- 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)
Kangaroo: Novel Paperback – 20 Apr 2017
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"Presented in high editorial style." Frank Kermode, London Review of Books --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
A critical edition of Kangaroo, D. H. Lawrence's eighth novel, set in Australia. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The words were split at the end of the lines which made reading it difficult. I bought it to read one chapter "The Nightmare" which is the background to "Zennor in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by suzanne
Impossible to read in this format with typewritten font and words broken up randomly. Shame.Published on 24 Oct. 2014 by Kindle Customer
Another poor review from me about this book expected a lot better. This must have been one of his poor daysPublished on 11 Feb. 2014 by Ron Walker