By D. H. Lawrence
One of the best of twentieth-century novelists and poets, D. H. Lawrence wrote and lived with a passionate depth that stunned his contemporaries. Lawrence composed Women in Love whereas on the peak of his powers, and certainly, in its mixture of lyricism, mental revelation, and an eroticism that's by no means very faraway from violence, it could possibly nonetheless startle or even discomfit readers.
In this tale of 2 very unconventional sisters, Ursula and Gudrun Brangwen, and the boys they love, Lawrence argues urgently for a brand new conjunction among guy and lady as "two natural beings, every one constituting the liberty of the other." The ardent fight of human souls getting into being, and into courting with each other, is on the middle of Women in Love, and this wrenching, occasionally painful, completely exhilarating approach is brilliantly illuminated in Lawrence's masterpiece.
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