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I remember having to read Women in Love for a course and I had to exert all my self-control not to hurl it at the wall quite a few times. Sons and Lovers was a better read, although I totally agree on your comment about female characters. To give him his due, though, I read his Studies in Classical American Literature and I thoroughly enjoyed those. Having studied American Literature, they made me howl with laughter at times (he can be very mean, but quite witty with it), and at others nod. Not that I agreed with everything, but it was totally different. I've read one or two of his shorter stories and although they can be interesting, the issue with the female characters is still there.
BrokenTune 2 years ago
Thanks. That's really helpful even if it is a little discouraging. I have The Rainbow, Women in Love and some of the short stories on my shelves, so thought I'd try The Rainbow next, then make a call whether to go for the sequel and the short stories.
It sounds like his criticism should have been the work to pick up. I'll see if the library has it.

What course did you read Women in Love for?
A Voracious Reader 2 years ago
I listened to the audio years ago when I was delivering the newspaper and I remember thinking it was crap and wondering why everyone raves about it. Blerg
BrokenTune 2 years ago
I have a feeling that this books owes all of its ability to stay on lists of notable books/classics to read to the trial. The trial is the best thing that could have happened to the book. I also bet it's one of those classics that people who are able to name haven't actually read.