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The Rainbow (1915)

por D. H. Lawrence

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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.""… (mais)
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A Remarkable Book

This book follows three generations of the Brangwean family. Each generation struggles to find the meaning of love and life in their lives.
His writing is beautiful:
"It was midsummer, the days were glamorously long." I never thought a simple sentence could convey a sense of adventure and also of luxury at the same time.

My favorite chapter was "A Man's World". In this chapter, Ursula becomes a teacher after completing high school. (Only to avoid the expectation of marriage). She is a fifth grade teacher with a class of 55 students. She faces the daily challenge of engaging unruly students:

"Children will never naturally acquiesce to sitting in a class and submitting to knowledge. They must be compelled by a stronger wiser will. Against which will they must always strive to revolt.... Ursula thought she was going to become the first wise teacher by making the whole business personal, and using no compulsion. She believed entirely in her own personality."

Unfortunately, she abandons her efforts to using her personality to convince the students to complete their writing and sums. Eventually she resorts to "thrashing" a young boy in front of the class. She then has to deal with the wrath of the parent and her headmaster.

Lawrence was a teacher in a primary school for several years. I wonder how much of this chapter came from his own experience! Throughout the book, I marveled that, writing over 100 years ago, Lawrence was able to convey the inner lives of men and women in a way that still resonates today. ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
Well, what I think of this book is hard to put into words. Let me begin with the comment that I was astonished to find this was a banned book. Obsceneties? Where? Or maybe the description of those depend on the time one is living in, but I didn't detect anything obscene.
Then the book. Well, I found it chaotic, going back and forth between the thoughts & actions of different people without a clear distiction.
It was also a tidbit boring, merely a description of circumstances, thoughts & feelings. It was okay, but not spectacular. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Apr 4, 2020 |

Reread 3/11/17

I listened to The Rainbow read by Maureen O’Brien on audible and have come to like the story more on the second read. The publication of the book is quite an accomplishment in 1915 and met with controversy mostly about the discussion of sex, premarital sex, and lesbianism. It is nothing surprising today and could probably be played on network television with very little editing of the content. Today, the roles of women bring controversy to the reader but it must be remembered that the setting takes place over one hundred and thirty years ago. Much has changed since then, although teaching middle school remains much the same, and the reader needs to remember the period it was written in and the period written about.

I am going to immediately pick up on Ursala's story in the sequel, Women in Love.
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The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence is perhaps one of his finest works. Lawrence was born in 1885 the fourth son of a coal miner. He was a sickly child and graduated teacher's training in Nottingham. His writing created controversy and lead to some of his books and stories being banned. Lawrence's most popular themes were the sexual and physiological life and the implications of class difference.

The Rainbow, published in 1915, covers the life of the Brangwen family from the 1840s through 1905. The opening chapters set the theme. The Brangwen farm was in a very rural setting and the building facing back into the land. The main house looks out on the road. It is a separation of the world inward looking and outward looking. Industrialization of England brings change to the rather isolated family. First, a canal is built across the farmland and although the family is compensated for the intrusion it divides the farm. Next comes the railway not only crossing the farm but also bringing the noise smoke and whistles of a modern world to their simple life. Tom the youngest son also discovers sex, with a pub prostitute, which defines a different role in his mind for women outside of mothers and sisters and later women he would meet. He will eventually marry a widowed Polish refugee, Lydia.

The second section of the book deals with Lydia's daughter from her first marriage and Will, the son of one of Tom's brothers. The happy marriage turns to one based on sex and fertility. The oldest daughter, Ursula, is the main character in the third and final part of the book. Ursula provides the most famous part of the novel not only her life and lovers but also those who she meets. Society still strict rules create a culture that manufactures appearances to hide desires. Social restrictions, morality, industrialization, and colonialism all play a role in the book although it is primarily known for its sexual themes. The book was prosecuted for obscenity in 1915 and was unavailable in England for eleven years.

This Dover edition contains only a brief note of the author and of the story. For a classic book, however, little is needed in an introduction. Lawrence, although a modernist, writes in a clear way. The setting descriptions may be filled with small details and the characters filled with complex thoughts but the reading is easy to understand and the themes are nearly impossible to mix. The Dover editions, as always, bring quality works and quality printing at a very fair cost. ( )
  evil_cyclist | Mar 16, 2020 |
A character study of Ursula Brangwine, and her personal growth process, at least according to Lawrence's standards. It shows a good deal about the Middle Class life of provincial Edwardian England. Later feminists do not rate this book highly. Originally published in 1915, it was a groundbreakingng effort. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 12, 2019 |
It took me longer than I expected to finish this book, in part because it took a long while for the story to get interesting. Three generations of a family are depicted in this novel, and the last portion - concerning Ursula - is the most famous and interesting. A lot of the book is repetitive, with family members struggling continually with the same trials and life neither improving or devolving for anyone. I will say, however, that mid-way through the book, I checked the original publication date and was surprised - this book, with its discussion of sex, a lesbian affair, and a woman's desire for a life beyond marriage and family, was definitely ahead of its time and pieces of the story feel as through they could apply to life today. ( )
  wagner.sarah35 | Aug 31, 2019 |
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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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