The Rainbow

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Modern Library, 2002 - Fiction - 493 pages
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Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time

Pronounced obscene when it was first published in 1915, The Rainbow is the epic story of three generations of the Brangwens, a Midlands family. A visionary novel, considered to be one of Lawrence's finest, it explores the complex sexual and psychological relationships between men and women in an increasingly industrialized world. "Lives are separate, but life is continuous--it continues in the fresh start by the separate life in each generation," wrote F. R. Leavis. "No work, I think, has presented this perception as an imaginatively realized truth more compellingly than The Rainbow."

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User Review  - ursula - LibraryThing

Hm, this one is a bit of a puzzle for me. At first, I was engrossed in it, both the style of writing and the story. But after a while, probably about the halfway point, I was no longer enjoying myself ... Read full review

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User Review  - stillatim - LibraryThing

David Lodge's blurb for this is: "Lawrence is the most Dostoevskian of English novelists." He means that both sides of an ideological dispute get their say; here, individual vs community, religion vs ... Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Keith Cushman is the author of D. H. Lawrence at Work. The books he has edited or coedited include The Letters of D. H. Lawrence and Amy Lowell 1914–1925 and Lawrence's Memoir of Maurice Magnus as well as two collections of essays, The Challenge of D. H. Lawrence and D. H. Lawrence's Literary Inheritors. He is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

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