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Lost Girl

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Lost Girl by D. H. Lawrence is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that explores themes of identity, love, and connection. The story follows Alvina, a young woman who feels lost and unfulfilled in her life, searching for meaning and purpose.

Lawrence’s prose is beautifully descriptive, drawing the reader into Alvina’s world and allowing them to empathize with her struggles. The author expertly captures the inner turmoil and complexity of human relationships, creating a rich and layered portrait of Alvina’s emotional journey.

The characters in Lost Girl are well-developed and multidimensional, each adding depth to the narrative. Alvina in particular is a compelling protagonist, her search for belonging and self-discovery resonating with readers on a personal level.

Overall, Lost Girl is a poignant and captivating read that delves into the complexities of human nature and the universal desire for love and connection. D. H. Lawrence’s masterful storytelling makes this novel a truly unforgettable literary experience.

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"There is no mistake about it, Alvina was a lost girl. She was cut off from everything she belonged to."

In this most under-valued of his novels, Lawrence once again presents us with a young woman hemmed in by her middle-class upbringing and (like Ursula Brangwen in The Rainbow) longing for escape. Alvina Houghton's plight, however, is given a rather comic and even picaresque treatment. Losing first her mother, a perpetual invalid, and later her cross-dressing father, a woefully ineffectual small-scale entrepreneur, Alvina feels doomed to merge with the tribe of eternal spinsters who surround her in the dreary mining community of Woodhouse.

Into this drab environment enter the Natcha-Kee-Tawara: a polyglot, poly-amorous troupe of travelling players united, on- and off-stage, in a fantasy of Native American nomadism. Enter Ciccio, the surly dark-eyed horseman. The Italian's potent and threatening physicality overwhelms Alvina and soon will propel her into - what? Perdition, or the paradoxical freedom of a girl who 'like(s) being lost'?

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