First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
“Ours is essentially a tragic age, so we refuse to take it tragically. The cataclysm has happened, we are among the ruins, we start to build up new little habitats, to have new little hopes. It is rather hard work: there is now no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles. We’ve got to live, no matter how many skies have fallen.”
Interested? Keep reading to find out which book this is from.
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
What it’s about:
Lyric and sensual, D.H. Lawrence’s last novel is one of the major works of fiction of the twentieth century. Filled with scenes of intimate beauty, explores the emotions of a lonely
woman trapped in a sterile marriage and her growing love for the robust gamekeeper of her husband’s estate. The most controversial of Lawrence’s books, Lady Chatterly’s Lover joyously affirms the author’s vision of individual regeneration through sexual love. The book’s power, complexity, and psychological intricacy make this a completely original work–a triumph of passion, an erotic celebration of life.
This is what I’m reading right now, after having it on my TBR forever. It was never really high on my list, but when I found the Word Cloud Classics edition, I couldn’t resist buying it. (If you haven’t seen these editions in person, they’re lovely, but the type is a bit small for my liking.) This book made it onto my radar when I was looking into banned and censored books, and it’s my first D.H. Lawrence novel. Back in the day, when it was first published, it made quite a stir for it’s explicit content and was banned and labeled as pornography in the US and England (possibly more places, but I’m too lazy to google it right now). It’s fairly tame by current standards, I guess, but I can already see (40 pages in) why it was such a big deal in the 1920s.