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The Rainbow (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 29 Mar 2007
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"Lawrence is the most Dostoevskian of English novelists, in whose best work conflicting ideological positions are brought into play and set up against each other in dialogue that is never simply or finally resolved."
The novel (1915) chronicles the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than 60 years, setting them against the emergence of modern England. The central figure of ursula becomes the focus of Lawrence's examination of relationships and the conflicts they bring, and the inextricable mingling of the physical and the spiritual. Suffused with biblical imagery, "The Rainbow" addresses searching human issues in a setting of precise and vivid detail.See all Product description
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First published in 1915 and two months later banned under the Obscene Publications Act 1857 (and remained banned for eleven years) D H Lawrence's 'The Rainbow' is a passionate and powerful story where the author not only discusses frankly the sexuality of his male characters, but also that of his female protagonists. Of course, today, this does not raise an eyebrow, but the passion and fervour of Lawrence's language still resonates throughout the narrative, not solely with the parts of the novel focusing on sexual relationships, but also with his characters' relationships with the natural world around them and where Lawrence writes eloquently and evocatively of situation and setting. Although I have to admit that there were parts to the narrative which I felt were a little overblown, overall I found this novel an interesting and rewarding read and one which has made me keen to read and review 'Women in Love'.
Not everything can be reduced to speed and cost - the art of good publishing should be given its due: the pleasure of anticipation of the content; a cover design which leads into the content; and then the art of design - print sitting well within its margins, headings at the head of a page, and a typeface which does not need specialist glasses to read.