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Kangaroo: Novel Paperback – 20 Apr 2017

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  • Paperback: 397 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (20 April 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1521113165
  • ISBN-13: 978-1521113165
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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"Presented in high editorial style." Frank Kermode, London Review of Books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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A critical edition of Kangaroo, D. H. Lawrence's eighth novel, set in Australia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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I finished this book and really felt like I had let go of something that saved me from the times we live in. Lawrence's words are purifying and from the heart and it is evident that the man was born to write.

I love this book. I've read a lot of books - Dickens being one of my favourite authors and I hate to compare writers. There is no "better" in my opinion only different.

Lawrence was a great man because he refused to be changed by a world that often sought to judge and eradicate him. It greatly misunderstood him and tried to define him as a pornographer. This is such a tragedy as Lawrence only wanted to be authentic to what it is to being human. He didn't care about the pious contradictions of the time he lived in and he had immense courage. His creativity would be his driving force and be damned what others thought or felt in their ridiculous ideas of what life should be like.

In Kangaroo - Lawrence's spiritual and heartfelt perceptions are nothing short of stunning. He defines Australia like no one else has been able to. Lawrence immersed his spirit in place and so he could truly write about it. His northern roots kept him grounded but his artistry soars because he knows what he is doing. He is so skilled in bringing place and people to life and he really wanted a better world - a more authentic world. He let nothing stand in his way in order to create the monoliths of what Australia is - he did it so effortlessly that it is consuming and really makes you glad to be human.

Kangaroo is semi-autobiographical and there are lots of insights into his relationship with his wife and his indefineable sexuality. Lawrence was a true artist and a great human being and Kangaroo is his greatest work.
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"Kangaroo" is many things. It's a book where Lawrence puts politics, relationships, sexuality, his time in, and impressions of, Australia and human behaviour under microscopic scrutiny. A kangaroo is a national Australian symbol but here it is also a person who leads a political movement and experiences tragedy near the end of the novel.

The Lawrence character, Richard Somers is in what might be termed in some ways a dysfunctional marriage and his relationship with Kangaroo is ambivalent. Some of Lawrence's most effective prose is his autobiograhical writing about his life when in Cornwall and continual call ups for medicals to determine fitness for first world war service. The descriptions are graphic and leave nothing to the imagination.

It takes Lawrence's character until the end of the novel to decide that he loves Australia, just as he's leaving Sydney for America. It won't take you that long to decide whether you like this novel and it is worth persevering through the intensity of some of the writing.
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Such an ill-formed beast - Lawrence at his most artless - and hardly a novel at all - for long stretches little more than an unpleasant, self-pitying rant... And yet, it is so revealing of the true Lawrence, the frail, brilliant 'pilgrim of eternity' wandering the face of the earth, trying to find - what? the 'dark god' within? struggling, struggling with his mortal limitations and those of absolutely everybody around him... Well, there are stunning evocations of Frieda, perhaps clearer than anywhere else in the oeuvre, and the nostalgia on leaving Australia at the end is surprisingly sentimental, oddly moving. The inner Lawrence seems preternaturally aware that the homeland and rest he is searching for in this world cannot be found short of a greater elsewhere. It is a pitiable spectacle, shot through with occasional apprehensions of remarkable beauty.
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By Pelican on 11 April 2015
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The formatting is complete rubbish. Words randomly broken up in uneven lines. No point downloading even though it is free.
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Unreadable due to how the text is set out disjointedly on the page. I've given up trying to read it in this form.
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Horrible copy, do not buy, not sure even if it is legal.
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