The Rainbow

The Rainbow

by D. H. Lawrence
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Overview

The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

The surviving text of The Rainbow is collated to provide a text as close as possible to that which the author wrote. Also included are explanatory notes to historical references and allusions and a chronology of the book itself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607783558
Publisher: MobileReference
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Mobi Classics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 458,172
File size: 459 KB

About the Author

David Herbert Lawrence was born 11 September 1885 in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire.His father was a miner and his mother was a schoolteacher.In 1906 he took up a scholarship at Nottingham University to study to be a teacher. His first novel, The White Peacock, was published in 1911. Lawrence gave up teaching in 1911 due to illness. In 1912 he met and fell in love with a married woman, Frieda Weekley, and they eloped to Germany together.They were married in 1914 and spent the rest of their lives together travelling around the world. In 1915 Lawrence published The Rainbow which was banned in Great Britain for obscenity. Women in Love continues the story of the Brangwen family begun in The Rainbow and was finished by Lawrence in 1916 but not published until 1920. Another of Lawrence's most famous works, Lady Chatterley's Lover, was privately printed in Florence in 1928 but was not published in Britain until 1960, when it was the subject of an unsuccessful court case brought against it for obscenity. As well as novels, Lawrence also wrote in a variety of other genres and his poetry, criticism and travel books remain highly regarded. He was also a keen painter. D.H. Lawrence died in France on 2 March 1930.

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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The Rainbow 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Provides family history that helps to illuminate the story of Women in Love.
ridgecat More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that the Rainbow was a very good book. The only problem i had with comprehending the storyline was that the charicters often contradicted themselves. Some of the events in the book are risque, and there are a few scenes that i thought were upseting.
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