Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

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Perhaps no other of the world’s great writers lived and wrote with the passionate intensity of D. H. Lawrence. And perhaps no other of his books so explores the mysteries between men and women–both sensual and intellectual–as Women in Love. Written in the years before and during World War I in a heat of great energy, and criticized for its exploration of human sexuality, the book is filled with symbolism and poetry–and is compulsively readable. It opens with sisters Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, characters who also appeared in The Rainbow, discussing marriage, then walking through a haunting landscape ruined by coal mines, smoking factories, and sooty dwellings. Soon Gudrun will choose Gerald, the icily handsome mining industrialist, as her lover; Ursula will become involved with Birkin, a school inspector–and an erotic interweaving of souls and bodies begins. One couple will find love, the other death, in Lawrence’s lush, powerfully crafted fifth novel, one of his masterpieces and the work that may best convey his beliefs about sex, love, and humankind’s ongoing struggle between the forces of destruction and life.

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The 152nd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 24th on 20th Century's Greatest Hits: 100 English-Language Books of Fiction (Larry McCaffery)
  2. - 28th on The Novel 100: A Ranking of the Greatest Novels of All Time (The Novel 100)
  3. - 31st on 100 Best Books (Montana State University)
  4. - 34th on D. G. Myers’ 50 Greatest English Language Novels (D. G. Myers)
  5. - 38th on In Which These Are the 100 Greatest Novels (ThisRecording.com)
  6. - 49th on The Modern Library | 100 Best Novels (Modern Library)
  7. - 75th on The 100 Greatest British Novels (BBC)
  8. - 75th on Radcliffe's 100 Best Novels (Radcliffe Publishing Course)
  9. - How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Reading List (Thomas C. Foster)
  10. - The New Lifetime Reading Plan (The New Lifetime Reading Plan)

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