The Rainbow (Penguin Classics) D H Lawrence 1915

RainbowThe Rainbow was part of a trilogy of books – ‘The Rainbow’, ‘Women in Love’ and ‘Sons & Lovers’.

‘The Rainbow’ and ‘Women in Love’ were originally one book but were separated at the request of the publisher who declined to release ‘Women in Love’ after the reaction to ‘The Rainbow’.

I read this whilst living in Guernsey. I wonder if where you are when you read a book has some bearing on it residing within your memory. I remember this one all the more because on the day I closed the book for the last time, I went for a walk alo

ng a rain swept beach only to be greeted by a gorgeous rainbow across the sea… This amazed me, some kind of a sign…

But back to the book. It follows three generations of the Brangwen family in 1840. As with all Lawrence’s work, the main focus is with their sexuality, how life takes its toll and leads to change within people especially after marriage.

Ursula is the main focus of this work, a great chapter exploring her love of her female teacher and much to my joy her teacher acquiesced. The thing that I love about a Lawrence book and what always draws me in are his frank (for such times) discussion of sexuality. It was because of this that the book was banned for 11 years following its release in England – though it was still to be found in America. Once again, I guess I was drawn to this book due to his exploration of female sexuality but the bonus was what a great read. Very thought provoking and it made you realise that the problems we deal with in life haven’t really changed all that much since the 1840’s and I imagine won’t change much by 2140!

You can buy The Rainbow here

The Rainbow (Wordsworth Classics)

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