that he should lie so perfect and immune in an other world whilst she was tormented with violent wakefulness cast out in the outer darkness”Lawrence contrasts this pair with teacher Ursula Brangwen and Rupert Birkin an alienated intellectual who articulates many of the opinions on men and women love and democracy associated with the author LawrenceBirkin and Ursula debate for hours the nature of love on this kind of near Buddhist “unknowing” level“You've got to lapse out before you can know what sensual reality is lapse into unkowingness and give up your volition You've got to learn not to be before you can come into being”Or“I want to be gone out of myself and you to be lost to yourself so we are found different” But this battle to define love also has sweetness in it“They looked at each other and laughed then looked away filled with darkness and secrecy Then they kissed and remembered the magnificence of the night It was so magnificent such an inheritance of a universe of dark reality that they were afraid to seem to remember”Gerald and Rupert also have a strong attraction to each other There’s a naked wrestling scene evidence of Birkin’s feeling that he needs an intense—though different—love of a man as much as he needs the love of a woman Intense is the order of the day always for each of these peopleMuch of the novel is anguished overheated talk founded in powerful or if you choose just overwrought youthful psychological and physical attractions And they repel each other too or maybe it is best to describe them all as colliding with each other in love so intense it is on the edge of hate Lots of fighting sometimes leading to tenderness Most of the action such as it is happens in England and concludes on holiday for the foursome and a few other characters woven in and out in the Tyrolean Alps This is Lawrence’s favorite of all his novels and the one most drawing on his life Ursula's character based on Lawrence's wife Frieda and Gudrun's on Katherine Mansfield while Rupert Birkin's has elements of Lawrence himself and Gerald Crich is partly based on Mansfield's husband John Middleton Murry As we know from The Rainbow Ursula is a schoolteacher Gudrun a painter Early on they establish that men and love are superfluous Then Ursula meets Birkin and they proceed to a tempestuous raging relationship eual parts heat and light Also early on the two best and uite different friends Rupert and Gerald have a similar conversation about women and love as superfluous but then Gerald sees Gudrun and they eventually develop a relationship a case of opposites attracting There’s heat again but less light and the heat that is generated between them is that such as draws a moth to the flame The two couples take a holiday together in the Alps where Ursula and Birkin resolve some of their basic differences and Gudrun and Gerald decidedly do not resolve their differences I love you I hate you I’ll be destroyed by you I’ll destroy you So much a struggle of wills And then a dramatic conclusion in the snows of the Alps It sounds here like I am not liking it but Lawrence writes so passionately you either have to laugh and throw this across the room or you must embrace him that passionate loveheat thing seems to apply to his readers too and I seem to have fallen into bed with him or replace with wrestling metaphor here but you get the pointA 20 second clip from Ken Russell’s 1969 film adaptation which made a through line of romantic celebration Woodstock was 1969 from Lawrence to the sixtes; Glenda Jackson won the Academy Award for her portrayal of Gudrun scenes Gerald’s trying to force his mare to stay close to a passing train to assert his dominance over it torturing it bloody it in the process This is cruel Gerald control freak the very image of the very male boss who must dominate master in an assertion of power and strength Gudrun the artist sees this is nevertheless confusedly attracted to him he's a rich and powerful and repellent alpha male in the way of bad boy romances though she also fears he will dominate and possibly “destroy” her willGerald’s father the owner of the coal mine dying refusing to give in to the dying of the light produces some small but important vulnerability in Gerald that leads him in the middle of the night to sneak into Gudrun’s house and bed We have hope for him and them on this nightGudrun running and dancing among the cattle the nature childBirkin asking for Ursula’s hand in marriage unplanned before Ursula’s traditionalist father which ignites a weeks long struggle before she comes to her final decisionSimone de Beauvoir said of the novel that it was phallocentric but I—okay I’m a male—saw of a balance in the struggle between men and women Ursula and Gudrun are the strongest voices and spirits in the story in spite of a certain male power that is present Women assert themselves against male dominance and find their voices and control over their bodies in my reading They get what they want they don't accept what is not good for them“She was not herself she was not anything She was something that is going to be soon soon very soon But as yet she was only imminent” “Women in Love” is a novel of ideas but Lawrence’s lyrical prose is also Expressionistically emotional supercharged with erotic energy It took a while to heat up this novel of his twenties and the twenties of these four young people but I finally fell in love with it again Maybe it was the mid point of the book where it had its hooks in me when they seem to all give in to each other and have fun for a time dancing boating with long wine soaked conversations Like The Rainbow which I actually liked better with its primeval depictions of working class England Women in Love challenged Victorian conceptions of sexuality It was great to return to it after than 4 decades I can certainly see how Lawrence might be disliked for all the too emotional writing but for me it perfectly captures the late sixties and early seventies counter cultural focus on freedom imagining as it begins to do alternate conceptions to mainstream industrialcorporate society hey communesAnd sometimes the prose can be lyrical and lovely and soft“A dozen or boats on the lake swung their rosy and moon–like lanterns low on the water that reflected as from a fire In the distance the steamer twanged and thrummed and washed with her faintly–splashing paddles trailing her strings of coloured lights and occasionally lighting up the whole scene luridly with an effusion of fireworks Roman candles and sheafs of stars and other simple effects illuminating the surface of the water and showing the boats creeping round low down Then the lovely darkness fell again the lanterns and the little threaded lights glimmered softly there was a muffled knocking of oars and a waving of music”A 5 minute scene from Women in Love by Ken Russell

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Ff with the third generation of Brangwens Ursula Brangwen Women in eBook #232 now a teacher at Beldover a mining town in the Midlands and her sister Gudrun who has returned from art school in London The focus of the novel is primarily on their rel. Ever noticed how many people hate DH Lawrence Often for opposite reasons by the way there are those who condemn his misognyny while others allege him to be too doting of the fair sex Which is it Sometimes he's damned for being too obscene but elsewhere dismissed as overly fussy about flowers and horses He even gets clubbed for creating self absorbed characters just after someone has taken a swipe at him for promoting a harmful ideal of sacrificial love All of these folks can agree that they strongly dislike to read Lawrence's books but from hearing them converse one might almost conclude that the entire group can hardly be discussing the works of a single author The variety of accusations are impossible to reconcileI think it is just this pattern of polarized criticism of his work that ought to point us to the obvious power Lawrence held as a novelist If a single man can provoke simultaneous accusations of depicting egotists and martyrs obscenity and prudery sexism against women and reverence for women then obviously he is hitting his mark in there somewhere as an artist Lawrence's critics might not all reach the same specific conclusions about the dreck they've just endured but they are united in judging him a failureNow there are plenty of worthy theorists whose tidy explanation of these contradictory responses among Lawrence's critics is that they are not in fact contradictory On the contrary these psychologists argue that such disparate elements in Lawrence's writing are unassailable proof not of the man's status as a literary genius but of his latent homosexualityMy two objections are strenuous but almost too obvious to mention First the fact that Lawrence wrote a lot about women love the self and sex proves nothing whatsoever about his being gay It only proves that he was a human and that his particular strategy for facing his complexity as a human was to write books about it I happen to think it a great approach and I find the results to be outstanding and insightful So I'm happy he turned his feelings and thoughts into novels Others however will stick to the view that he would have been better off at a gay barThe second problem with this dismissive response to Lawrence is that it doesn't answer the original uestion how is it that Lawrence's critics say such opposite things when they complain about him and so vociferously To call him gay will never do because simply to accuse a writer of being gay does nothing to explain how he can bring about this sharp contrast in opinionsI think the truth is that Lawrence is guilty of all of the seemingly dichotomous charges being laid at his feet But what has caused such alarm in others is a cause of tremendous joy in me If you couldn't already tell I'm a Lawrence fan I love his books and especially this one Sons and Lovers is also brilliant It is full of beautifully made scenes in which you can actually feel the orchestrated and opposing emotions and thoughts of two different characters at the same time Often these are scenes of disagreement between lovers between sisters and between best friends As I read I was pulling for everyone because everyone is sympatheticLawrence's descriptions of nature are often so powerful because of the barely restrained beauty of his objects and because just as you are beginning to enjoy the ride violence spills onto the scene and you are swept onto the next chapter The scene where Gerald is trying to impress his girlfriend by riding his horse up to the edge of the train track as the engine flies past is a perfect demonstration of this ability Lawrence posesses The best part of this book is at the end when Gerald dies in the Alps while trying to understand life and then the final mysterious dialogue between the remaining lovers Rupert Birkin and Ursula Brangwen Read the book

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Women in LoveWidely regarded as D H Lawrence's greatest novel Women in Love is both a lucid account of English society before the First World War and a brilliant evocation of the inexorable power of human desire Women in Love continues where The Rainbow left o. I can review this only in relation to its precursor The Rainbow review here My JourneyI went straight from the flames of floral rural passion in The Rainbow to this often brittle discussion of the abstract set in a mechanical age where animals metaphorical and literal are key and death’s shadow hovers hungrily It's beautiful entrancing but also opaue and frustratingI travelled with Ursula from her teenage years in the balmy countryside where people act on their desires to her earnest twenties first in a grimy northern mining town then in the frigid glistening ice of the Tyrollean Alps It’s not such a linear narrative as The Rainbow; a series of episodes chapter lengths vary hugely between 3 and 50 pagesIt seems to ask• Must the rainbow hues leach out of life Gudrun’s ever colourful stocking notwithstanding• Must passion end in death not necessarily the little oneThis is a novel of ideas but I often felt uneual to them There was so much to wrestle with I was stripped bare by the dizzying mix of themes language passions lives and deaths I had to submit to the experience though in a rather different way to The RainbowMy status on finishing was a single word “Eviscerated” Ruminating further a conversation towards the end is pertinent One character tells their partner “It’s over” and the reply is “But it isn’t finished There must be finality” In writing this I think I have found finality I will return to Lawrence thoughLawrence wrote this after Wilde during a war WW1 and before Waugh It has the self consciously clever dialogue of the first and last in the context of warring relationships all conflicted between love and hate artifice and instinct life and death murderous desire evenThe intellectual sparring matches have a theatrical uality as if the protagonists are speaking for posterity Then the audience departs the mask falls and naturalistic passion action and imagery blossoms such as the blissful release for Birkin rolling naked in the primroses “He wanted to touch them all to saturate himself with the touch of them all It was such a fine cool subtle touch all over him he seemed to saturate himself with their contact” The rarer physical assaults lapis wrestling and in the snow have greater visceral power as a resultIt seems to say that whatever persona we try to present however much we try to assert our will a recurring theme we’re all animals underneath AnimalsWhat a carnal carnival of animals this is People are likened to amongst other things smiling wolf hermit crab pouncing hound octopus restless bird “slithering sea lion” “funeral bird feeding on the miseries of the people” small cat dog cockerel bird of paradise rabbit wild animal shrew stallion “hopping flea” fish weasel voice like a gull water spiders horses python “eyes as keen as a hawk” water rat “elegant beetle” seal “eyes blazed like a tiger’s” bat amphibious beast eagle “humble maggot” wearing “startling colours like a macaw” eels various insects and “strange moths”Gudrun’s art typically features animals and birds her friendship with Loerke is kindled by a picture of his statue of a naked girl on a horse and there are actual animals at key points in the story • Ursula and Gudrun watch Gerald violently beat his horse to submission when it is terrified by a train• Gudrun confronts an alarming herd of cattle but finds inner strength and euythmics• A chapter is devoted to Birkin’s cat given to him by Hermione and still part of the power she wields over him• Another chapter is about a vicious pet rabbit called Bismarck that draws blood from Gerald and GudrunPlotThere are four main characters Ursula Brangwen and her sister Gudrun only a year younger They are very close but it’s also fiery relationship Both teach at the grammar school Ursula as a general teacher and Gudrun just art she is really a sculptor has travelled abroad and lived in Bohemian London They become involved with Rupert Birkin a school inspector and Gerald Crich eldest son of a wealthy colliery owner Birkin and Gerald have a deep and conflicted relationship with each other Women in Love or Men in Love The Crich family is large the mother mentally unstable and the father physically declining We know nothing of Birkin’s family The four go to Innsbruck where Loerke a German artist is added to the increasingly toxic mix of relationshipsUrsula and Gudrun are fiercely independent women in thought and deed including their relationships They are not afraid of what other people think The problem is that that often can’t decide what they think and so cannot decide what they should do and not do “His licentiousness was repulsively attractive” and “she was far far from being at ease with him” And yetThe men’s attitudes to women are not as positive or eual At times they’re exploitative at other times women are considered second best albeit decorative and convenient Towards the end I feared Lawrence was going to uash all that and have them either settle for conventionality or suffer for not doing so Recurring ThemesIs it better to look at things as a whole or take them to pieces “I really don’t want to be forced into all this criticism and analysis of life I really do want to see things in their entirety with their beauty left in them” In this review I've opted for the formerIt is set in age of change mechanisation social mobility euality and philanthropy To the father “in Christ he was one with his workmen” but to his son they “were his instruments” and “What mattered was the great social productive machine”Primarily though this is about relationshipsThe types of love relationships and marriage considered and entered into is very broad minded for the time such as “a mutual union in separateness” It also explores howif sex and friendship relate “She had had lovers she had known passion But this was neither love nor passion It was the daughters of men coming back to the sons of God the strange inhuman sons of God”Homosexuality bisexuality and non monogamous relationships suffuse the story It’s not just the famous naked wrestling is far less ambiguous than I expected “I believe in the additional perfect relationship between a man and a man” Later You are enough for me as far as a woman is concerned You are all women to me But I wanted a man friend as eternal as you and I are eternal to make it complete really happy I wanted eternal union with a man too another kind of loveConflict and duality are present in all the main relationships love hate and whose will will triumph violence and coercion too “Always it was this eternal see saw one destroyed that the other might exist one ratified because the other was nulled” Ultimately “One of them must triumph over the other”There is no escape “It was a fight to the death between them or to new life though in what the conflict lay no one could say” and She felt an approaching release a new fountain of life rising up in her Yet underneath was death itself uotes• “A strange enmity very near to love”• “I hate subtleties I always think they are a sign of weakness”• “The lake lay all grey and visionary stretching into the moist translucent vista of trees and meadow”• “It was rather delicious to feel her drawing his self revelation from him And her dark eyes seemed to be looking through into his naked organism She wanted the secret of him the experience of his male being”• “She seemed to become soft subtly to infuse herself into his bones as if she were passing into him in a black electric flow Her being suffused into his veins like a magnetic darkness”• “They always kept a gap a distance between them they wanted always to be free of each other Yet there was a curious heart straining towards each other”• “She seemed to grip the hours by the throat to force her life from them”• “It was a sunny soft morning in early summer when life ran in the world subtly like a reminiscence”• “The heavy gold glamour of approaching sunset lay over all the colliery district and the ugliness overlaid with beauty was like a narcotic to the senses over all the amorphous sualor a kind of magic was cast”• “The broad dialect was curiously caressing to the blood In their voices she could hear the voluptuous resonance of darkness the strong dangerous underworld mindless inhuman They sounded also like strange machines heavily oiled”• “Why should you always be doing” Often I wanted the characters to do doing and less talking• “He saw her face strangely enkindled as if suffused from within by a powerful sweet fire His soul was arrested in wonder She was enkindled in her own living fire Arrested in wonder and in pure perfect attraction he moved towards her”• “On the water lanterns were coming alight faint ghosts of warm flame floating in the pallor of the first twilight The earth was spread with darkness like lacuer overhead was a pale sky all primrose and the lake was pale as milk in one part Away at the landing stage tiniest points of coloured rays were stringing themselves in the dusk All round shadow was gathering from the trees”• Pain “gradually absorbed hi life Gradually it drew away all his potentiality it bled him into the dark it weaned him of life”• “The men were satisfied to belong to the great and wonderful machine even whilst it destroyed themTheir hearts died within them but their souls were satisfied”• “I want you to drop your assertive will I want you to trust yourself so implicitly that you can let yourself go”• “He kissed her softly like dew falling”• “Her father was not a coherent human being he was a roomful of old echoes”• Wrestling “They became accustomed to each other to each other's rhythm they got a kind of mutual physical understandingas if they would break into a oneness working into a tighter closer oneness of struggle with a strange octopus like knotting and flashing of limbs in the subdued light of the room the strange sound of flesh escaping under flesh Often in the white interlaced knot of violent living being that swayed silently there was no head to be seen only the swift tight limbs the solid white backs the physical junction of two bodies clinched into oneness The earth seemed to tilt and sway and a complete darkness was coming over his mind He did not know what happened” • “The talk went on like a rattle of small artillery the continual splatter of verbal jest designed to give a tone of flippancy to a stream of conversation that was all critical and general a canal of conversation rather than a stream The attitude was mental and very wearying”• H's face “There was something of the stupidity and the unenlightened self esteem of a horse in it”• “Her pity for him was as cold as stone its deepest motive was hate of him and fear of his power over her which she must always counterfoil”• “She was like a flower just opened in the rain the heart of the blossom just newly visible seeming to emit a warmth of retained sunshine”• “And now behold from the smitten rock of the man's body from the strange marvellous flanks and thighs deeper further in mystery than the phallic source came the floods of ineffable darkness and ineffable riches”• “She had her desire of him she touched she received the maximum of unspeakable communication in touch dark subtle positively silent a magnificent gift and give again a perfect acceptance and yielding a mystery the immemorial magnificence of mystic palpable real otherness”• “He seemed to be gathering her into himself her warmth her softness her adorable weight drinking in the suffusion of her physical being avidly He lifted her and seemed to pour her into himself like wine into a cup So she relaxed and seemed to melt to flow into him as if she were some infinitely warm and precious suffusion filling into his veins like an intoxicant• “She reached up like Eve reaching to the apples on the tree of knowledge touching his face with her infinitely delicate encroaching wondering fingers Her soul thrilled with complete knowledge This was the glistening forbidden apple this face of a man”• “To know him to gather him in by touch She wanted to touch him and touch him and touch him”• “It was a rather stiff sad meeting like a verification of separateness than a reunion”• “There they sat down folded together folded round with the same rug creeping in nearer and ever nearer to one another till it seemed they had crept right into each other and become one substance”• “His heart went up like a flame of ice”• They “found themselves in a vague unsubstantial outdoors of dim snow and ghosts of an upper world that made strange shadows before the stars It seemed conscious malevolent purposive in its intense murderous coldness”• “The first days passed in an ecstasy of physical motion sleighing skiing skating moving in an intensity of speed and white light that surpassed life itself and carried the souls of the human beings beyond into an inhuman abstraction of velocity and weight and eternal frozen snow”• “It was a fight to the death she knew it now”• “Either the heart would break or cease to care”MoonyOne of my favourite passages from the chapter titled MoonyThrowing stones at the moon’s reflection “Darts of bright light shot asunder darkness swept over the centre There was no moon only a battlefield of broken lights and shadows running close together Shadows dark and heavy struck again and again across the place where the heart of the moon had been obliterating it altogether The white fragments pulsed up and down and could not find where to go apart and brilliant on the water like the petals of a rose that a wind has blown far and wide He saw the moon regathering itself insidiously saw the heart of the rose intertwining vigorously and blindly calling back the scattered fragments winning home the fragments in a pulse and in effort of return” Throw another stone “Flakes of light appeared here and there glittering tormented among the shadows far off in strange places; among the dripping shadow of the willow on the island”Amusing Bafflement• Chapter VI has three references to “inchoate eyes” whatever that means• “He rocked on the water perfectly like the rocking of phosphorescence” Yes he’s in a boat but even so• “Her soul was destroyed with the exuisite shock of his invisible fluid lightning Ah much much many days harvesting for her large yet perfectly subtle and intelligent hands upon the field of his living radio active body” Ugh or LOLPicture sourcesCarpet of primroses colliery peak