Posted by: Bruce | December 30, 2020

Lockdown, libraries and Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

When NSW went into Covid-19 lockdown this year, the doors of many businesses and services were closed including my local library. I don’t watch a lot of telly and have books from the library to keep me entertained. The closing caught me out a little but I had enough for a month or two; maybe longer if I read s l o w l y.

At days end, after a shower and hitting the sack, I look forward to a little escapism before lights out, usually around midnight. Even with my eyes shut I’ll still try to read for 10 minutes.

As lockdown continued, the library books were done. I looked at my book shelf for the next and chose Lady Chatterley’s Lover. I’ve read it twice; once as a young shaver in my second or third year of high school and again only a year or two ago. I didn’t intend reading it again but went to the end of the novel where some history and comments occupied me for a little while.

It was here, in the comments section, that had me thinking about the late 1920’s when this book, by D.H. Lawrence, was published. It was pretty hot for its time (ruled obscene) and banned for about 35 years. I suppose it was about 3 or 4 shades of grey compared to the more modern Fifty Shades of Grey (2011) or a waltz versus Last Tango in Paris (1972). Sons and Lovers by D.H. Lawrence in 1913 was also said by some to be an obscenity. Having read both books twice, I found neither to be obscene but preferred Sons and Lovers.

The comments also had me thinking about social media, in particular Twitter, to which my blog is linked (to spread my fame). Twitter has lots of news and comments. The news media keeps Twitter in the state of ‘The Sky is Falling’ with never ending ‘BREAKING’ bad news. Individual comments, wide and varied, are made by ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’. And some of them are really ugly. So, lights out I pondered on a few things;

  • It’s easier to impress a younger mind with something of little substance
  • Lady Chatterley’s Lover is almost a fairy tale compared to Last Tango in Paris (an empty, soft porn movie)
  • The gutter language in current social media by men and women (Ladies don’t swear, do they?)
  • The bravery or futility of a writer expressing his knowledge of how women think (I’ve given up)
  • I like the comments by wordsmiths
  • I prefer reading books, not screens.

Words for today; Some things change, some stay the same.

More to come; same blog time, same blog channel – next post


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  1. Never got round to reading Lady Chatterly’s Lover. Is it worth it my giving it a go now, Bruce? Checked out your bookshelf, read most of those classics. Do you read electronic books?
    PS I’m picturing you as a young shaver. 😘

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    • If you’ve read Nicholas Nickleby Mary (I haven’t) then Lady Chatterley’s Lover would be a quick romp for you. I think if you are curious about the book then give it a go. Might be at your library or pretty reasonable through the Book Depository. I don’t read e-books Mary. One day I might have to but until then….. I’ll have to make another post Mary and a very long one at that. You must be a speed reader but I’m glad you did.

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      • I haven’t given up hard copies, Bruce. But carrying around the book I was reading (on buses, trains and trams) and the next one, just in case, was cumbersome. I now carry about an electronic library. friends who used to give me book vouchers for my birthday now give me iTunes cards. And there are lots of out of copyright books to download.

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      • I can see the advantages Mary especially the way you have described it. One day perhaps but hard copy is still good for me.

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      • You might also like, or prefer, Sons and Lovers Mary. It’s a bit deeper than Lady Chatterley’s Lover in my opinion

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    • I would have been 15 (probably 14) at the most Mary. With a pimple or two. How’s that for a picture?

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      • Most of my friends had zits; seemed to be ga rite of passage. I didn’t, which probably explains why I’m stuck in the past.

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  2. You were lucky to miss out on zits (haven’t read that for a while Mary), I had my share for quite a few years and hated them. I don’t think missing zits has you stuck in past. I spend a fair bit of time there myself! Probably unhealthy but we are a sum of past to present.

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