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The Rainbow (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A Tedious Read

    This is not one of Lawrence's finest efforts. It pales beside Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley's Lover. I started reading it because is the prequel to Women in Love, my next-up Lawrence book. However, after laboring through 200+ pages, I gave up, something I rarely do. The Rainbow is tedious, repetitive and, at times, incredibly boring. There are descriptions of moods and feelings that alternate between love and hatred on a daily basis that go on for months and pages. In this book, Lawrence seems to discover a word, then become so fascinated with it he repeats it several times on each page. Then he becomes apparently bored with it, and it never again appears in the novel. Likewise with phrases and entire sentences. The multi-generational characters are complex and interesting, albeit in great need of therapy (which is why they are interesting). The Midlands scenery is painted with the finest brush strokes, and the life-altering events, however seldom they occur, are documented compellingly. But the book, at 500 pages, would greater impact the reader if half the length.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2008


    I've had a love/hate reaction to this novel. I've enjoyed parts of it, but the constant conflict between the changing couples is exhausting. Here's how the book goes: Brangwen man and a woman meet, reluctantly or not so reluctantly fall madly in love, get married. Then inexplicably, the man withdraws from the woman in hatred and disgust. (I wish at this point I'd have made a running count of the times Lawrence uses the words 'hate' or 'hatred' and 'rage'.) The wife, in spite of, or because of her husbands rage and hatred is unhappy or strangely content. Then, eventually, she reaches out to her husband to reconnect and he cruelly rebuffs her. Much weeping and wailing ensues. The husband continues on in his boiling black rage until suddenly he madly loves his wife again and seeks to reconcile. They come together immediately or eventually, madly passionate in vaguely worded sex scenes. They are content for about a day and a half then the same thing repeats with the wife retreating and blah blah blah. He acts like an unreasoned psychopath, she acts like a mental patient. And so on and so on for about 500 pages. This book more than anything vividly illustrates Lawrence's volatile, unstable, unhealthy relationships with women. I don't know why anyone would want to live that way and I'm not sure why anyone would want to read about it in a book. And, so you know, I am a life-long student of literature. I'm not mad at this book because it doesn't have vampires in it or that it doesn't reveal through clairvoyant means that Martin Sheen is going to blow up the world if he is elected president.

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