Kangaroo

Kangaroo

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by D. H. Lawrence
     
 

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Kangaroo is D. H. Lawrence's eighth novel, set in Australia. He wrote the first draft in just forty-five days while living south of Sydney, in 1922, and revised in three months later in New Mexico. The descriptions of the country are among the most vivid and sympathetic ever penned, and the book fuses lightly disguised autobiography with an exploration of political…  See more details below

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Kangaroo is D. H. Lawrence's eighth novel, set in Australia. He wrote the first draft in just forty-five days while living south of Sydney, in 1922, and revised in three months later in New Mexico. The descriptions of the country are among the most vivid and sympathetic ever penned, and the book fuses lightly disguised autobiography with an exploration of political ideas at an immensely personal level. His anxiety about the future of democracy, caught as it was in the turbulent cross currents of fascism and socialism, is only partly appeased by his vision of a new bond of comradeship between men based on their unique separateness. Lawrence's alter ego Richard Somers departs for America to continue his search. Based on a collation of the manuscript, typescripts and first editions, this text of Kangaroo is closest to what Lawrence would have expected to see in print. There is a full Textual apparatus of variants, a comprehensive Introduction giving the background and history of composition and publication and a summary of contemporary reviewers' opinions. Explanatory notes elucidate the many geographical, political and literary allusions in the text; there are three maps and an appendix detailing the Australian locations.

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Editorial Reviews

New York Review of Books
. . . the most truthful and disturbing image one can find of Australia in literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780140189728
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/12/1997
Series:
Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.84(d)

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Meet the Author

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Nottinghamshire in 1885 and died in Vence, France, in 1930. He was the son of a coal-miner and a mother from a family with middle-class aspirations. He was a poet, short story writer, travel writer, playwright, art critic as well as being one of the most consummate novelists of the twentieth century.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
September 11, 1885
Date of Death:
March 2, 1930
Place of Birth:
Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England
Place of Death:
Vence, France
Education:
Nottingham University College, teacher training certificate, 1908

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Kangaroo 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
CATH3R1N3 More than 1 year ago
waste of money and waste of time downloading and reading. Do not buy. Has wierd wording. The end of may is not winter. Ughhh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Spazes out like harlem shake twoleggers while cracking up hysterically :::"::::
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