My name is Slawka Grabowska. I organize Donostia Book Club. We meet every month to discuss previously chosen books or short stories. Check out our FB page! Our last meeting, where we discussed D. Lawrence and his short story 'The Woman who Rode Away', just proved that the subject is indeed controversial. Although no one in the group agreed with the feminists and shared Kate Millet's opinion that a story is "an exploitative and sadistic work against willful woman" and "an attempt to revenge on the image of white, Western woman", or that Lawrence "equates sexuality with violence and death" 'Sexual Politics', , we had some problems to agree on one interpretation.
Lawrence himself stated that the story is allegorical and symbolic, so we went in this direction. Unfortunately, looks like he never said anything more on the subject. Written in New Mexico during summer , in the internal between the first and second draft of 'The Plumed Serpent' and published one year later in Dial magazine, 'The Woman who Rode Away' provoked violent reactions. Mabel Luhan, the hostess of the Larences in Taos, who was married to a pueblo Indian, was the first to be offended - she thought the story was about her.
She leaves her silver-seeking husband and two children and goes to look for Chilchui Indians to "know their gods". She finds them and they lead her to their village, where she becomes a prisoner and is regularly drugged.
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Finally they, with her permission, begin the ceremony to sacrifice her, believing it will bring sun and moon back to them they left them and are know misunderstood by white people. The story ends with the old shaman holding a knife over her, ready to strike.
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What strucks us most here is her fatalistic passivity throughout all the happenings. Some of the critics have seen it as a junior partner of the novel, others thought it reflects his parents his mother was a teacher and father - a miner, she married beneath her status and detested the commonness of her husband. But we want to believe that a good story can defend itself, that we don't have to analyze it thinking about his childhood nor about his other, later work. So what have we seen? Submission to the knife is seen by some as being representative of a far greater universal human gesture towards redemption.
She might be trying to cleanse herself of materialism and shallow concept of 'civilization' that accompanies it.
The Woman Who Rode Away
She chooses her own free will. In other words: the woman's act of submission to the sacrificial ritual of the local Native Indian tribe is a way of escaping the claustrophobic banality of her husband's materialistic nature and purpose and at the same tame not only her husband, but also the whole society. The story could be said to express Lawrence's Bataillean belief in reaching the sacred through sacrifice quite literally.
George Bataille , a French philosopher, compared eroticism and death: "in sacrifice, the victim is divested not only of clothes but of life Knopf, Disclaimer:A readable copy. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Pages can include considerable notes-in pen or highlighter-but the notes cannot obscure the text. Dust jacket quality is not guaranteed.
New York: Alfred A. Starting at the half title page although the book is solid.. First Ed.. Orange Cloth. Crawford Press. Martin Secker, In brown cloth. Light rubbing to cloth.. Seller: Jay W. Covers lightly soiled. Newspaper review pasted to front pastedown; corresponding browning to facing endpaper.. First American Edition. Hard Cover. William Heinemann, This book has hardback covers. Ex-library, With usual stamps and markings, In fair condition, suitable as a study copy.
Seller: Anybook Ltd Published: Near Fine. Vintage copy in very presentable condition. Pages free of foxing and marks.
Bright orange covers and green spine panel design. Covers show very little handling. Name in small letters on endpage.
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Very Good Bright tight condition hardback. London: William Heinemann Ltd, Hardback, with dust jacket. Red cloth boards - small pocket edition. No previous owner's names or inscriptions. Attractively designed dust jacket in red and blue - the jacket is a little worn at the edges and has suffered a small amount of loss at the head and tail of the spine small chips.
Spine is also darkened and has some minor rubs to the edges. Not clipped, the DJ is supplied in an archival quality loose protective film sleeve does not adhere to the book or jacket in any way. Spine top worn.. Good Plus. London: Martin Secker. Has light wear, cloth covers lightly rubbed and soiled, minor foxing and browning to text, Clean text.
White paper binding, black lettering. Condition of the book is GOOD: wear and soiling to covers and spine, spine darkened, text block lightly tanned, binding loose.
The woman who rode away. H Book. Soft cover.
The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories by D.H. Lawrence
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The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories by D.H. Lawrence
Vintage paperback, Berkley Medallion X; a collection of eight short stories by the author of "Lady Chatterley's Lover;" First Printing of the Second Berkley Edition; text is tight, clean and square, slightly age-browned; pictorial wrappers show minimal surface and edgewear.. Mass Market Paperback. Very Good to Near Fine. Seller: H. Used - Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear.
The Woman Who Rode Away, and Other Stories
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