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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (868 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: D. H. Lawrence Narrator: Margaret Hilton Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2013 ISBN: 9781470325299
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In a claustrophobic household, oppressed by her blind, toad-like grandmother and a cowardly, conventional father, Yvette’s exuberance seems doomed to suppression. But meeting a gypsy awakens unfamiliar emotions in her, making her challenge the family’s accepted morality. As she wavers between conformity and rebellion, a flash flood threatens her home, her world and her life. This short novel deals with all the major themes of sexuality and identity that made Lawrence one of the most original and influential writers of the twentieth century; and it is a satirical, atmospheric, moving and surprising masterpiece.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michalle | 2/18/2014

    " What I realized when I finished the book was that the whole thing was building to the last line, and the payoff of the last line was absolutely incredible. The Eastwoods were really fascinating characters, quite original (to me). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anurja | 2/9/2014

    " Essence of the novel stays a long time with me. Remakable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dottie | 2/6/2014

    " These stories made me a D. H. Lawrence fan and no, I have not yet read the "big" D. H. Lawrence books. That doesn't mean I'm not a fan. Yes, I enjoyed this slim volume that much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D.M. | 12/31/2013

    " I had absolutely no expectations from this collection of short stories, and now I have nearly no idea what to say about them. I wasn't disappointed by any of these tales, and feel like the last one ('The Woman Who Rode Away') was the most powerful. If I were any kind of decent reviewer, I'd go through each one of the stories and discuss them, but I just don't have that kind of time. I'll say that the persistent theme throughout all these unconnected pieces seemed to be the infeasibility of marriage. Whether it's a man or woman, someone ends up disappointed to some degree with the wedded life here. Maybe a bleaker outlook toward monogamy would help enjoy these stories, but they do stand well even without it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 12/23/2013

    " Intriguing - but lacking, somehow. I enjoyed the characters and the writing, but the ending felt horribly anti-climatic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberley Sorrells | 12/17/2013

    " Nothing but nonsense. I'd say it's hard to follow, but there's nothing to follow. Also a bit lewd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miranda | 12/17/2013

    " A little gem of a story by the always delightfully debauched Lawrence. He really lets his anger and frustration at the general repression of his sexual urges as dictated by society seethe in this one, one of the last things he wrote I believe. And there's the usual dichotomy between society/authority and nature/desire, but laid out very concisely. If you need a jumping off point for Lady Chatterly's Lover/Lawrence this is a good novella to start with. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael Edwards | 10/28/2013

    " Made a self reccomendation to try D.H Lawrence based on something I read in another novel. Boy was it disappointing. The book is complete rubbish..and poorly written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 9/20/2013

    " Very enjoyable - I do like Lawrence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sweet | 9/11/2013

    " read it in arabic. nice love story. and good end. and the clue of these story is special abut the first confused love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sukesha Dutta | 9/2/2013

    " love is sometimes forbidden....it is not always about fulfilment...I'm violently in love with it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sindy | 8/5/2013

    " interesting, however i kept finding myself waiting for sometiming more to happen. but the fact that nothing did kept me reading more and more..and thats why i say INTERESTING!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 6/11/2013

    " Loved the book. This is for any woman who has had to curb her natural urge to go against the grain. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 4/13/2013

    " D.H. Lawrence can kiss my ass! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/1/2013

    " A quick, but good read. Just read it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ickis Mirolo | 11/28/2012

    " Reads like a low-budget Sunday afternoon TV film and has undoubtedly been made into one many times over. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sars | 10/4/2012

    " To be honest I never finished this book of short stories. While many held promise the way they ended without resolution annoyed me and I found reading this book a chore more than an enjoyment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esteban | 5/2/2012

    " Enjoyable short read with an interesting ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Rylie | 1/1/2012

    " After this tale, i'll sure read more of D. H. Lawrence. Loved his writting skills and ability to keep you interested all along the way. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Divine-Asia | 10/21/2011

    " Not a fan of this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donnamira | 10/10/2011

    " D.H. Lawrence is the master of psychoanalysis. Though he hated Freud and the likes of him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Osama | 9/4/2011

    " a novel you do not get bored reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 6/28/2011

    " Intriguing - but lacking, somehow. I enjoyed the characters and the writing, but the ending felt horribly anti-climatic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 6/6/2011

    " Not the cover of the paperback I read. Oh well... This one doesn't stick in the
    mind very well. I only recall that it was interesting enough for me to finish it.
    I don't really recall any love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anurja | 5/31/2011

    " Essence of the novel stays a long time with me. Remakable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sukesha | 5/27/2011

    " love is sometimes forbidden....it is not always about fulfilment...I'm violently in love with it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathryn | 4/12/2011

    " It's been a while since I've read anything "classic" and it strikes me that D.H. Lawrence tells the story with all the things he leaves out as much as what he describes... I like the simplicity of the language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Af | 3/19/2011

    " Very funny. Half the dialogue reads like Winnie-the-Pooh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 1/12/2011

    " Very enjoyable - I do like Lawrence. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sweet | 12/15/2010

    " read it in arabic. nice love story. and good end. and the clue of these story is special abut the first confused love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/11/2010

    "
    After this tale, i'll sure read more of D. H. Lawrence. Loved his writting skills and ability to keep you interested all along the way.

    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 1/26/2010

    " Deft and defying. This book blends surrealism and magic almost uninterruptedly with the complexity of emotions and life. I <3 it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/22/2010

    " Loved the book. This is for any woman who has had to curb her natural urge to go against the grain. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/30/2009

    " One I read some time ago, probably a decade past, at my uncle's house over the holidays, hence my noting it here.

    The more interesting, general question is: what books have we read, but that we have forgotten entirely? Were they so average? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donnamira | 9/19/2009

    " D.H. Lawrence is the master of psychoanalysis. Though he hated Freud and the likes of him. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michael | 5/7/2009

    " Made a self reccomendation to try D.H Lawrence based on something I read in another novel. Boy was it disappointing. The book is complete rubbish..and poorly written. "

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About the Author

David Herbert Lawrence (1885–1930), novelist, short-story writer, poet, critic, playwright, and essayist, was one of the most important and controversial figures of twentieth-century English literature. His works confront the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialization and are notable for their passionate intensity and for a sensuality that centers on the erotic. Though his opinions earned him enemies, persecution, and censorship during his lifetime, he is now recognized as an artistic visionary.