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The Rainbow By D.H. Lawrence Daphne Merkin The Rainbow Set in the rural Midlands of England The Rainbow revolves around three generations of the Brangwens a strong vigorous family deeply involved with the land When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish w

  • Title: The Rainbow
  • Author: D.H. Lawrence Daphne Merkin
  • ISBN: 9780451530301
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Rainbow By D.H. Lawrence Daphne Merkin Set in the rural Midlands of England, The Rainbow 1915 revolves around three generations of the Brangwens, a strong, vigorous family, deeply involved with the land When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow,Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter Anna as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupts between them All are seeking individual fulfilment, bSet in the rural Midlands of England, The Rainbow 1915 revolves around three generations of the Brangwens, a strong, vigorous family, deeply involved with the land When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow,Lydia Lensky, and adopts her daughter Anna as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupts between them All are seeking individual fulfilment, but it is Ursula, Anna s spirited daughter, who, in search for self knowledge, rejects the conventional role of womanhood.
    The Rainbow By D.H. Lawrence Daphne Merkin

    The Rainbow May , Storyline Ken Russell s loose adaptation of the last part of D.H Lawrence s The Rainbow sees impulsive young Ursula coming of age in pastoral England around the time of the Boer War At school, she is introduced to lovemaking by a bisexual physical education instructress. The Rainbow The Rainbow Directed by Reginald Barker With Dorothy Sebastian, Lawrence Gray, Sam Hardy, Harvey Clark. What Is a Rainbow Technically, a rainbow is the upper half of a circle of light, which centers on the antisolar point, the point directly opposite the Sun, as seen from your perspective The lower half of the circle, however, is usually not visible since the water droplets hit the ground before it can form. Does the rainbow have a meaning What is the biblical The rainbow has gained popularity in recent years as certain ideological groups have adopted it as their logo However, God has already assigned meaning to this atmospheric beauty In Scripture, the presence of a rainbow was a message from God in fact, God says it Rainbow

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    1. Cecily on said:

      This is a three generation family saga, set in Nottinghamshire, starting in Victorian times and ending before fears of WW1 loomed Except that it isn t that the brief Introduction summarises all the key characters, careers, couplings, births and deaths Events are mere tools and waypoints, not the purpose or destination, because this is not primarily a story it s an experience of passions, clothed in elliptically floral, fiery, watery imagery, stained deep with Biblical themes But these are not co [...]

    2. Samadrita on said:

      Nowhere else within the broad realm of literature have I come across such beauteous turns of phrase devoted to exploring the many dimensions of sexual desire In fact, I cannot cease to wonder how Lawrence manages to convey the intensity and intimacy of a kiss and a caress so effectually without deploying any explicit terms His men and women are often capricious creatures of instinct and restless, stubborn adherents of their inexorable self will which causes them to be in conflict even if tenuous [...]

    3. Dolors on said:

      She turned, and saw a great white moon looking at her over the hill And her breast opened to it, she was cleaved like a transparent jewel to its light She stood filled with the moon, offering herself Her two breasts opened to make way for it, her body opened wide like a quivering anemone, a soft, dilated invitation touched by the moon 268 Re reading The Rainbow after so many years has been like a shattering force of nature A rampant flood that has washed me anew, a piercing light that has blinde [...]

    4. Duane on said:

      The Rainbow was published in 1915 and was the prequel to Women in Love 1920 It is set in rural England in the early 20th century, and is the story of three generations of the Brangwen family It deals with themes like love, relationships, family, homosexuality, social s, religious rebellion, just to name a few It was originally banned in England for it s frank portrayals of sex in nontraditional manners, something that Lawrence would encounter throughout his career.I read Women in Love first and [...]

    5. Perry on said:

      Roy G Biv, the Birds and the Bees 4.4 stars This D.H Lawrence novel, published in 1915, was almost immediately banned as obscene and the first printing of over 1,000 copies were seized and burned It was not available for purchase in Britain for the next 11 years No doubt, this book treated sexual desire as candidly as most books theretofore published While it is relatively mild by today s standards over a century out, it handled sensuality in a way that is true to life as a natural and spiritual [...]

    6. Paul Bryant on said:

      Farty proto fascist flapdoodle served up with a twist of hippy bollocks and garnished with enough of a patina of feminist sympathy for it to goosestep rapidly under some people s radar Yes DH Lawrence could write Somebody should have stopped him though.

    7. Cheryl on said:

      These were the precursors to having a book banned 1 Talk about lesbian love2 Mention love between cousins3 Mention sex4 Have independent minded women, you know, those who didn t believe that they were put on this earth simply to procreate Speaking of women and societal expectations, even in these modern times, some believe that a married woman is supposed to act according to a prescribed norm that is different than a married man which way, I dare ask sometimes is she not supposed to have a voice [...]

    8. Joseph on said:

      The Rainbow by D H Lawrence is perhaps one of his finest works Lawrence was born in 1885 the fourth son of a coal miner He was a sickly child and graduated teacher s training in Nottingham His writing created controversy and lead to some of his books and stories being banned Lawrence s most popular themes were the sexual and physiological life and the implications of class difference The Rainbow, published in 1915, covers the life of the Brangwen family from the 1840s through 1905 The opening ch [...]

    9. Esdaile on said:

      I cannot explain it myself but I feel and have always felt, DH Lawrence s novels to be enormously tedious I have read them out of a sense of duty to Literature with a capital L and have always been pleased when the ride was over It is not that I am unsympathetic to the man or his ideas Quite the contrary I met someone once who said that they intensely disliked what Lawrence was trying to say but admired Larence s novels as great literature With me it is exactly the opposite I strongly approve of [...]

    10. Vit Babenco on said:

      D.H Lawrence was one of the first who has begun to write openly about the awakening of sexual consciousness So they were together in a darkness, passionate, electric, for ever haunting the back of the common day, never in the light In the light, he seemed to sleep, unknowing Only she knew him when the darkness set him free, and he could see with his gold glowing eyes his intention and his desires in the dark Then she was in a spell, then she answered his harsh, penetrating call with a soft leap [...]

    11. Cecily on said:

      My actual review is here It s a brief, emotional response, rather than a traditional review What follows below is just a collection of quotes, grouped loosely by theme, plus a very few comments about the change of tone at the end not spoilers, as the events I ve alluded to are made plain in the book s Introduction.As 2014 crossed into 2015, I was reading Stoner for the first and second time.As 2015 crossed into 2016, I was reading Lawrence for the first time in so long it might have been the fir [...]

    12. Anna on said:

      Wow What can I say about D.H Lawrence I finished this book on the train from Montreal to New York and I think it left a greater impression upon me than my entire trip The first chapter is tremendous The next couple of hundred pages was difficult for me to read a testiment to the impossibility of ever really connecting with someone you love Lawrence is an amazing writer, despite the reputation It was an interesting experience reading this after Women in Love and knowing what was in store for Ursu [...]

    13. Joshua Rhys on said:

      Lawrence is a tough read One chews through the pages of his books sometimes with vigour and often with bafflement While he is hard to read, he is even harder to write about Yet, despite the thick language and often threadbare plot, there is a sense of exhilaration in The Rainbow Underneath all of the claustrophobic intensity are strands of genius and genuine food for thought.The language of The Rainbow is at once alien and alluring To fully appreciate Lawrence I really think a reader must persev [...]

    14. Boz4pm on said:

      The fecund fecundity of Lawrence s fecund verbosity is enough to drive anyone to distraction Paragraphs upon paragraphs describing a sunrise or was it a sunset I forget apparently is the moment two protagonists make love in a field You need the notes to tell you that So much for the man who wrote the infamous Lady Chatterly.Almost as tedious a read as George Eliot.

    15. Dan on said:

      D.H Lawrence writes in the naturalist style but with a sensuousness that is unique His prose is superb and he writes of despair but with enough hope so his books are not depressing I would describe his work in the Rainbow and elsewhere as somewhere between an Emile Zola and John Steinbeck Lawrence may write with symbolism and intimacy but perhaps with less of the storytelling genius of a Steinbeck or the compassion of a Zola.The Rainbow tells of several generations of the Brangwen family living [...]

    16. Elena on said:

      Life, like a dome of many coloured glass,Stains the white radiance of Eternity Shelley s Adonais The world, transfigured by Lawrence s work, here and in Women in Love, appears as a dome of many coloured glass, only the radiance disappears from Eternity The central epiphany that seems to structure Lawrence s work is the recognition of Eternity as a primordial womb of darkness containing all things The world we experience is, then, a bubble of darkness on the surface of which play and mingle many [...]

    17. Jenny (Border Dweller) on said:

      I sort of had the idea that I d read The Rainbow during my culture vulture phase as a student, so it was rather a pleasant surprise to realise I hadn t I think D.H.Lawrence still has a status in the general public perception as a bit of a smut monger he is considered rather un English in his liberal approach to sex and will forever be associated with the Lady Chatterley trial I must say that the book covers and TV film adaptations don t help However there could never be anything English than Th [...]

    18. Heather S. Jones on said:

      i love this book a seminal favorite so organic initially in it s portrayal of people, the earth, and relationships and then there is this evolution of these creations as the generations pass new ideas, new freedom in their world, leading to stronger selves i just love the thoughts on having children d.h never had children and he s a man, nevertheless his insights into a woman s experience are so word perfect here are some of my favorite snippets first, a short one There was life outside the chur [...]

    19. Renee M on said:

      D H Lawrence bores me to tears It s unfair, I know He suffered a lot for his art He contributed greatly to modern literature He dabbled in taboos, such as women liking sex and not necessarily marriage He wrote about same sex relationships But he s just so darned redundant that I always want to hurl the book across the room before I fall into another Lawrence induced sleep stupor Someone really needed to give the man a thesaurus Honestly, I never want to see the word fecund again in my lifetime B [...]

    20. Matt on said:

      Surprisingly evocative, sensistive and rich I know about D.H Lawrence as a person and a thinker than I do his prose, but I ve had this book kicking around forever and I decided to knock it down for good I come to the text with all kinds of feminist apprehension I ve heard for years the critique that Lawrence is chauvinistic, sex obsessed, mysoginistic and misanthropic and makes too much of a precious mysticism out of male female relations, if not strictly abased in aw shucks reverence for the f [...]

    21. Jonathan on said:

      This is a novel, and a reading experience, unlike any other While the novel may be a bit sprawling and unclear in its arc, in its lyrical prose and its gripping emotionality, it is unparalleled Lawrence tells the tale of one family, across three generations Lawrence s usual backdrop of the power and soul rending ugliness of industrialized England is present, as is a natural sense of class culture and English identity Yet all of this fades to the background as the smooth rhythm of Lawrence s lang [...]

    22. Greg on said:

      He seemed to live with a strain upon himself, and occasionally came these dark, chaotic rages, the lust for destruction, Lawrence writes, half way through this story Then Lawrence brings a child, Ursula, into consciousness and this novel soars with hope to the heavens The Rainbow is a real beauty in the world of literature.

    23. Cynthia on said:

      It s been decades since ive read anything by Lawrence and I m not sure how I feel about his The Rainbow I kept debating how I felt about his prose, at times I was astounded but the lushness of it but after a passage went on I began to feel like it was overwrought but the next sentence or paragraph I d begin to hear the beauty again.And then there s the content of The Rainbow which could be described as dated but in many ways the issues of a woman s right to independence seems very relevant I sup [...]

    24. Tony on said:

      THE RAINBOW 1915 D David H Herbert Lawrence I remember that this was one of the assigned novels for my class in English Lit back during my college days I also remember skimming the last four hundred pages or so Now that I am much older and, supposedly, mature and knowledgeable, I thought I d give this book another go So much for added maturity and knowledge The urge to skim again was hard upon me, but I had a purpose This is not a novel in the modern sense of the word Today it is classed as a p [...]

    25. Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly on said:

      The setting of this novel was the rural midlands of England sometime in the early 1900 s this was first published in 1915 It startles as D.H Lawrence, through its characters, presented some bold, provocative ideas here about religion, lesbianism, pre extra marital sex, the social classes and women s independence He was far ahead of his time and this book, upon its publication, was suppressed.The story spanned three generations of the Brangwen family but the author opted to speak mostly through i [...]

    26. Jeremy on said:

      And the rainbow stood on the earth.Once, Lawrence was a king He was important Even in the 1970s, he remained a regular on Literature curriculums Then, gradually, his grip loosened His fingers tired from hanging on to the ledge, or they were plucked, one by one, by some grinning creature Apart from the odd film adaption of Lady Chatterley s Lover, he was let go He fell And, judging by many of the reviews here, twas a good thing to Maybe now that beards are back, perhaps Alas, no, the world is not [...]

    27. Christopher Jones on said:

      Finally managed to finish the book after maybe four months of slow as hell reading It s kind of hard to describe this book The most immediate genre that comes to mind is a coming of age novel, or as I like to call it, a life novel, with the characters being presented to us first as children and later on as adults as the book progresses The novel doesn t do this once, but three times, showing three generations of the Brangwen family, the subject of the book.We see Tom Brangwen Senior stumble his [...]

    28. Liz on said:

      Only half way through so only superficial observations so far Women are unexpectedly 3 dimensional Since I ve read feminists have problems with Lawrence, I m surprised that the women are so fleshed out and imperfect human Male characters may objectify women but Lawrence presents females as emotional intellectual equals and even superior complicated in many instances As another review mentioned, he def tells than shows which is fine, but not my preference The psychology of some of the character [...]

    29. Leslie on said:

      2 stars for the audiobook edition narrated by Paul Slack I didn t care for this book but if you like D.H Lawrence, you probably would like this His writing style main themes irritate me so my main feeling on finishing this is relief that I am done The characters don t seem like any people I have ever met Lawrence has some strange ideas about sex womenFor me, the most interesting parts were when Ursula Brangwen is working as a school teacher without any kind of training Having taught myself, I wa [...]

    30. Justin Evans on said:

      David Lodge s blurb for this is Lawrence is the most Dostoevskian of English novelists He means that both sides of an ideological dispute get their say here, individual vs community, religion vs materialism, idealism vs realism all get played out in the consciousness of individual characters They occasionally talk to each other, but mainly they feel or think in a rather disconnected and puzzling manner Lodge might also have said D.H was Dostoevskian in the sense that he desperately needs an edit [...]

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