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Women in Love

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

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1. 01 – Chapter 1 – Sisters
2. 02 – Chapter 2 – Shortlands
3. 03 – Chapter 3 – Classroom
4. 04 – Chapter 4 – Diver
5. 05 – Chapter 5 – In the Train
6. 06 – Chapter 6 – Creme de Menthe
7. 07 – Chapter 7 – Fetish
8. 08 – Chapter 8 – Breadalby, Part 1
9. 09 – Chapter 8 – Breadalby, Part 2
10. 10 – Chapter 9 – Coal-dust
11. 11 – Chapter 10 – Sketch-book
12. 12 – Chapter 11 – An Island
13. 13 – Chapter 12 – Carpeting
14. 14 – Chapter 13 – Mino
15. 15 – Chapter 14 – Water-party Part 1
16. 16 – Chapter 14 – Water-party Part 2
17. 17 – Chapter 15 – Sunday Evening
18. 18 – Chapter 16 – Man to Man
19. 19 – Chapter 17 – The Industrial Magnate Part 1
20. 20 – Chapter 17 – The Industrial Magnate Part 2
21. 21 – Chapter 18 – Rabbit
22. 22 – Chapter 19 – Moony Part 1
23. 23 – Chapter 19 – Moony Part 2
24. 24 – Chapter 20 – Gladiatorial
25. 25 – Chapter 21 – Threshold
26. 26 – Chapter 22 – Woman to Woman
27. 27 – Chapter 23 – Excurse
28. 28 – Chapter 24 – Death and Love
29. 29 – Chapter 24 – Death and Love Part 2
30. 30 – Chapter 25 – Marriage or Not
31. 31 – Chapter 26 – A Chair
32. 32 – Chapter 27 – Flitting
33. 33 – Chapter 28 – Gudrun in the Pompadour
34. 34 – Chapter 29 – Continental Part 1
35. 35 – Chapter 29 – Continental Part 2
36. 36 – Chapter 29 – Continental Part 3
37. 37 – Chapter 29 – Continental Part 4
38. 38 – Chapter 29 – Continental Part 5
39. 39 – Chapter 30 – Snowed Up Part 1
40. 40 – Chapter 30 – Snowed Up Part 2
41. 41 – Chapter 30 – Snowed Up Part 3
42. 42 – Chapter 31 – Exeunt

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Summary

If you have read DH Lawrence's The Rainbow, you'd certainly want to read the sequel, Women in Love. Published in 1920, the two books were originally meant to be a single work, spanning several generations of the Brangwen family, especially the women. However, a complicated publishing history, delays and editorial revisions, followed by the hostile reception and controversies that faced The Rainbow led to a gap of five years between the two books. Yet, by 21st century standards, Women in Love seems almost tame, and modern-day readers may well be bewildered by the amount of criticism it generated among the custodians of morals in an earlier age. The moral backlash prevented many readers from appreciating the true nature and depth of this insightful novel. The plot deals with the continuing saga of the Brangwen sisters, Ursula and Gudrun. Gudrun falls in love with a wealthy industrial tycoon, Gerald Crich while Ursula's heart is captured by a school inspector, Rupert Birkin. However, Birkin is also a passionate and intellectual man, whose unconventional ideas attract Ursula. Spanning the time before and during World War I, Lawrence drew many of the characters from real life. Ursula was based on his own wife, Frieda, while Birkin is a close self-portrait of himself. His friend Katharine Mansfield comes alive as Gudrun and Gerald Crich, her husband John Middleton Murry. Hence, the book is also an invaluable biography of contemporary writers and their lives. Though the book examines physical and emotional love in a frank and fearless way, Lawrence's critics suggested that it was also told from a male chauvinistic point of view. Lawrence was deeply influenced by Freudian psycho-analysis and also by the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. Victorian ideas of a woman's role, her rights and her expectations were undergoing a sea-change at this time. Her desire to work at a job outside the home, earn an independent living and the blurring of social boundaries are other themes that Lawrence felt deeply about and depicts in this book. The conflict between society's conventions and individual desires is another theme that runs through Women in Love. The dawn of the Industrial Revolution was about to change the structure of society forever and we find Lawrence's characters, grappling with changing ideas and vanishing traditions. Women in Love also contains many of the characters who appear in The Rainbow, like Tom, Anna and Billy Brangwen. Tom Brangwen's struggle with the ideas and ways of his unconventional daughters also forms part of the story. An interesting and absorbing read!

Reviews

dg

The characters are all psychopaths, sociopaths, and whatever else demented minds there might be. Listening to this may make one out of you, too. Good reader, though.

Borisse

- Women in Love

Beautifully read! Timeless writing of the great master.

D

Great story and a perfect reading! Definitely worth the listen.