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Apocalypse: And the Writings on Revelation (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics) [Paperback]

D. H. Lawrence , Mara Kalnins
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25 May 1995 Penguin Twentieth Century Classics
Written during the winter of 1929-30 and his last major work, Apocalypse is Lawrence's radical criticism of the political, religious and social structures that have shaped Western civilization. In his view the perpetual conflict within man, in which emotion, instinct and the senses vie with the intellect and reason, has resulted in society's increasing alienation from the natural world. Yet Lawrence's belief in humanity's power to regain the imaginative and spiritual values which alone can revitalize our world also makes Apocalypse a powerful statement of hope. Presenting his thoughts on psychology, science, politics, art, God and man, and including a fierce protest against Christianity, Apocalypse is Lawrence's last testament, his final attempt to convey his vision of man and of the cosmos.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; New Ed edition (25 May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140187812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140187816
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.5 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Apocalypse is a radical criticism of our civilisation and a statement of Lawrence's belief in man's power to create 'a new heaven and a new earth'. This edition is the first to reproduce Lawrence's final corrected text on the basis of a thorough examination of the surviving manuscript and typescript. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930), English novelist, storywriter, critic, poet and painter, one of the greatest figures in 20th-century English literature. Among his works, Sons and Lovers appeared in 1913, The Rainbow in 1915, Women In Love in 1920, and many others.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. 17 Jan 2014
One of the wisest books ever written, an interpretation of one of the most bizarre and horrifying religious texts in the world. Lawrence sticks it to not only self righteous Christians, but also to smug rationalists, and those enthralled by the terrible delusions of Utopianism, and "progress". A truly joyous read!
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3.0 out of 5 stars The will-to-power 2 Aug 2010
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This book is an interpretation of John of Patmos's `Apocalypse' along the lines of Nietzsche's philosophy: the will-to-power, aristocracy v. democracy, Christianity as a destroyer of paganism and the fruits of the earth, anti-reason and anti-science stances.

Man, the will-to-power
`Man wants his physical fulfillment first, the marvel of being alive in the flesh, to be part of the cosmic life of vitality, potency, prowess and power. Cosmic power is phallic power (fertility).'
`The primal, old-Adamic need in a man's soul is to be master, lord.'

Aristocracy v. Democracy
An aristocrat acts from a position of strength, a democrat from a position of weakness.
`Socialists hate all free, upstanding, daunting men. A democracy is bound to be obscene, composed of false individualities.'

Anti-reason, anti-science
For D.H. Lawrence, the Logos is the evil snake. Man's fall is the fall into knowledge'
`The final condition of science, of modern physics and physicists is a naked and disembodied universe. The atom has turned into nothingness.'

Christianity, paganism
Christianity is a `thou-shalt-not' doctrine. It denies the body and creates misery out of vital want. It is the religion of `death', of the dead body and the postponed reward.
The old religions were cults of vitality, potency and power. They were religions of `life'.
Christianity destroyed paganism in the Western world.

The Apocalypse (Revelation)
The first part of the book calls for a renewed world under the Messiah.
The second half is full of hate of worldly power. It expresses a lust for the end of the world. It is the equivalent of suicide with subsequent self-glorification.
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1.0 out of 5 stars classic? 24 Nov 2012
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This is a classic? But i found it boring. And i didn't read that much of it, because it seemed very dated and boring and actually just silly and incomprehensible, at length, going on about Lenin being a saint and that sort of thing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Lawrence "diversions-on-a-theme". 28 Jun 1999
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Although Lawrence's writings are noted for more earthly activities, he shows a surprising knowledge of Biblical matters. In this book he analyzes the last book of the Bible-- Revelations-- and not too favorably at that. I cannot argue with his facts because I am not as familiar with them as as he is. What I find fascinating about this essay-book are his observations on democracy, and especially about life.
The last page or two contain one of his most remarkable and inspiring observations about the individual and his soul. Lawrence often argues that you cannot "save" you soul; you must "live" it. Near the end of this book he writes:
"What man most passionately want is his living wholeness and his living unison, not his own isolate salvation of his "soul." Man wants his physical fulfilment first and foremost, since now, once and once only, he is in the flesh and potent. For man, the vast marvel is to be alive. For man, as for flower and beast and bird, the supreme triumph is to be most vividly, most perfectly alive. Whatever the unborn and the dead may know, they cannot know the beauty, the marvel of being alive in the flesh. The dead may look after the afterwards. But the magnificent here and now of life in the flesh is ours, and ours alone, and ours only for a time. We ought to dance with rapture that we should be alive and in the flesh, and part of the living, incarnate cosmos....I am part of the great whole, and I can never escape. But I can deny my connections, break them, and become a fragment. Then I am wretched."
The most poignant phrase in this passage is "...and ours for a short time only." Lawrence lived a shorter time that most of us will, but in his lifetime his output was as perceptive and prodigious as any author who has ever written. Scattered throughout this book are irritating but illuminating thoughts like: "But a democracy is bound in the end to be obscene, for it is composed of myriad disunited fragments, each fragment assuming to itself a false wholeness, a false individuality. Modern democracy is made up of millions of frictional parts all asserting their own wholeness."
Some people have taken that statement as proof that Lawrence is against democracy. But I consider it a valid danger for democracy, one that is being played out in the press every day. To preserve democracy, the best of all possible forms of government, we have to analyze and try to correct its failings and weaknesses.
Puzzle your way through this book. I hope you will find it as rewarding as I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars D.H. Lawrence's revelation 9 Mar 2000
By karl b. - Published on Amazon.com
Written in response to widespread condemnation of the sexuality and libertine lifestyles presented in his books, Apocalypse was the final attempt by D. H. Lawrence to make himself understood. The modern reader will probably detect a full throttle blitz against the puritanical deacons of the Church of England and his establishment tormentors. Launched from the most contentious and abstruse of the Bible's books, Revelation, Lawrence levels his antipathy at a rigid, superficially moral, life denying exposition of Christian thought. He argues that the confining nature of living the 'good' life in expectation of reward in Heaven cuts to the root of an immensely rich potential for experience and passion presented in the world. He continuously falls back on opaque codices-- of arcane civilizations that he states more fully explored the metaphysical realm. Lawrence divines a heroic age where apparent creation and destiny were seen as integral and complete. Robert Graves's 'The White Goddess' comprehensively analyzes the same mythological, magical architecture, but Lawrence uses it in a much more targeted and critical way.

Lawrence saw the aesthetic brilliance of Revelation as a bridge to a more mysterious, immediate, compelling theology. At the same time he condemns the apocalyptic churches who interpret the book as the evocation of Hell and Judgement, rather than in its potent poetic symbolism. He goes so far as to accuse John of Patmos of not presenting a revelation at all, but of appropriating a truer, more ancient historiography for eccliastical and political reasons. Not above placing his own eccentric opinions of government in this tract, he could be accused of mounting his own pulpit, if with literary distinction. His claim of an affirming devotion to the visible universe as the only 'true' route to the holy can be countered by reading some of the lively writings of Christian ascetics. This treatise, however, is not about them. It is aimed squarely at the convention seeking, socially regulating, sanctimonious attitudes that had censored and prosecuted him. Not surprisingly it did not raise his stock much among his critics, but it is an essential text in understanding the underlying motives behind his works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Last Work and Testament 3 Feb 2000
By greenpagan - Published on Amazon.com
Attacks everything blindly and madly promoted by the dominant ideas of the dominant socio-economic classes and strongest institutionalized influences in the current civilization of inauthenticity and death.
The power of money must go, according to Lawrence, as the power of the sun must return--as it indeed has always been the power of life whether we recognize it or not. Also, the power of blood must be reasserted. As human beings we are connected to all things. However, this perspective is suppressed as it constitutes a threat to the status quo.
Lawrence here sees no salvation in either democracy or western monotheism; but solely in human beings connecting up once again to the universal forces of nature from which come life's vitality.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book 31 Jan 2010
By Piloting The Air Desk - Published on Amazon.com
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If you question authority (and organized religion), this book is a must for your collection... a real classic!
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening 9 Oct 2008
By Patrick J. Canning - Published on Amazon.com
This is easily one of the most insightful and profound books I have read in my life. Both the conservative Christian and the man of pure science will despise this book. But if you have an open mind, prepare to have it blown against the wall. Lawrence understands human spiritually like a prophet and conveys his insights in blasts of crystal clarity. This is my first experience with him and I can guarantee he will be a lifelong favorite.
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