Lady Chatterley's Lover (excerpt), by D.H. Lawrence (read by Xe Sands) by Xe Sands published on 2012/10/05 04:43:52 +0000 GOING PUBLIC 10.5.12 - BANNED BOOKS WEEK EDITION Excerpt from Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence ...beginning with commentary from D.H. Lawrence A couple weeks back, the lovely and talented Lorelei King tweeted a Huffington Post UK piece called, "50 Shades of Put It Away: The Worst Book Sex Scenes Ever" - http://huff.to/QMYA53 And as I was cruising through the list, smiling here and there, cringing OFTEN, I was pulled up short by No. 29: "Burning out the shames, the deepest, oldest shames, in the most secret places. It cost her an effort to let him have his way and his will of her. She had to be a passive, consenting thing, like a slave, a physical slave. Yet the passion licked round her, consuming, and when the sensual flame of it pressed through her bowels and breast, she really thought she was dying: yet a poignant, marvelous death." Oh HELL no...now you just back the truck back up there, HuffPo...you did not just throw down the gauntlet on a D.H. Lawrence bit, did you? DID YOU? Well that simply could not stand. Of course it couldn't. Not that CHATTERLEY features the greatest sexy times, because many of them are just not all that sensually described (David Herbert had issues and an agenda, you know)...but I happen to actually *like* that particular bit. So fast forward to this week, which is Banned Books Week (more info: http://bit.ly/SGPu9o), during which I try to record a snippet of CHATTERLEY, just to be ornery, and just knew I had to record this particular bit to try and prove HuffPo wrong. So what if I recorded it last year...I knew I could do BETTER. The exquisite graphic matches my copy of The Unexpurgated 1928 Orioli Edition. The quotation at the beginning is taken from Lawrence's commentary on the novel. Originally published in 1928 in Florence, when finally published in its entirely in Britain, it was immediately subject to trial under the 1959 Obscene Publications Act (in which Penguin Books prevailed). The book has been banned in at least 8 countries, mostly for sexual content and prevalent use of profanity (words unprintable in 1928).