Sunday, February 20, 2011

Lady Chatterley's Lover

Today we discussed Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence. To quote one of our members' husbands: "His foreplay is kinda rapey."

That is pretty much the consensus among the ladies, that this bodice-ripper was definitely written by a man -- one who appears to scorn sexual aggression in women but celebrates it in men. Couple that with the political messages behind the book that the post-WWI British intellectual is impotent and the class struggle would bring down the country, it makes for a very interesting read. He also likes to talk a lot about the wonders of the penis. He may have spent more time thinking about penis than he did class warfare in the wake of Bolshevism.

If you were unable to make the meeting and would like to comment on the book, feel free!

The next book will be The White Tiger: A Novel by Aravind Adiga. A synopsis is as follows:

"In this darkly comic début novel set in India, Balram, a chauffeur, murders his employer, justifying his crime as the act of a "social entrepreneur." In a series of letters to the Premier of China, in anticipation of the leader’s upcoming visit to Balram’s homeland, the chauffeur recounts his transformation from an honest, hardworking boy growing up in "the Darkness"—those areas of rural India where education and electricity are equally scarce, and where villagers banter about local elections "like eunuchs discussing the Kama Sutra"—to a determined killer. He places the blame for his rage squarely on the avarice of the Indian élite, among whom bribes are commonplace, and who perpetuate a system in which many are sacrificed to the whims of a few. Adiga’s message isn’t subtle or novel, but Balram’s appealingly sardonic voice and acute observations of the social order are both winning and unsettling."

The meeting will be held on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 1pm, in Frankfort, Kentucky.

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