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The Prussian Officer and Other Stories

D. H. Lawrence

Book Overview: 

The collection of short stories – of which The Prussian Officer is one – was Lawrence’s first such book. A German officer and his orderly are the focus of the piece and, while socially the superior of his orderly, the officer demonstrates his is the distinctly baser character.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Occasionally there had been a duel, an outburst before the soldiers. He knew himself to be always on the point of breaking out. But he kept himself hard to the idea of the Service. Whereas the young soldier seemed to live out his warm, full nature, to give it off in his very movements, which had a certain zest, such as wild animals have in free movement. And this irritated the officer more and more.

In spite of himself, the Captain could not regain his neutrality of feeling towards his orderly. Nor could he leave the man alone. In spite of himself, he watched him, gave him sharp orders, tried to take up as much of his time as possible. Sometimes he flew into a rage with the young soldier, and bullied him. Then the orderly shut himself off, as it were out of earshot, and waited, with sullen, flushed face, for the end of the noise. The words never pierced to his intelligence, he made himself, protectively, impervious to the feelings of his master.

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Community Reviews

Short novelettes with a very naturalistic atmosphere. Clearly early work of Lawrence.

Early writings, interesting but inferior to his best. Recommended for the reader interested in the development of a fine writer or the emergence of Lawrence's style; don't miss the introduction by Brian Finney, which gives this book rating its forth star.

One of the best short story collections I have been privileged enough to read. Only a couple of stories fall below the masterful level of the rest. The psychological sprawl of some of his longer novels is cut down, making this an ideal starting point for a curious reader. This volume proves that Law

mi top 3: el oficial prusiano, la hija del tratante de caballos y una vez

No sé si lo ha escrito D.H Lawrence o Freud

took a very gay turn which i was not expecting

Only someone with a little cruelty in them could write so vividly about cruelty. It made me shudder. I loved it.

In this beautiful amalgam of passion, struggle, death, longing and wonder, we find the mastery of D.H.Lawrence over Life and living blaze out in resplendent glory. Each story in this collection is a masterpiece, a tribute to the convoluted imperfection of human emotions and desires.
As usual, D.H. La

Superb, each is like a shining jewel of literary revelation. Some say that aside from the major works, Lawrence is 'difficult', but I think what's more true is that Lawrence just isn't fashionable these days, and in the major works you simply cannot deny his genius, even if you wanted to, and were i

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