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Rainbow (Version 2)

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Briefly appearing in 1915, then banned and taken out of circulation for its adult treatment of sexuality, Lawrence's visionary novel The Rainbow attempts to situate the lives of three generations of the Brangwen family within the continuous social change marking the Victorian transformation of Britain. Farmer Tom and his Polish wife Lydia, whose peaceful rural existence re-enacts the potent myths of Genesis; artisan Will and the matriarch Anna, who go to live among the industrial and mining communities so rapidly sprung up around Nottingham; finally the restless Ursula who, moving to the city, seeks sexual and emotional fulfilment with the Polish-descended Skrebensky - the three couples are not merely illustrative of the changing times, but allow the author to study in depth the conflict between the outer 'social' selves of those individuals and what he curiously calls the 'inhuman' essential being, the 'is-ness' at the core of their psychical life.

Lawrence evokes this dark, unconscious 'vital core' through a language of breathtaking poetic beauty; a rhythmic incantatory prose which listeners to this recording will find perfectly rendered by Tony Foster, in all its nuances. Like Paul Morel, the hero of the earlier Sons and Lovers, Ursula survives her losses to face a future of uncertain but radiant hope: "She saw in the rainbow the earth's new architecture, the old, brittle corruption of houses and factories swept away, the world built up in a living fabric of Truth, fitting to the over-arching heaven."

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[Transcriber's note: a few brief passages found in other editions, but not in this edition, have been noted as [censored material] as having been probably elided by this publisher by reason of content]

THE RAINBOW

BY D. H. LAWRENCE

THE

MODERN LIBRARY

NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1915, BY D. H. LAWRENCE

Random House is the publisher of

THE MODERN LIBRARY

BENNETT A. CERF :: DONALD S. KLOPFER :: ROBERT K. HAAS

Manufactured in the United States of America Printed by Parkway Printing Company Bound by H. Wolff

TO ELSE

CONTENTS

I How Tom Brangwen Married a Polish Lady II They Live at the Marsh III Childhood of Anna Lensky IV Girlhood of Anna Brangwen V Wedding at the Marsh VI Anna Victrix VII The Cathedral VIII The Child IX The Marsh and the Flood X The Widening Circle XI First Love XXII Shame XIII The Man's World XIV The Widening Circle XV The Bitterness of Ecstasy XVI The Rainbow

THE RAINBOW

CHAPTER I

HOW TOM BRANGWEN MARRIED A POLISH LADY

I

The Brangwens had lived for generations on the Marsh Farm, in the meadows where the Erewash twisted sluggishly through alder trees, separating Derbyshire from Nottinghamshire... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - May 10, 2016
Subject: Excellent!
Superbly read by Tony Foster with genuine feeling for the prose - one reader throughout too, which is always a pleasure.


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