Women In Love

Howard Jacobson – D. H. Lawrence, Women In Love (1920)

A novel that begins in the nineteenth century domestic mode, with two East Midlands sisters discussing their chances of marital happiness, goes on to traverse a perilous European landscape which is at once actual and surreal, of the senses and of the mind, bending language and imagery to tasks never previously performed in the English novel, and ends up sounding notes that recall the desolation of Greek tragedy. More or less contemporaneous with Ulysses, it is less formally radical but more emotionally daring.

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