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    Set in the rural midlands of England, The Rainbow revolves around three generations of Brangwens, a family deeply involved with the land and noted for their strength and vigour. 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. Their stories continue in Women in Love.

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    "O'Brien reads the Brangwens, both women and men, as vital people, with instinctive lines that are both sensual and spiritual; always they are whole and organic as they are drawn inexorably into the Rainbow. Both book and reading give us Lawrence at his best." ( AudioFile)

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    • Geoff Maddison
    • 09/08/2012

    Death and Rebirth, the Old and New.

    A brilliant telling of the Brangwen family's 3 generations, before and after the industrial revolution from their small bit of England, and their rise from people of the land, to people of culture and worldly knowledge, with moral, spiritual and earthly struggles. Eventually revolving around the granddaughter, Ursula, a 'modern' women of free thought and the challenges that envelope her. It is a story of great passions, misfortunes, loves and agonies, always surrounded by their small place in the world of earthly power.
    If you love this book as much as I have, 'Women in Love' continues the tale, this time focusing on Ursula's younger sister, Gudrun.

    Maureen O'Brien is the best narrator I have, to this point, heard! Remarkable!

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    • Michael
    • 18/07/2017

    Strangely Contemporary

    Written in the early 1900's this novel seems strangely contemporary with characters and situations that still resonate. This novel is primarily about characters and their relationship to environment, and not much about story. The novel follows the lives of a family that transitions from rural to industrial life in turn of the century Britain. There is some mildly erotic bi-curious scenes and lots of frank sexuality. All the action in this book is quite slow and almost all is internal to the characters. The writing is touching and subtly powerful. The story mirrors real life, over multiple generations, so there is a balance of death and birth, and happiness and despair, but I did not find this at all depressing, but life affirming.

    This book reminded me a bit of Jude of Obscure, which I also liked quite a bit.

    I had read Sons and Lovers and liked it a lot. I liked this more, and just added the sequel Women in Love to my queue.

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    • 07/03/2016

    Not so hard

    Often I struggled through this while reading. Not so listening. Also discovered that Lawrence isn't just about sex. He writes a lot about urbanization and modern dehumanizing employment practices, just as relevant today. Even where sex is talked about, it's talked about very deeply and meaningfully. Not at all pornographically. Really an extension of Hardy with a bit of Freud thrown in. Oh, and a bit of Dolls House and Hedda Gabler. Figure that much of the fuss, the establishmentarian reaction, historically speaking, actually related to the story's radical and individualistic view point rather than sex scenes as such (as there really weren't any to speak of, even for the times.) I wouldn't be surprised if Lawrence included more sex later in Women and Chatterley just to stick it to readers who chose not to see past these matters in his first few books. All in all, an incredible author, the likes of whom we won't see again for awhile to come.

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    • David C.
    • 24/10/2020

    Dark Desires In The Shadow of The Rainbow

    This is the second of D.H. Lawrence's works I have read recently as part of the Modern Library Top 100. While I think that Lawrence is a decent enough writer, I don't know if he rates three books in the list of the 100 most important novels of the 20th Century.

    Sons and Lovers was the first work. And, though not technically a trilogy, the three works delve into the depths of human sexuality at the close of the Victorian Era.

    The Rainbow focuses on three generations of the Brangwen family in the Midlands of England beginning in the 1840's. Polish refugee Lydia, a widow and mother of ten year old Anna, meets and marries Tom Brangwen, whose entire life is his community. The story follows Anna who marries a son of one of Tom's brothers with whom she fights and hates but which serves as a component of their sexual relationship and many children, particularly daughters, that resulted from.their dark passion. Their eldest, Ursula, her father's favorite and herself sexually compulsive, engages in a lesbian relationship as a teen with a teacher, then a straight relationship with a soldier of Polish extraction for whom she had remained distanced from during South Africa's Boer Wars and a realization that her desires are more sensual than a desire to be part of a relationship.

    Written in 1915, it was immediately banned in England and thousands of copies burned though smuggled copies from America made it an underground sensation. A similar situation occured with Sons and Lovers and the follow-up novel, Women In Love.

    The Rainbow is referential to the advent of modernization that was transforming the English countryside of quaint villages yielding to ever expanding modern construction that would merge those communities into one large new community. While anathema to those who cling to the past, to the modernist, a plethora of endless possibilities.

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    • J. S.
    • 04/07/2021

    Rich and evocative

    A sprawling story that spans multiple generations of a family, this ambitious book is filled with rich imagery and passion, it tries to boldly capture the essence of human desire, and to showcase the failures inherent in such flawed creatures capable of so much beauty. It owes a lot to the Bronte works, especially Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. Lawrence's command of language is simply breathtaking at times. A wonderful work.

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    • paul shire
    • 07/07/2020

    I tried

    I tried to get into this novel by a world famous author - but it never grabbed my interest which is not to say you might appreciate it

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    • Linda Behrend
    • 29/06/2020

    Disappointing

    I had hoped that Ursula would come to her senses but no. I love D. H. Lawrence and was glad to listen to this book.

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    • Deborah DeLadurantaye
    • 26/06/2020

    Not to miss

    What a treasure. Erudite & Steamy. Part of women’s history and always so wonderfully close to nature.

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    • Jennifer S
    • 07/11/2019

    Loved it!

    A romantic ghost story. I found it very entertaining. I love Mary Jane Wells' voice.

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    • Anna
    • 26/05/2012

    Horrid and depressing

    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If your depressed this book might put you over the edge, very repetitive, no hope; I am very glad I am not part of this family. They live in their own doom. I originally bought another book by this author, but decided not to put myself though the misery of listening to it. I give the performance a 5 star because anyone who can suffer through reading it deserves many stars.

    Did Maureen O'Brien do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes, job very well done!

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment, when you give a book a powerful title like "the Rainbow" you expect it to have some encouraging messages, not to be dreary and depressing! It should have been called "The Hopeless Family".

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