478p used yellow paperback with paper cover, tear to top spine corner and slightly dusty but pages clean, original period paperback...
|Format Type||:||Kindle Edition|
|Publisher||:||Leipzig Albatross 1939 Modern Continental Library 1939|
|Number of Pages||:||190 Pages|
|File Size||:||767 KB|
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The Rainbow. Reviews
I successively declare each Lawrence novel I encounter to be the best I've read, but in my opinion, "The Rainbow" is especially brilliant in its painstaking and accurate depiction of the universal experience of adolescence...and especially noteworthy in its spot-on description of the evolving feelings and thoughts of adolescent girls. Lawrence's feeling for and understanding of his female characters is astounding, particularly when compared with that of other writers of his time.This work is sometimes criticized because of "repetitiveness" in the writing, but I find the repeated phrases add to, not detract from, the power of the novel. As in Lady Chatterley, he also manages to work in many brilliant and cutting observations of the price of progress in an industrial society, and document in careful, keen-eyed accuracy the varying responses of his characters--and, through them, archetypal human responses--to that society.
For the time it was written The Rainbow must have been quite controversial. Themes such as sexual promiscuity and homosexuality are dealt with.The story is of three generations of tempremental women coming to terms with their own sensuality and femminism.Like most of the books of that generation that were written by British authors, the prose is beautiful and poetic. But unlike its predecessors, the female characters are strong and femminism is a central theme.Personally, I prefer American writers such as Twain, London, or Steinbeck who create more beleivable and down to earth characters.I just do not seem to enjoy the stories of Wolfe, Hardy, and Lawrence, although I do appreciate their prose.
I have read others of Lawrence's books and thoroughly enjoyed them, but this one bored me to tears. It was not only repetitive, but unnecessarily florid, slow, and melodramatic. Here is a sample:"Gradually she realised that her life, her freedom, was sinking under the silent grip of his physical will. He wanted her in his power. He wanted to devour her at leisure, to have her. At length she realised that her sleep was a long ache and a weariness and exhaustion, because of his will fastened upon her, as he lay there beside her, during the night. She realised it all, and there came a momentous pause, a pause in her swift running, a moment's suspension in her life, when she was lost."And it goes on and on and on like this, unto the third generation. No doubt all this purple prose was extremely erotic in its day, but none of these characters seem at all real to me, and there is no plot to make up for the lack. For me, this was one big waste of time.
The two part saga of the Brangwens comprised by "The Rainbow" and "Women in Love" is surely the most stirringly realistic piece of writing concerning matters of the soul that I have ever read. Mr. Lawrence stands with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky as the masters of the art of realistic fiction. This novel doesn't succeed because it is considered Literature by some astute scholar. It succeeds because it tears at one's emotions until he is certain that these events befell some poor middle class family in earlier England. Engaging and highly readable!
This novel is amazing. It is lusty and moving -- the characters are so well fleshed out and you can't help but be drawn into their world. Every member of this family is unique in every way and equal attention is paid to their faults and their strengths. They are real people, living out their lives, and Lawrence invites us to share it with them. He makes you feel as if you too are a member of the Brangwen family.
D.H. Lawrence has so vividly described and analyzed in such a beautiful way everything that motivates human action. Throughout this story, I was able to recognize my own feelings and reactions to life in his words. He puts in words what most people are afraid to see themselves. It is said that Lawrence is obsessed with things sexual, but there is so much more to this novel than sexuality. It is a work of art.
How unusual to find a male novelist so deeply understanding of the subtle differences in the way the sexes react to each other and society. Each generation of Brangwen came closer to the ultimate reality of freedom and self fulfillment. Of course it was finally Ursula who frees her soul totally and connects to the larger more infinite existence. This book was truly a deep and exultant experience.