The Plumed Serpent

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Wordsworth Editions, Jan 1, 1995 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Introduced by Cedric Watts, Research Professor of English, University of Sussex.

In this notorious late novel, Lawrence’s pagan imaginings burgeon. Kate Leslie, an Irish widow touring Mexico, becomes gradually involved with a charismatic leader, and she enters a sexual relationship with his dark henchman.

As the two men conspire to revive the old Aztec religion and seize power, Kate is increasingly implicated in their ‘blood consciousness’, phallic propaganda and right-wing violence.

The Plumed Serpent abounds in the ‘politically incorrect’ Lawrence retains his power to shock. As a publisher once said, ‘Anything to do with D. H. L. is rather dangerous.’

 

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User Review  - Elias Westerberg - Goodreads

Tone and themes remind me of JG Ballard. Even the naming of the chapters are similar. I guess DH Lawrence must have been a great influence on him. What's basically a weird s/m love story between the ... Read full review

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User Review  - David - Goodreads

Right hand up to salute Quetzalcoatl. Rather than atheism in response to Christianity, Lawrence has a character regress into a prior Aztec blood cult. I could write a better review but I am sick. Book is ferocious. Read full review

Contents

Beginnings of a Bullfight
1
Teaparty in Tlacolula
17
HI Fortieth Birthday
39
To Stay or Not to Stay
60
The Lake
69
The Move Down the Lake
85
VH The Plaza
97
Night in the House
116
The Written Hymns of Quetzalcoatl
196
Cipriano and Kate
204
Fourth Hymn and the Bishop
220
Auto da Fe
239
The Attack on Jamiltepec
257
Marriage by Quetzalcoatl
273
The Opening of the Church
297
The Living Huitzilopochtli
316

EX Casa de las Cuentas
122
Don Ramon and Dona Carlota
136
Lords of the Day and Night
150
The First Waters
161
The First Rain
169
XTV Home to Sayula
184
Huitzilopochtlis Night
334
XXTV Malintzi
347
Teresa
354
Kate is a Wife
372
XXVH Here
383
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About the author (1995)

D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885. His father was a coal miner and Lawrence grew up in a mining town in England. He always hated the mines, however, and frequently used them in his writing to represent both darkness and industrialism, which he despised because he felt it was scarring the English countryside. Lawrence attended high school and college in Nottingham and, after graduation, became a school teacher in Croyden in 1908. Although his first two novels had been unsuccessful, he turned to writing full time when a serious illness forced him to stop teaching. Lawrence spent much of his adult life abroad in Europe, particularly Italy, where he wrote some of his most significant and most controversial novels, including Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterly's Lover. Lawrence and his wife, Frieda, who had left her first husband and her children to live with him, spent several years touring Europe and also lived in New Mexico for a time. Lawrence had been a frail child, and he suffered much of his life from tuberculosis. Eventually, he retired to a sanitorium in Nice, France. He died in France in 1930, at age 44. In his relatively short life, he produced more than 50 volumes of short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel journals, and letters, in addition to the novels for which he is best known.

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