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White Peacock

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White Peacock by D.H. Lawrence is a beautifully written novel that explores themes of love, loss, and the complexities of human relationships. Set in the English countryside, the story follows the lives of two families intertwined through marriage and friendship.

The characters are vividly drawn and each one is unique and fully fleshed out. Lawrence's prose is both lyrical and evocative, painting a vivid picture of the rural landscape and the emotional lives of his characters. The novel has a timeless quality to it, with its exploration of love and desire feeling just as relevant today as it did when it was first published.

While the plot may be slow-paced at times, the depth of the characters and their relationships make up for it. The novel's exploration of themes such as social class, jealousy, and the nature of love adds layers of complexity to the story, making it a satisfying and thought-provoking read.

Overall, White Peacock is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant novel that will stay with readers long after they have finished it. D.H. Lawrence's skillful storytelling and insightful observations about human nature make this a classic worth reading.

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Lawrence’s first novel is set in Nethermere (his name for the real-life Eastwood in Nottinghamshire). The plot is narrated by Cyril Beardsall and focuses in particular on the relationship of his sister Lettie with two admirers, the more handsome and down to earth George and the more effete gentleman Leslie. She eventually marries Leslie although she is sexually attracted to George. George marries the conventional Meg and both marriages end in unhappiness.
The countryside of the English midlands is beautifully evoked and there is powerful description also of the impact of industrialisation on both town and country.

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