D.H. Lawrence finished "Lady Chatterley's Lover" in 1928, but it was not published in an uncensored version until 1960. Many contemporary critics of D.H. Lawrence viewed the Victorian love story as vulgar, and even pornographic. It was banned immediately upon publication in
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence - Restored Modern Edition
More interesting than merely pornographic
I know the type of reputation this book has. I was wondering how "shocking" it would be to a modern liberal girl. To be honest, it wasn't that shocking but it was unexpectedly moving and thought-provoking.
It takes quite a long while to wind up to the point, but that's because the author is taking the time to set up how a good woman could, in essence, cheat on her invalid husband. He wants these people to be real. He also spends quite a bit of time with philosophical conversations between characters, as well as in their heads. The amazing part is that - in a book most people read for the naughty reputation - those conversations only create an intellectual itch, leaving much of the topics unexplored and asking for more thought on the reader's part. There's a lot more depth here than is generally credited.
There are some stylistic things that were kind of jarring to me, such as his repetition of phrases and words, but I think that may have been his purpose, sort of...
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence - Restored Modern Edition is one of best selling in Classics category.