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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

Very naturalistic atmosphere. Clearly an 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.

Having read this directly after finishing 'Sons And Lovers', I cannot but view it as an extended remix on many of those themes, with particular emphasis on the sordid lives of working class colliers. Some of these are pretty rough, but there are a few standouts. I particularly like the completely fl

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

" Cand il vazu pe capitan calare, dand ordine, in timp ce el statea in picioare cu pusca si ranita in spate, bolnav de durere, simti ca trebuie sa inchida ochii - sa inchida ochii pentru ca totul sa dispara. Si numai chinul lung al umblatului cu gatlejul uscat ii umplu mintea cu o dorinta unica, gre

Interesante y muy incisivo Lawrence. Dos actitudes muy diferentes representadas por las hijas del vicario

Overly flowery and indecisive. Dances between hyper feminine sentimental tirades and ultra masculine inexpressive stoicism. Just about every story is boring and tedious: The Vicar's Daughters and A Fragment of Stained Glass being the two exceptions. Rubbish.

Eh. The death scene in the first story goes on WAY too long. And overall this book gives me the vibe of being written by an ancient proto-MGTOW guy who thinks his wife doesn’t understand him but will appreciate him when he dies.

Some gruelling, violent stories, not to be missed, but I still feel his short-story telling abilities were to develop further in later volumes. The ones that I appreciated most here had more to do with personal situations and tragedies - "The White Stocking" or ''Odour of Chrysanthemums'' , for exam

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