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The thirteen short stories written 1924 28 are set in Europe and America and reflect Lawrence's experiences in the post war period Many were considerably revised some were completely rewritten The editors give composition histories and discuss publication difficulties Appendixes record manuscript revisions for three stories and give complete unpublished early versions of four Notes elucidate literary allusions and give biographical information An unpublished fragment A Pure Witch is also included


10 thoughts on “The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories

  1. says:

    The Woman Who Rode Away is a brilliant anthology of highly allegorical and fabulous tales The title story is a kind of spiritual journey a woman embarks on to get free from the bonds of civilizationAt thirty three she really was still the girl from Berkeley in all but physique Her conscious development had stopped mysteriously with her marriage completely arrested Her husband had never become real to her neither mentally nor physically In spite of his late sort of passion for her he never meant anything to her physically Only morally he swayed her downed her kept her in an invincible slavery The Rocking Horse Winner is a powerful parable of doom – there is a payment for everything in this world and a winner never takes allAnd my favorite allegory in this collection is The Man Who Loved IslandsHe no longer worked at his book The interest had gone He liked to sit on the low elevation of his island and see the sea nothing but the pale quiet sea And to feel his mind turn soft and hazy like the hazy ocean Sometimes like a mirage he would see the shadow of land rise hovering to northwards It was a big island beyond But quite without substanceThe older we get the colder becomes the climate of our feelings The further we advance in age the barren turns the soil of our expectations The longer we live the smaller grow the isles of our hopes And one day we disappear


  2. says:

    I'm slightly saddened these stories have been collected together though I understand they were all written at a certain point in DHL's life which is probably why they're together here because while I loved all the feminist undertones and beautiful exploration of the American South in St Mawr I found The Woman Who Rode Away and The Princess really tough going So much problematicdepressing stuff going on in those stories especially surrounding treatment of women and depictions of indigenous men and yes St Mawr is also not without fault in this regard too So yes would recommend St Mawr but suggest keeping a wide berth from the other two


  3. says:

    The story events revolve around a rebellious woman who destroys the limitations and traditions of the first half of the 20th century's society in addition to his portraying of Chilchuis who sacrifices the woman in a barbaric rituals in hope of their salvationSubsequently readers and critics might be ambivalent in his Lawrence real attitude Is he blames the woman for her mysterious journey? Does she deserve her death? Or he wants to blame and criticize the black naïve Indian tribes? Or Lawrence might be criticizing both?


  4. says:

    This was another book chosen by my book group These are short stories some I liked better than others my favourite was the title story The Woman Who Rode Away The woman was a Californian girl who married a rancher who lived in Chihuahua Mexico She grew bored with her life and so rode into the Mexican hinterland and met a band of Indians who took her miles into the mountains and kept her drugged and a prisoner She was aware of what was happening to her and knew she was going to be sacrificed to their gods Most of the other stories I enjoyed although not all


  5. says:

    My copy 1925 has only St Mawr and The Princess in it Both highly readable esp St Mawr the name of an ill tempered stallion incidentally which explores a strangely problematic Anglo American family as it breaks up The Princess is interesting for depicting a whole life in some detail in a hundred pages but doesn't leave a deep impression


  6. says:

    Rating is probably along the lines of 335 stars for the two short stories and 4 stars for the novella The Woman Who Rode Away is evocative and highlights the fact that Lawrence is deft with description ‘He was a squeamish waif of an idealist’ for example as well as ‘the chuckling sobbing cry of the coyote’ and ‘that gleam of after hate in his eyes’ The Princess is a bit too reliant on imagery of vulgarity versus virginity to be entirely enjoyable although there are still some striking descriptions ‘Mars sat on the edge of a mountain for all the world like the blazing eye of a crouching mountain lion’ for example St Mawr is the real gem of this collection Although it suffers from similar pitfalls an overuse of phallic metaphor female characters whose thoughts almost inevitably return to the concept of masculinity or the lack thereof some racist characterizations typical of the era the overall feel of the work is much engrossing Moving from English towns and villages to Texas and New Mexico the descriptions are lovely and evocative St Mawr is a constant undercurrent half beauty and half dread These stories may not go anywhere far plot wise but they are thought provoking nonetheless


  7. says:

    I really liked most of the stories in the collection especially the title story and Sun and None of ThatI didn't like Glad Ghosts in the beginning but by the end I had changed my mind The only stories I really didn't like were Smile and The Last Laugh I've come to really like DHL He was versatile and deft at conjuring up a scene and painting a character


  8. says:

    Perhaps a slightly uneven collection for Lawrence I believe these works came after his early successes and he was travelling from pillar to post exiled from Britain because of the xenophobia and suspicion that resulted from his marriage to Freida a relation of the Red Baron when he was rumoured to be a German spy by the malicious gossips around his Devon home and in poor health and having his work brutally censored by a priggish publishing literati he abandoned Britain for MexicoThis is the theme of the title story really a novella about a woman who becomes fatefully disenchanted with her sheltered life and so runs away rather rides away to live with the Chilchuis Indians Here Lawrence explores the juxtaposition of civilisation and brutality with all his immense skill But it is not an especially enjoyable story nor is is it replete with the richness as is characteristic of his works There is an austere beauty to the landscapes he describes at times but mostly the story is one of harsh and unforgiving ideals and the gradual erosion of those strange civilising values which creates so many of life's dichotomies and struggles against baser instinct The ultimate destination is both bleak and alien and it is skilfully done but leaves one feeling disconcertedMost of the remaining stories are familiar to readers of the great man The Desperate Woman for example deals rather well with his usual themes There are even tales here with a supernatural slant actually too a ghost story but on the whole while many of these tales convey his habitual and effortless skill in building a sense of outright humanity there are frivolous moments too I still loved this but it's not his best work Even Bert's second rate writing leaves almost everyone else in the shade though


  9. says:

    While I was at first thrown off and disappointed by this collection Lawrence's The Rocking Horse Winner being one of my favorite stories but also one of my only experiences with him apart from a few of his poems A snake came to my water trough on a hot hot day and I in pajamas for the heat to drink there I soon came to love this collection The title story was disappointing and I think I was most frustrated that he'd named the collection after such a tale But the rest of the stores were lovely They sauntered along at their own paces never dragging but never being page turners The stories are meditations or accurately ruminations on the ways relationships fall apart and is incredibly focused on the dynamic of love and infatuation between two people Lawrence seems to love this dichotomy between a clever man and a true man And the clever man while being witty and gaining power in his own way never ascends the height of the true man because his way the clever man is lowly and conniving when compared to the resolute almost God given constitution of the True Man The prevalence of this and the bitterness many of the women feel towards the clever men and the yearning for and the incurable emptiness caused when lost leads me to believe our buddy DH had a pretty strained marriage himself and could stand for some self love and forgiveness But maybe bitterness was his muse He certainly gave some incisive insights into humanity in this collection even if the themes were rather narrow The world is not encompassed in these stories but a section is placed under a microscope and watched as it festers


  10. says:

    As a first full length experience of Lawrence's work since brief introductions during early school days and an isolated piece in an anthology his power of eloquent description was striking Another aspect of these works that stood out was the frequency with which he wrote or attempted to write from a female perspective A mystery of some sort always lurking round another page pulls the reader along This combination of the mysterious and the mundane laid out in minute detail made this an interesting discovery