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The Lost Girl | [D.H. Lawrence]

The Lost Girl

Under-appreciated until now, The Lost Girl is perhaps D.H. Lawrence's most beautiful, thoroughly contemporary, love story. This captivating novel charts the journey of a woman caught between two worlds and two lives, one mired in dreary, industrial England and a life of convention, the other set in the vibrant Italian landscape holding the promise of sensual liberation.
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Publisher's Summary

Under-appreciated until now, The Lost Girl is perhaps D.H. Lawrence's most beautiful, thoroughly contemporary, love story. This captivating novel charts the journey of a woman caught between two worlds and two lives, one mired in dreary, industrial England and a life of convention, the other set in the vibrant Italian landscape holding the promise of sensual liberation. Alvina Houghton is fading into spinsterhood when she meets Naples-born Cicio, a vaudeville dancer who draws her into a dance of seduction, reawakening her desire as she defies her stifling upper-class life.

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What the Critics Say

"Part of the magic of audiobooks is that they allow one to enjoy works that might be difficult to digest in print form. So it is with Lawrence's tale of a young woman's quest to find herself; it might seem endless in print, but narrator Johanna Ward makes the journey pleasant." (AudioFile)

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    V. T. Carson Connecticut 03-15-05
    V. T. Carson Connecticut 03-15-05 Member Since 2004

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    "Love story in the shadow of World War I"

    A good book from a great writer. The book is quite slow at the start and reflects rewriting a story in 1920 that was begun about 1914. Told entirely from the viewpoint of a woman. Intense feelings after the woman falls in love with a traveling stage actor, just as cinema is replacing live vaudeville shows. Not as enjoyable as Sons and Lovers or Women in Love. Excellent narrator.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Decatur, GA, USA 10-20-05
    Brian Decatur, GA, USA 10-20-05 Member Since 2005
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    "Great performance"

    This isn't my favorite Lawrence novel, but this reader is absolutely the best I have encountered in an audiobook. She is a rare find: a reader who really understands what is and what is not important in a novel, and who is conscious at every moment of what the prose -- and especially the dialogue -- means.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kath Woodbury, MN, United States 09-06-12
    Kath Woodbury, MN, United States 09-06-12 Member Since 2011

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    "So glad I "read" this!"

    It's unlikely I would have purchased and read this book, but the audible version of this early 20th Century novel made it easy/accessible. I was engaged with the story and impressed with Lawrence's telling of this simple, yet deeply woven, tale. As an contemporary American woman, I experienced the stifling atmosphere The Lost Girl lived in is a reminder of how many women have lived (and some do today), and could better appreciate her desire to break from it, and the courage needed to do so. The prejudices and racism of the day are also reminders of how far we have come (or not).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 04-07-12
    Lea Gladewater, TX, United States 04-07-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Wanted to like it..."

    I am happy I only spent 5 dollars in the sale, and not a whole credit. I looked forward to a nice long literary story.... I just hung in there because I was able to listen during slow time at work. The narrator elongates her syllables in a way that I don't enjoy at all, and the story barely held my interest...and the suddenness of the ending would have infuriated me if I had been one bit emotionally involved in the tale.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roxie Johannesburg, South Africa 04-22-14
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could improve this book.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Johanna Ward?

    Narrator was good at portraying the character.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom, frustration, annoyance


    Any additional comments?

    Was disappointed by this story... It was just super dull and took forever for anything to develop! The main character really is lost, takes forever to decide anything and makes you want to slap her.. The narrator's voice makes her whiny and even more annoying. Wouldn't recommend unless you have a lot of time to be bored.

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    Chrissy Austin, TX, USA 04-11-06
    Chrissy Austin, TX, USA 04-11-06
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    "slow"

    I found this to be over wordy and not something that would keep me alert on my commute to work.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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