Set in the rural midlands of England, The Rainbowrevolves around three generations of the Brangwen family over a period of more than 60 years, setting them against the emergence of modern England. When Tom Brangwen marries a Polish widow and adopts her daughter as his own, he is unprepared for the conflict and passion that erupt. Suffused with biblical imagery, The Rainbow addresses searching human issues in a setting of precise and vivid detail.
In The Rainbow, D. H. Lawrence challenged the customary limitations of language and convention to carry into the structures of his prose the fascination with boundaries and space that characterize the entire novel. A visionary novel, considered to be one of Lawrence's finest, it explores the complex sexual and psychological relationships between men and women in an increasingly industrialized world.
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"Lawrence is the most Dostoevskian of English novelists, in whose best work conflicting ideological positions are brought into play and set up against each other in dialogue that is never simply or finally resolved." ( David Lodge)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Desiree on 27-06-12

Literary Genius

D.H. Lawrence is a literary genius. After listening to The Rainbow, the Lost Girl, and Lady Chatterlay's Lover, I positively worship Lawrence. I built him a shrine and everything. Kidding aside, Lawrence is deep, cerebral, and emotional. This is life-altering fiction. But not for everyone. Most people won't be able to listen to it. Reading would be better than listening, but I don't think most people would tolerate reading it either.They would think that it drags and is too repetitive and boring. Lawrence is all cerebral emotionality and internal dialogue with very little action. Lawrence is obsessed with using the word "vaguely." Most people would probably say that his vocabulary was stunted and he over-relied on "vaguely" but I believe Lawrence's repetitive and crutch-like overuse and misuse of certain words was purposeful, much in the same way Picasso used blue paint during his "Blue Period." I adore everything Lawrence wrote, but I read the unabridged version of Tolstoy's War and Peace just for fun and thought It was one of the best books I've ever read. If you're like me, you'll love listening to The Rainbow and all of Lawrence's works.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Sar on 04-05-12

Amazing literary work ruined by an awful narrator

What disappointed you about The Rainbow?

I *hated* the reader for this work because her tone was completely off. She read with an upbeat, fast, prim and proper affect that, when coupled with her British accent would have been perfectly fabulous for a Victorian romance or the like. However, The Rainbow is a serious book with heavy themes. Lawrence's prose and musings about his character's inner worlds and the human condition need to be really savored and processed, not rushed through as if the narrator were reading a "Jeeves" comedy. First audiobook that I couldn't stand more than 15 minutes of. What a waste of money.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

As stated above, her tone, pacing, and inflection were completely off.

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