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Set In The Rural Midlands Of England, The RainbowRevolves 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


10 thoughts on “The Rainbow

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    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 conventionally Christian people they seek and submit to the forces of nature, their physical desires, free of guilt and shame They marvel at creation, and worship it and each other through the medium of their mingling, tingling flesh A deep, true sacrament Yet when this was banned shortly after publication, it was on the grounds of obscenity, rather than blasphemy lesbianism alluded to, though nowadays, any outrage comes from the fact that view spoiler one is the teacher of the other hide spoiler


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    The situation was almost ridiculous But do you love him asked Dorothy It isn t a question of loving him, said Ursula I love him well enough certainly than I love anybody else in the world And I shall never love anybody else the same again We have had the flower of each other But I don t care about love I don t value it I don t care whether I love or whether I don t, whether I have love or whether I haven t What is it to me And she shrugged her shoulders in fierce, angry contempt.Dorothy pondered, rather angry and afraid Then what do you care about she asked, exasperated I don t know, said Ursula But something impersonal Love love what does it mean what does it amount to So much personal gratification It doesn t lead anywhere It isn t supposed to lead anywhere, is it said Dorothy, satirically I thought it was the one thing which is an end in itself When I think of epic masterpieces, I think of something of Tolstoyian length, an 800 to 1200 page monster that will consume your life for a month or two My Everyman s Library edition of The Rainbow weighs in at 460 pages, a rather modest number to achieve such a distinction as epic And yet here I am declaring this an epic masterpiece It has been decades since I ve read D H Lawrence I was reading The Unexpected Professor by John Carey, and he talked about a lot of books, but in particular, it was his discussion of spending a summer reading all of Lawrence s works that inspired me to consider returning to Lawrence Carey wrestled with Lawrence, not of the homoerotic desire type, but with his structure and style He couldn t really say he enjoyed him or liked him, but he couldn t stop reading him Aye, I understand that perfectly I would read a big chunk of this book and set it aside, only to return to it a few days later and read another big chunk I finally became exasperated with myself and decided to devote myself to Lawrence In a flurry of hot reading, where I was completely immersed in the damp, black soil and the twisted sheets of the sexual revolution happening in the Nottinghamshire countryside, I finished the book, leaving myself completely spent, completely satisfied, wishing I smoked because I was in desperate need of something to settle down my hammering heart and my frayed emotional psyche This is a story of three generations of the Brangwen family We have Tom and Lydia, then Anna and Will, and finish with Ursula and her torturous relationship with Anton Skrebensky Through these characters, Lawrence explores the larger concepts of what relationships really are and our expectations for them Certainly sex is a part of it, but what is interesting for me is the emotional reactions that people have to one another The misunderstandings, the misplaced passions, and ultimately with Ursula, a rejection of the need to submit to the suffocating baggage of a permanent, committed relationship Tom is the second husband for Lydia, which unbalances the relationship Tom is caught up in the grand passions of his desire for his wife, but she doesn t gulp her passions like he does She sips them She is measured because she, in so many ways, has been made older from her past experiences in than just years It was not, he had to learn, that she would not want him enough, as much as he demanded that she should want him It was that she could not She could only want him in her own way, and to her own measure And she had spent much of life before he found her as she was, the woman who could take him and give him fulfilment She had taken him and given him fulfilment She still would do so, in her own times and ways But he must control himself, measure himself to her How many times do relationships fail because we try to change the person we are involved with into who we want them to be, or maybe we want to cocoon them as they are so that they never change from the person we first fell in love with Lawrence is adept at hitting the reader with these great moments of understanding when everything that had been so murky becomes so clear She did not know him as himself But she knew him as the man She looked at him as a woman in childbirth looks at the man who begot the child in her an impersonal look, in the extreme hour, female to male Her eyes closed again A great, scalding peace went over him, burning his heart and his entrails, passing off into the infinite Anna Lensky, who is Lydia s child by her first marriage but was raised by Tom Brangwen, marries Will Brangwen Like most of us, she is swept up in the romance of the courtship when desire supersedes all else That time when the possibilities are endless Once the reality of marriage hits and she can see the halcyon days of her childhood disappearing forever in the mists of the past, she starts to rebel She is sensitive and assumes much from Will s inability to always express himself in terms of reassurance She lashes out at what he loves, wanting him to share her growing misery Tom, for all intents and purposes her father, really puts a fine point on exactly what is driving Anna to make Will so miserable You mustn t think I want to be miserable, she cried I don t We quite readily believe it, retorted Brangwen Neither do you intend him to be hopping for joy like a fish in a pond It is quite a shock to settle into quiet domesticity Anna wants for little, but for all that, there is certainly something missing The fresh linen feel of the courtship faze has been replaced by sheets that have been washed and washed again It is a question we all reach at some point in our lives, sometimes many points in our lives, Is this all there is Will is crazy about her, but doesn t always know how to tell her, and she takes maybe too much pleasure out of torturing him about his beliefs, but the fury this inspires does eventually prove to be an aphrodisiac So this all brings us to Ursula Brangwen, the oldest daughter of Will and Anna She has opportunities that no female has ever had before in her family She goes to college She holds down a job outside the home She experiences a level of independence almost equal to what she would have had if she had been born a man This isn t just given to her She has to fight her family for it As she feels herself become mired in the same marriage traps that her grandmother and mother surrendered to, she can t let herself submit She must escape She wants to exist independently, not only from a husband and her family, but from everyone She wants to always have choices and options to be who she wants to be without hindrances and to be able to seize the day without considerations She wants to be loved without commitment and love without being subjugated This was heady stuff to be published in 1915 Lydia submits to a marriage, but with her eyes wide open, and refuses to become what her husband wants her to be Anna, in many ways spoiled with too much freedom, rebels and tries to break her husband, only to discover that the cost to both of them is too great Her rebellion is short lived, and she gives herself over to her children, but in Ursula we can see the joining of her grandmother and mother in questioning the strictures of a society imposed submission to a man Why must she Lawrence considered this, rightly so, to be a feminist novel Barbara Hardy, in the introduction, gives this thought an intriguing twist Ursula is the first woman in English fiction who is imagined as having the need and courage for a sexual odyssey Ursula rails at one point, Why can t I love a hundred men Why must I choose one The adventures of Ursula continue in Women in Love I will, of course, be continuing my wrestling match with Lawrence I would say, at this point, it might be a draw I can only hope he is as spent as I am and will be content to lie a bit and stare at the sky and contemplate the odysseys of these women before we have to grapple once again If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    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 tenuously with the world circumscribing them And carnal love emerges as the only authentic religious force capable of exalting the unsatisfied, solitary halves to a state of spiritual communion and fulfillment His pride was bolstered up, his blood ran once in pride But there was no core to him as a distinct male he had no core His triumphant, flaming, overweening heart of the intrinsic male would never beat again He would be subject now, reciprocal, never the indomitable thing with a core of overweening, unabateable fire She had abated that fire, she had broken him. Multigenerational family sagas usually employ some common thread that binds together the disparate story arcs and subplots presumably some long suppressed odious family secret, the effect of the altering milieu on evolving family dynamics, the denuding influence of time on family fortunes And yet Lawrence s account of the Brangwen family is refreshingly free of any such cliched thematic glue.Instead, the narrative sprawls across a wide swath of years, leisurely routing its way through the rituals of marriages, motherhood, and ambivalent father daughter bonds to eventually usher us into Ursula Brangwen s vibrant inner world which serves as the site of a perennial dispute between indefatigable individualism and the urge to live up to societal expectations Even though the sexual politics of Tom and Lydia and Will and Anna Brangwen s marriages are flayed open and dissected with a psychoanalytic precision, it is not until heroine Ursula steps into the embrace of nubile adolescence that I was able to determine a common running theme of an existential tussle between the sexes for supremacy and control The men placed in her hands their own conscience, they said to her Be my conscience keeper, be the angel at the doorway guarding my outgoing and my incoming And the woman fulfilled her trust, the men rested implicitly in her, receiving her praise or her blame with pleasure or with anger, rebeling and storming, but never for a moment really escaping in their own souls from her prerogative. That Lawrence chose to re create the persisting friction between one s individuality and the need to fit into some generic pre ordained role set aside for one by society from a predominantly female perspective is evident from the discernible narrative focus on wonderfully humanized female characters It is the Brangwen women who shield their private inner lives from external interference with a zealous certitude, sometimes even at the expense of emotionally alienating their fathers and husbands They are unafraid to seek personal sexual gratification both in and out of wedlock Lydia s faltering attempts at making peace between an irreconcilable past and present, Anna Brangwen s pertinacious rejection of her husband s religiosity coupled with her unabashed celebration of her own fecundity and the bildungsroman ish account of Ursula s first acquaintance with sexual love and adult responsibilities complement Tom and Will Brangwen s and Skrebensky s viewpoints to create a picture portraying the truth of men and women locked in a contest of self assertion A battle in which either adversary is eventually conquered by a desire for spiritual consummation transcending the individual s need for validation So it went on continually, the recurrence of love and conflict between them One day it seemed as if everything was shattered, all life spoiled, ruined, desolate and laid waste The next day it was all marvellous again, just marvellous. That I have refrained from giving this the full 5 stars can in part be attributed to the raw lushness of Lawrence s prose and excessive reliance on florid metaphors which often suffocated me, dulling my desire to continue reading Besides Ursula and Gudrun s stories remain to be told in entirety Only after Women in Love can I decide on a final comment on the Brangwen saga.


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    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 blinded my eyes but stimulated my senses bringing back all the reasons that make of D.H Lawrence one of my favorite writers of all times His falling from grace within the literary circles in recent years led me to take this novel with wariness and apprehension, lest I would be obliged to dethrone one the literary idols of my teenage days There was no need for fretting I met Lawrence again, gasped trying to catch my breath in gulps of stupefaction and drowned in the blissful confusion of Lawrence s engulfing narrative, which was consistently censored during his time for its obscene and blasphemous approach to sexuality and for the inherent reproval of the institution of marriage in the corseted post Victorian society Setting the story in the span of three generations of the Brangwen family, Lawrence echoes the opposing rhythms of continuity and change of the rural world of Midlands in the 1840s towards the industrialization of the 20thC and projects the shifting social circumstances onto its characters, which co exist in ceaseless conflict with their inner male and female groundings and the inexorable breach that separate individuals who instinctively crave for spiritual unity The social ideal of marital union appears fractured in front of the sexual experience, which is given the dimension of religious mystery, whereas love surfaces as the means and not the end in itself to cross the bridge of strangeness between independent beings that will steer them towards the so much desired sacred consummation It is in the second half of the novel where Ursula, the main protagonist and the third generation of the Brangwen women, epitomizes the combative terrain of human relationships in dark, fluid and almost metaphysical eroticism that transcends gender, class or any other categorization, setting the foundations for the sequel to this novel Women in Love Love is a dead idea to them They don t come to one and love one they come to an idea, and they say You are my idea , so they embrace themselves 288 Lawrence s prose is the result of a bewildering compendium of biblical allusions, pagan and natural imagery and a profound grasp of the synaptic connections that trigger desire, yearning and the irrepressible urge to abandon the safety of one s individuality to leap into the unknown abyss of another being, to lose grip of self dominance in favor of frenzied carnal and spiritual lust and to withstand the tempestuous battle of wills inherent in any relationship His writing is lyrical but not soothing and saturated with many ongoing contradictions that materialize in rhetorical repetitiousness, alliterations and dense passages reflecting the labyrinthine crevices of the human psyche, combining the realistic tradition, the classic mysticism and a modern diction assimilating the stream of consciousness technique From the magnetic lure of the erect church to the pond trembling with the glitter of the full moon, Lawrence seduces and repels, exults and smothers, fuses and tears the reader s soul apart with his dialectical opposites in constant generative antagonism And so light upon darkness, fecundity upon death and gloom folded music upon silence draw a vivid, magnificent rainbow as a promise of universal rebirth, wherein love and death burn and melt leaving only the ashes of an indomitable passion A passion for living.


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    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 became enthralled with the character of Ursula, and I think this enhanced my enjoyment of The Rainbow The Brangwen family history starts in the mid 19th century with young Tom Brangwen Tom falls in love with and marries a polish immigrant, Lydia, who already has a daughter, Anna, from a previous relationship Anna is adopted by Tom and the story progresses through Anna s growth and her eventual marriage to Tom s nephew, Will Brangwen The birth of Anna s and Will s daughter, Ursula, is when the novel really comes to life Her vibrant personality and unique views of love, sexuality, and religion make her one of literatures most interesting characters.Some readers struggle with it, while some critics consider it a work of genius Either way, you have to acknowledge the quality of Lawrence s writing It s uniqueness puts it in a category of it s own and may be appreciated today than it was a century ago.


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    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.


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    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 force in humans, the passion to consummate the desire for intimacy and the love of another Frankly, this is one of the only literary novels that animated my appetite for affections, with passages such as His body trembled as he held her He loved her till he felt his heart and all his veins would burst and flood her with his hot, healing blood He knew his blood would heal and restore her His head felt so strange and blazed Still he held her close, with trembling arms His blood seemed very strong, enveloping her And at last she began to draw near to him, she nestled to him His limbs, his body, took fire and beat up in flames She clung to him, she cleaved to his body The flames swept him, he held her in sinews of fire If she would kiss him He bent his mouth down And her mouth, soft and moist, received him He felt his veins would burst with anguish of thankfulness, his heart was mad with gratefulness, he could pour himself out upon her for ever When they came to themselves, the night was very dark They lay still and warm and weak, like the new born, together And there was a silence almost of the unborn Only his heart was weeping happily, after the pain He did not understand, he had yielded, given way There was no understanding There could be only acquiescence and submission, and tremulous wonder of consummation The focus is on three main characters Tom Brangwen, Anna Brangwen his Polish adopted daughter who married Tom s nephew, her first cousin by law, not blood and Anna s daughter Ursula Brangwen It spans about 65 years from the 1840s to 1905 Tom married a Polish refugee widow named Lydia who had a 10 year old daughter Anna Tom a farmer and Lydia as well as Anna and Will a wood craftsman are happy enough to live in Nottinghamshire in the east Midlands of England Yet, as time goes by, England becomes industrialized and urbanized, and Ursula seeks an education to become a teacher A little over half of the novel covers the first 2 generations, while the remainder focuses on Ursula and her passions Ursula falls in love with Anton Skrebensky, a British soldier of Polish ancestry, but he is conscripted to go to Africa.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 full 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 After Anton s departure, Ursula has a sexual relationship with her female teacher which she breaks off long before Anton s return a few years on Yet, things are not so clear with Anton At the book s end, Urusula dreams of a rainbow towering over the Earth She saw in the rainbow the earth s new architecture, the old, brittle corruption of houses and factories swept away, the world built up in a living fabric of Truth, fitting to the over arching heaven The story of Ursula and her sister Gudrun continues in a sequel published in 1920 called Women in Love, which I intend to read.


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    Reread 3 11 17I listened to The Rainbow read by Maureen O Brien on audible and have come to like the story on the second read The publication of the book is quite an accomplishment in 1915 and met with controversy mostly about the discussion of sex, premarital sex, and lesbianism It is nothing surprising today and could probably be played on network television with very little editing of the content Today, the roles of women bring controversy to the reader but it must be remembered that the setting takes place over one hundred and thirty years ago Much has changed since then, although teaching middle school remains much the same, and the reader needs to remember the period it was written in and the period written about I am going to immediately pick up on Ursala s story in the sequel, Women in Love ________________________________________________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 chapters set the theme The Brangwen farm was in a very rural setting and the building facing back into the land The main house looks out on the road It is a separation of the world inward looking and outward looking Industrialization of England brings change to the rather isolated family First, a canal is built across the farmland and although the family is compensated for the intrusion it divides the farm Next comes the railway not only crossing the farm but also bringing the noise smoke and whistles of a modern world to their simple life Tom the youngest son also discovers sex, with a pub prostitute, which defines a different role in his mind for women outside of mothers and sisters and later women he would meet He will eventually marry a widowed Polish refugee, Lydia The second section of the book deals with Lydia s daughter from her first marriage and Will, the son of one of Tom s brothers The happy marriage turns to one based on sex and fertility The oldest daughter, Ursula, is the main character in the third and final part of the book Ursula provides the most famous part of the novel not only her life and lovers but also those who she meets Society still strict rules create a culture that manufactures appearances to hide desires Social restrictions, morality, industrialization, and colonialism all play a role in the book although it is primarily known for its sexual themes The book was prosecuted for obscenity in 1915 and was unavailable in England for eleven years This Dover edition contains only a brief note of the author and of the story For a classic book, however, little is needed in an introduction Lawrence, although a modernist, writes in a clear way The setting descriptions may be filled with small details and the characters filled with complex thoughts but the reading is easy to understand and the themes are nearly impossible to mix The Dover editions, as always, bring quality works and quality printing at a very fair cost.


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    If you re into stuff like this, you can read the full review.Working Class Fiction The Rainbow by D H Lawrence Original Review, 2002 06 08 Lawrence is uneven, but of the four novels I ve read by him, The Rainbow is the best I read Sons and Lovers at the British Council I loved it at 15, but loved it far less 2 years later I liked Lady Chatterley s Lover than I thought I would, but that maybe because of all the scorn I d heard poured on it before I read the book I read The Rainbow before I read Women in Love , and found the first of the diptych far superior to the second Women in Love often seemed to me to read like Lawrence at his overblown, blood flowing, loin thrusting worst.


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    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 is she expected to be void of personality Do tell , and she is expected to have two or three kids at her hip Oy To Ursula, it was as if the world had opened its softest purest flower, its chicory flower, its meadow saffron Give me a banned book any day, especially if it s from Lawrence At the close of every year, Lawrence and I have had this affair going on I snuggle up with his words to bring in the new year, and I m enlightened by his feministic approach in literature, particularly given the century I can t help it, I love men who view women as equals in fact, I married such a man eight years ago and I m proud to call him my best friend and partner But anyway, on to other ramblings Before this, there was Sons and Lovers, which is still my favorite, and Women in Love, which is part philosophical in its approach to life and love Out of the three, I would say this book, The Rainbow, has Lawrence s best prose style, so far Don t take my word for it, however, because I m still working my way through his works I ve read Lady Chatterley s Lover in snippets somewhere in undergrad or grad school, when you read a book and sometimes find yourself skimming the material just to get through the list, so that doesn t count Now I m reading for pleasure most times not even bothering to include books I read for work on GR , sipping words like warm espresso on a cold spring morning, feeling the boldness of black print on my tongue as I read aloud He was the sensual male seeking his pleasure, she was the female ready to take hers but in her own way A man could turn into a free lance so then could a woman She adhered as little as he to the moral world The story traverses generations, starting with the Brangwens, a family of farmers It s quite possible to dislike the women at first, because of characterization, but with reading patience, it s easy to see the portrait that Lawrence paints Each husband or lover has some feeling of helplessness because he is with a woman who is independently driven, or psychologically unavailable Until he gets to understand her or appreciate her individuality, there is the normal drama of the love affair or drunkenness And then there is the moment they connect, both on a sexual and mental level, when their bond suddenly is so strong that even their children fight to penetrate it He wanted to live unthinking, with her presence flickering upon him Yes, I would say that seeing the story unfold through characterization is why I enjoyed this novel It is a psychological journey of self discovery and of recovery from mental trauma Even when the middle drags a bit and a few pages seem like they could have been edited to make characters sound less whiny, Ursula comes on board and she makes everything else seem trivial Make no mistake, all this leads to Ursula Ursula is a main character in Women in Love, so if you haven t read Lawrence, I would suggest reading this before reading Women All this stir and seethe of lights and people was but the rim, the shores of a great inner darkness and void She wanted very much to be on the seething, partially illuminated shore, for within her was the void reality of dark space