No book should be banned. Having said that, this book is the most scandalous writing I’ve encountered after Lolita. The protagonist of this D. H. Lawrence novel is Lady Chatterley, a newly married young woman, whose upper-class husband has been paralyzed and rendered impotent. Her sexual frustration leads her into an affair with the gamekeeper of their estate. This novel is about Constance’s realisation that she cannot live with the mind alone; she must also be alive physically.
She feels that her husband has become passionless and empty. He is portrayed as a weak, vain man, displaying a patronising attitude toward his supposed inferiors. He soullessly pursues money and fame through industry and the meaningless manipulation of words. His impotence is symbolic of his failings as a strong, sensual man. The contrasting character of Mellors is one rooted in deep-seated sensuality, the knowledge of a woman’s body and her needs, and of a strong and sultry man.
The reason why this book was banned was not because of the usage of words like ‘cunt’ or ‘fuck’ freely throughout, but because the book acknowledged a woman’s physical and sexual needs. In the early ‘90s of pretentious upper-class men who kept mistresses despite having wives, this book turned those tables. That is why this book was banned. That is why it had to be un-banned eventually.
This is a beautiful but heavy book. There are multiple layers to every character and if one wants to truly understand the connotations, one must really concentrate. And yes, take it in spirit so as not to have an upturned nose at the end.
Quote: “It was not the passion that was new to her, it was the yearning adoration. She knew she had always feared it, for it left her helpless; she feared it still, lest if she adored him too much, then she would lose herself, become effaced, and she did not want to be effaced, a slave, like a savage woman. She must not become a slave. She feared her adoration, yet she would not at once fight against it.”