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The Trespasser

D. H. Lawrence

Book Overview: 

Brief Encounter meets Tristan and Isolde – on the Isle of Wight, under a vast sky florid with stars. The consequence is tragic indeed for one of the parties, Siegmund, when he sacrifices family life for a few days’ transcendent rapture. His lover, the self-contained Helena, is strong enough to bear a return to the scruffy suburbs. Redemption of a kind is granted to the deserted wife, Beatrice. But between these robust Lawrentian women Siegmund is cancelled out. His love-death is no cosmic swoon but a sordid exit in an unkempt box-room.

In this very British romance, there is no earthly escape from outworn attachments and life’s deadening routine

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Siegmund and Helena, two grains of life in the vast movement, were travelling a moment side by side.

They lay on the beach like a grey and a white sea-bird together. The lazy ships that were idling down the Solent observed the cliffs and the boulders, but Siegmund and Helena were too little. They lay ignored and insignificant, watching through half-closed fingers the diverse caravan of Day go past. They lay with their latticed fingers over their eyes, looking out at the sailing of ships across their vision of blue water.

'Now, that one with the greyish sails—' Siegmund was saying.

'Like a housewife of forty going placidly round with the duster—yes?' interrupted Helena.

'That is a schooner. You see her four sails, and—'

He continued to classify the shipping, until he was interrupted by the wicked laughter of Helena.

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Community Reviews

Narrative about acutely distressed individuals seeking to abate the unfair forces turning their lives upside down, making them wallow in insurmountable depression--but constantly failing at that (as a lot characters do in contemporaneous works).

A lot of description, so little events, making a rev...more

D.H.Lawrence’s The Trespasser, published, after The White Peacock, in 1912 is very much of its time. Unlike the more famous Lady Chatterley’s Lover, this is a book that might excite the interest of a modern publisher but wouldn’t be actually published. The language, full of deeply poetic angst, i...more

The Trespasser by D. H. Lawrence

I’m not sure about the best way to enjoy writing this comment on D.H. Lawrence’s second novel, The Trespasser. With Lawrence it seems to easy to say it is a very fine, intensely wrought novel that presaged even greater work to follow. If you were an editor/publishe...more

This early D. H. Lawrence novel is basically the Ian Curtis story set in an earlier England. If you’re feeling trigger happy, maybe quit The Trespasser while you’re ahead. There’s no prize for forcing yourself on to the end.

رواية مليئة بالجمال والبشاعة

لا استطيع قول المزيد

This story is based on real events (its Wagnerian echoes seem forced).
Helena is a modern girl who flees both cold and warmth;

An anemone, to her, is just a kaleidoscopic shape
But, for her lover Siegmund, is a thing to evaluate;

He gets beneath its skin; but the flesh is distasteful to her,
She is po...more

رواية أحداثها قليلة رغم طولها لكنها مميزة بجمال اللغة وأسلوب الوصف
دي اتش لورانس الفنان الذي يمنح الوصف كل ما يملك من تعبيرات بديعة
علاقة حب بين هيلينا وسيجموند عازف الكمان, علاقة بين امرأة ورجل متزوج تصبح الزوجة الطرف الثالث فيها
تردد كل منهم بين فعل ما يرغب فيه فعلا وبين نُكران الذات وفعل ما يُفت...more

3.5 out of 5 stars - There is something melancholic about this work which really appeals to me. Although the story is quite simple and awkwardly bookended, Lawrence's ability to describe nature and landscape is unparalleled. His talent is there, just raw. There are glimpses in this novel of his g...more

From the back cover:

“The Trespasser, Lawrence’s second novel, foreshadows the passion of Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Helena and Siegmund are in love. But there is more than one obstacle to their happiness. Siegmund is a married man with children and Helena is full of inhibitions. They spend a week t...more

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