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This is very early Lawrence, and it's easy to see how he got slated for the hit and miss quality of some of his earlier work, but whilst these works aren't the finished article in the rich vein of Women in Love, or even Sons and Lovers, they are without doubt masterpieces in their own right. I feel that Lawrence struggles with endings, and nowhere is this more apparent than in The Prussian Officer.

It's as though he had wrestled with his demons and got it out of his system, an Astonishingly good. It's as though he had wrestled with his demons and got it out of his system, and so decided to just be done with it. The result is that many of these pieces end with an almost brutal abruptness. It's actually rather amusing at times. But the intense beauty that only Lawrence seems able to grapple with is here, and every tale is a true delight, leaving you at times, quite truly, gasping with the mastery of it all. He seems to be on a different plane to other writers, even in this early form. And too you can see his favoured runs and grooves here already.

Family, mothers, magnetic attractions to peculiar lovers, washing out the pit dirt, the whole edifice of working class uncertainty. This is what makes Lawrence's work seem to glow with authenticity. He's writing about his own world, and it's more immediate than the lofty ambitions of the better classes. He's no patronising Dickens, and the old staple English Lit concerns about property and a good marriage never rear up. It's the old Hadean brew of birth, sex and death, and it's intoxicating enough. I'd say that he comes closest to Hardy, with a deft grasp of the pastoral aura that surrounds and isolates the moral dilemmas and flippant tragedies of his characters' lives.

It's also interesting to read 'The Daughters of the Vicar', since it's so clearly a prototype for Women in Love and this gives it an extra layer of intrigue and depth. All told this is another great work, redolent with Lawrence's astonishing vision and insight. It left me with such a complex and beautiful feeling that I couldn't describe it and truly do it justice.

Jul 05, Lynda rated it liked it Shelves: classics , fiction , short-stories. I chose to read this famous short story by D H Lawrence as it was mentioned in my writing group as containing a classic example of "unverbing". The story has all the tension and relational intensity one expects from Lawrence as well as hints of homoeroticism. Like Doestoevesky Lawrence discusses how the act of killing places the individual outside of society and although the world continues to turn, the sun to rise and wild life to carelessly exist the perpetrator has by his act cut himself off I chose to read this famous short story by D H Lawrence as it was mentioned in my writing group as containing a classic example of "unverbing".

Like Doestoevesky Lawrence discusses how the act of killing places the individual outside of society and although the world continues to turn, the sun to rise and wild life to carelessly exist the perpetrator has by his act cut himself off from the sustenance of living, This is a powerfully felt story, its bleakness alleviated by Lawrence"s calml and beutiful descriptions of trees and mountains, and sunshine which frames the fatal relationship between the sadistic Prussian Officer and his servant.

Mar 29, Ken rated it it was amazing Shelves: classic , in-collection , short-stories , As expected, it does not end well for either character. Recommended to Laura by: Marts Thinker.

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Shelves: e-books , kindle , british-literature , fictionth-century , read , short-stories , gutenberg. Free download available at Project Gutenberg. What a pity, this story was to short. The tale of a Captain and his orderly Feb 05, 1. The title story and one thereafter left me a bit cold to be quite honest Then again, all of the stories in this collection certainly share thematic concerns, setting, and sentiment.

The others just do a better job. I suppose I could The title story and one thereafter left me a bit cold to be quite honest I suppose I could go back and read the first two to see if it was just a problem of acclimatization. But there's many books to read, and thinking back I don't think they'll reward me much. Great book of short stories. Good characters. Quiet anguish.

In addition, I hadn't read D. Chocou-me um pouco este livro. Uma vez que Lawrence retrata melhor o oficial, que acaba por te Chocou-me um pouco este livro. Uma vez que Lawrence retrata melhor o oficial, que acaba por ter o destino que merecia. Uma vez que o outro possui uma beleza singela, sentimentos puros e verdadeiros. Enquanto este mostra-nos um ambiente opressivo, e sentimentos violentos.

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Apenas a escrita do autor me encanta Apr 07, Vlady Peters rated it liked it. Beautifully written, tension right to the end, nevertheless, when it came to the end end, I felt it was much to do about nothing. It's divided into four chapters, with the last one being the most poignant, and succinct. The first three chapters are longer and describes the relation between the officer and the orderly in great detail.

That is where the monotony came in. Save that, it makes for an excellent read. Lawrence's knack for including the finest of details makes the text very touching. Aug 31, Mark Barrett rated it really liked it. Internal human frailties laid bare in the way that only Lawrence can do. Not all of the stories rate among his best works, but you cannot miss some early moments of genius which he practised in these stories, and then perfected in his novels.

Not likely to convert any new to his writing, but a must for any existing Lawrence fans.

The Prussian Officer by D.H. Lawrence

Fairly average. The Thorn in the Flesh was the one exception. It found greatness. Daughters of the Vicar was my second favorite. I think I am going to take Lawrence out of my rotation. Kind disappointing, to be honest. I was expected a tad more, considering the hype around the book. It was a short short take by Mr.

The Prussian Officer - Chapter One

Too shirt. The introduce was quite insightful and filled with literary references. The take itself was nothing extraordinary: characters were a tad poor although the author tried to describe the as thoroughly as he could. The end. Oh the end. Like a punch in the gut. Ina bad way: too quickly.

Doesn't help.


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You can skip this one. Or not. Up to you. May 10, Shirley stampartiste rated it really liked it Shelves: bingo-challenge , read-classics. This book contains an excellent sample of short stories by well-known authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Lawrence wrote a fascinating psychological thriller of the interactions between a Prussian Captain and his orderly, the man who tended to his needs.