Originally published in 1928, Lady Chatterley's Lover was banned until 1960 on grounds of obscenity. I can understand that sex (doing it and talking so frankly about it) was a taboo subject then, but in 2022, it's actually pretty demure by comparison to other books that have come out since. Honestly, I expected some steamy scenes. 😅😅
In the book, Constance Chatterley feels trapped in her sexless marriage after her husband Sir Clifford comes back from war an invalid. She soon starts to see other men and in particular her husband's gamekeeper, Oliver Mellors. She starts a passionate affair with him.
What I find interesting about this book is how Constance Chatterley or Connie is portrayed. It surprises me that she shows absolutely no guilt over sleeping with other men. She also seems to be able to separate emotion and affection when she has sex which seems a bit unbelievable because this isn't normally how female characters are portrayed in this era. Is it perhaps because this was written by a male author born in 1885?
We decided to choose this classic for book club. Had it not been for book club, I don't think I would have finished it. I didn't particularly enjoy or dislike the book, but interestingly enough, I found our book club discussion about it very interesting. All's well that ends well, I guess.
Book Club Questions:
What did you think of the book cover?
What did you think of the main characters?
Was there a particular part you enjoyed more than the rest?
Was there a particular part you disliked more than the rest?
What did you think of the writing style?
What is the main theme of the book?
What did you think of the affair Connie had with Michaelis?
What did you think of Ms. Bolton?
What scene would you point out as the pivotal moment in the narrative?
How important was the time period or the setting of the story? Did you think it was accurately portrayed?
Were there any quotes (or passages) that stood out to you? Why?
Were you rooting for the couple to get together all along? Why or why not?
If you could talk to the author, what burning question would you want to ask?
Were you satisfied with the ending?
What do you think will happen next to the main characters?
What's your favorite classic novel? 😀